Friday, December 10, 2021

Music History Today: December 10, 2021

December 10, 1976: Queen release their fifth album, A Day At The Races, in the UK.
In every sense, A Day at the Races is an unapologetic sequel to A Night at the Opera, the 1975 breakthrough that established Queen as rock & roll royalty.  

Queen album A Day At The Races

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The band never attempts to hide that the record is a sequel -- the two albums boast the same variation on the same cover art, the titles are both taken from old Marx Brothers films and serve as counterpoints to each other.  
Read more: Allmusic
December 10,
 1966: Peter and Gordon top out at Number 6 on the US music chart with "Lady Godiva."
In the song “Lady Godiva” by Peter and Gordon the poor Lady Godiva. Sh’s hoodwinked by a Hollywood director, who turns out to direct porn.

Peter & Gordon
Peter & Gordon

The story goes that the mayor of Coventry tried to stop local airplay of the song because it insulted the city and the legend. Peter Asher (the Peter of Peter and Gordon) said, “I don’t know if some record company press hack dreamed that one up or if it was real.”  
Read more: Pass the Paisley

 

December 10, 1988: Chicago topped the US music chart this week with "Look Away."
By 1988, Diane Warren had already established herself as a songwriter who could give a hit to just about anyone. Warren has said that she wrote “Look Away” about a friend who worked in her office building. That friend had been through a divorce, and she and her husband remained friends. One day, Warren’s friend told her ex that she was about to marry someone else, and he didn’t take it well.  
Read more: Stereogum

December 10, 1994: Bon Jovi peaked at Number 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with "Always."
In 1993, Jon Bon Jovi wrote a song called Always for the soundtrack of a movie called Romeo is Bleeding.  

Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi

However, after Bon Jovi saw a rough cut of the film, he decided that the film was not worthy of his music so he declined to allow Always to be played over scenes of Lena Olin and Gary Oldman shooting guns at each other. Instead, Bon Jovi recorded and released the song on their next album, Cross Road. 
Read more: Unobtainium 13

December 10, 2011: Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera reached Number 4 in the US with "Moves Like Jagger."

Adam Levine Moves Like Hagger
Adam Levine
The Rolling Stones have been certified hitmakers and superstars for more than half a century, but singer Mick Jagger enjoyed a pop-cultural resurgence when Maroon 5 invoked him in their chart-topping smash “Moves Like Jagger.”  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

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