Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Music History Today: June 15, 2022

June 15, 1970: Grand Funk Railroad released their album Closer to Home.
Closer to Home, Grand Funk's third album, was the record that really broke them through to the commercially successful level of metal masters such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk Railroad

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Rather than rushing headlong into their typical hard, heavy, and overamplified approach, Grand Funk Railroad began expanding their production values. 
Read more: Allmusic
June 15, 1963: "Harry the Hairy Ape" by Ray Stevens entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 70.  

June 15, 1974: The O’Jays American Top 10 hit "For the Love of Money" made it to Number 9.
The songwriting/production duo of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff co-wrote this song with Anthony Jackson, who also played bass on the track. Gamble and Huff wrote many songs that helped define the Philadelphia Soul sound, including this one, which was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. 
Read more: Songfacts

June 15, 1985: A cover of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" by Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

June 15, 1996: Tracy Chapman made it to Number 3 in the US with "Give Me One Reason." 
"Give Me One Reason" is Tracy Chapman's biggest US hit to date. Chapman earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track, and it was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1997. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Closer to Home
Grand Funk Railroad

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