Thursday, December 2, 2021

Music History Today: December 3, 2021

December 3, 1977: Willie Nelson began recording the studio album Stardust.
At the height of outlaw country, Willie Nelson pulled off perhaps the riskiest move of the entire bunch. He set aside originals, country, and folk and recorded Stardust, a collection of pop standards produced by Booker T. Jones. 

Willie Nelson  studio album Stardust

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Well, it's not entirely accurate to say that he put away country and folk, since these are highly idiosyncratic interpretations of "Georgia on My Mind," "All of Me," "Moonlight in Vermont," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." 
Read more: Allmusic
December 3, 1966: "Words of Love" by The Mamas & The Papas entered the US Top 100 singles.
"Words of Love" appeared on the album The Mamas & the Papas. Written by John Phillips, it featured Cass Elliot as the primary vocalist. Given the disappointing chart placement of the prior single, Look Through My Window, hopes were high that Words of Love would return the group to the upper reaches of the charts: on the week of January 21, 1967, the single fulfilled this hope, as it reached No. 5 in the United States. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 3, 1977: "What's Your Name" by Lynyrd Skynyrd debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 single chart.
"What's Your Name" is based on a true story. But the incident in this song did not happen in Boise, Idaho.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors

The first line was originally, "It's 8 o'clock and boys it's time to go," but lead singer Ronnie Van Zant changed it when he found out his brother, Donnie, was opening his first national tour with his band .38 Special in Boise. The first line became "It's 8 o'clock in Boise, Idaho." 
Read more: Songfacts

December 3, 1988: A cover medley of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" by Will To Power took over the top spot in the US.
Will to Power is an American dance-pop group that originated in South Florida in the mid-1980s founded by Miami producer Bob Rosenberg. The group recorded a number of hit singles on the Billboard dance and pop charts in the late 1980s and early 1990s, most notably "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley." 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 3, 2001: "Handbags and Gladrags" by Stereophonics was released from their album Just Enough Education to Perform.
The two best-known versions of “Handbags And Gladrags” were recorded by Rod Stewart in the late 1960s and then by Stereophonics in the early 2000s. However that’s not where the song started off. It was written by Mike d’Abo in 1967 while he was the lead singer of Manfred Mann. 
Read more: No Words, No Song

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