Monday, December 6, 2021

Music History Today: December 7, 2021

December 7, 2015: Disturbed released a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence."
It hasn't been silent for Disturbed since their performance of "The Sound of Silence" on Conan from March 2016. 

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That's because the clip just became the first Conan video to surpass 100 million views on the video-sharing platform. That's what host Conan O'Brien recently said while re-posting the David Draiman-led band's Simon and Garfunkel cover from his late-nite talk show. 
Read more: Loudwire

December 7, 1968: Deep Purple entered the Top 40 with the Neil Diamond-written song "Kentucky Woman."

Deep Purple's cover of "Kentucky Woman" was their second single release in 1968.

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Deep Purple

It managed to reach #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single version is an edit of the album version and is four minutes and four seconds in length. The song was featured in Quentin Tarantino's 2019 film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. 
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December 7, 1974: "Ride 'Em Cowboy" by Paul Davis entered the American Top 40 single list.

Ride 'Em Cowboy” written by American singer-songwriter Paul Davis was First recorded on Davis' 1974 album of the same name. The single release peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 47 on the Country chart. It also charted in Canada and Australia. 
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December 7, 1985: Heart peaked at Number 4 on the US Billboard chart with "Never."

It's an empowerment song with a very vague storyline but a seriously catchy chorus.

Heart 1986

Speaking with Songfacts, Knight said: "It feels like that was my theme, and I think it all came out of the fact that I was not going to take s--t from anybody after what I'd been through in the early part of my life." 
Read more: Songfacts

December 7, 1991: Metallica's "The Unforgiven" debuts at Number 65 on the US single chart.

Metallica's self-titled "Black" album was a game changer in many ways, including with guitarist Kirk Hammett who reveals that one of the songs on the album forever changed his approach to creating guitar solos.

Metallica's "The Unforgiven

Reflecting on the historic album with Total Guitar, Hammett cited a moment while recording "The Unforgiven" that would give him the confidence to try a new musical approach in the coming years. 

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The Sound of Silence

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