Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Music History Today: December 30, 2021

December 30, 1995: The Beatles enter the US chart at number 10 with "Free as a Bird."

"Free as a Bird" is a song originally composed and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon.

The Beatles Anthology 1
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In 1995 a studio version of the recording, incorporating contributions from Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, was released as a single by the Beatles, 25 years after their break-up. The single was released as part of the promotion for The Beatles Anthology video documentary and the band's Anthology 1 compilation album. 
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December 30, 1967: Eric Burdon & The Animals released "Monterey."

Eric Burdon and the Animals performed at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival at the peak of the Summer of Love> They followed Johnny Rivers onstage and were introduced by Chet Helms. In his book, Monterey Pop, Joel Selvin wrote that, at the festival, "Burdon did nothing short of reinvent himself in front of the audience." The song "Monterey" was subsequently written in tribute to the group's experiences at the festival and proved to be one of the new band's biggest hits. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 30, 1972: Joni Mitchell entered the American Top 40 with her song, "You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio."

Joni Mitchell is one of the most revered and influential performers of her time, but her prodigious output contains very few chart hits, largely because she didn't write songs to popular taste. "You Turn Me On I'm a Radio" was her effort to get a hit, and while it lacks a chorus or any obvious hooks, it is specifically about disc jockeys and radio stations, which helped it garner airplay. 
Read more: Songfacts

December 30, 2002: Norah Jones released "Come Away with Me." 
When Norah Jones arrived in the early 2000s, it appeared as if she was the torchbearer for two traditions on the verge of disappearing: sophisticated vocal jazz designed for small, smoky clubs and the warm, burnished sound of the Southern California singer/songwriters of the early '70s. 
Norah Jones
Norah Jones

Come Away with Me, her 2002 debut -- conspicuously released on the revived Blue Note imprint -- hit this sweet spot and resonated with millions of listeners, turning Jones into an unexpected star.  
Read more: Allmusic

December 30, 2006: The Fray entered the US chart with a cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)."

Free as a Bird
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