Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Music History Today: June 21, 2022

June 21, 1970: Black Sabbath finished recording Paranoid, one of the earliest heavy metal albums.
Paranoid was not only Black Sabbath's most popular record, it also stands as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time.

Black Sabbath album artwork Paranoid
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Paranoid refined Black Sabbath's signature sound -- crushingly loud, minor-key dirges loosely based on heavy blues-rock -- and applied it to a newly consistent set of songs. 
Read more: Allmusic
June 21, 1969: The Beatles skyrocketed from Number 71 to 24 with "The Ballad of John and Yoko." 
As the title suggests, John’s song is purely autobiographical, a style that he would go on to develop when he began recording his solo albums during the early 1970s.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

It tells the eventful story of John’s marriage to Yoko Ono and was recorded by John and Paul: the former played lead and acoustic guitars; the latter was on bass, drums and piano. The track was completed in just one day at Abbey Road. 
Read more: Beatle's Bible

June 21, 1969: "Feeling Alright" by Joe Cocker started its climb up the US chart at Number 100. 
"Feelin' Alright?" was written by Dave Mason of the English rock band Traffic for their eponymous 1968 album Traffic. Joe Cocker recorded it to lead off his debut album With a Little Help from My Friends in 1969. He also amended the title of the original from "Feelin' Alright?" to "Feeling Alright." Released as a single in 1969, it reached #69 on the US singles chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia

June 21, 1975: The Doobie Brothers peaked at Number 11 on the US music chart with "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)."
"Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)" was originally recorded by Eddie Holland in 1964; this version was never commercially released until 2005. The Doobie Brothers recorded it for their 1975 Stampede album. 
Read more: Wikipedia

June 21, 1975: Steely Dan moved Number 43 to 37, into the Top 40, and peaked there with "Black Friday."
A classic Steely Dan anthem, ‘Black Friday’ has more pulp to it than we ever expected. Whilst it is brimming with some questionable lyricism about the land down under, it remains a fan favorite for a good reason. It’s a real earworm. 
Read more: Far Out Magazine

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