Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Music History Today: December 9, 2021

December 9, 2005: The movie Brokeback Mountain, musical score by Gustavo Santaolalla, opened in the US.
The music for Brokeback Mountain consists of seventeen tracks as well as songs from Bob Dylan covered by Willie Nelson and Roger Miller covered by Teddy Thompson & Rufus Wainwright

Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain

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Santaolalla was able to score the music before filming began. He said, "I mean if you are connected to the story and to the director, it makes a lot of sense because somehow you know, the music then becomes a part of the fabric of that film from the very beginning. 
Read more: Wikipedia
December 9, 1965: A Charlie Brown Christmas debuts on CBS with the famous score by the jazz musician Vince Guaraldi and performed by his trio.
Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. "Christmastime Is Here," a most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 9, 1966: The film You're a Big Boy Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is released on this date. John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful wrote "Darling Be Home Soon" for the movie.
Coppola commissioned Sebastian to write music for the film, and for one scene wanted a song with a similar mood and tempo to "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and the Papas.

You're a Big Boy Now directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Sebastian said that he wrote the song as "pleas for a partner to spend a few minutes talking before leaving.... [but] you never knew if the other person was actually there listening or was already gone". Coppola approved the song, and it was recorded. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 9, 1978: The Eagles debuted in the US Top 100 singles with "Please Come Home for Christmas."
Sessions for the Eagles' follow-up to Hotel California were dragging on, and executives at Asylum Records had grown concerned. Everybody needed a break.

"Please Come Home for Christmas." The Eagles

"The record label was bugging us because The Long Run was, at this point, 6.8 months behind schedule," producer Bill Szymczyk told Miami's WPLG in 2015. Then Don Henley had an out-of-nowhere idea: "Well, maybe if we give them a Christmas single, they'll get off our back," Szymczyk remembered. 

December 9, 1989: Marcia Griffiths debuted on the US music chart with "Electric Boogie."

This early fusion of Reggae and Hip-Hop became a full fledged hit and one of the most popular dances of all time. The “Electric Boogie” was actually written by Reggae icon Bunny Wailer in 1976. Broadway choreographer (Ric Silver) created a line dance “The Electric Slide” for the song,. 
Read more: Electric Reggae

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Teddy Thompson & Rufus Wainwright

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