Friday, June 17, 2022

Music History Today: June 18, 2022

June 18, 1976: Rod Stewart released the album A Night on the Town.

Taking a cue from Atlantic Crossing, which divided its two LP sides into fast and slow songs, Rod Stewart structured A Night on the Town similarly.

Rod Stewart album A Night on the Town
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"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," a self-penned track, Stewart loaded A Night on the Town with its best songs up front. A cover of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest" followed. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

June 18, 1966: Gary Lewis & the Playboys made it to Number 8 in the US with "Green Grass." It was the last of the group's seven consecutive Top 10 hits.

June 18, 1973: Joe Walsh released The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get. 

Because Joe Walsh has never been a critic’s darling, we sometimes forget he holds a lofty place in the eyes of fellow musicians. there’s no better example of his instrumental eloquence than The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get.

Joe Walsh The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get album cover

From his slide-guitar mastery and early adoption of the Heil Talk Box effect on “Rocky Mountain Way” to the lilting twelve-string figures and soaring solos of “Wolf,” Walsh proves he possesses the chops for fiery flash as well as seductive subtlety. 
Read more: Vinyl Reviews

June 18, 1977: Fleetwood Mac took over at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Dreams." 

In October of 2020, "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac recorded its biggest ever week on streaming services, thanks to a TikTok video. The revival started with a viral video of a middle-aged man skateboarding to the song and lip-syncing Stevie Nicks' vocals - while occasionally swigging from a bottle of cranberry juice. 
Read more: BBC

June 18, 1983: Duran Duran moved into the American Top 40 with "Is There Something I Should Know."

"Is There Something I Should Know" was the only new song on the 1983 United States reissue of the band's self-titled debut album, and it turned to be the most successful from it as well. 
Read more: Songfacts

The First Cut Is the Deepest
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