Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Music History Today: August 16, 2022

August 16, 1977: Elvis Presley died at 42 in Memphis, Tennessee. Presley's last concert was on June 26, 1977, in Indiana.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
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August 16, 1969: Nilsson entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Everybody's Talkin'."
When Nilsson released “Everybody’s Talkin'” in 1968, scratched No. 113 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart. The next year it stole the show as the featured theme song of the 1969 cult classic film, Midnight Cowboy. The song helped solidify Nilsson’s career as a counter-cultural poet with no master. 
Read more: American Songwriter


August 16, 1970: With Cream and Blind Faith finished and Derek & The Dominos not quite ready, Eric Clapton released his self-titled first solo album. It contained a cover of  J.J. Cale's "After Midnight."

August 16, 1980: Queen entered the US music chart at Number 67 with "Another One Bites the Dust." 
“Another One Bites The Dust” is a variation on a riff from another song that had topped the charts a year before “Another One” made its ascent.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

 John Deacon’s hard-pulsing bass riff is the heart of “Another One Bites The Dust,” and it’s basically a version of Bernard Edwards’ descending bassline from Chic’s 1979 #1 “Good Times.” 

Read more: Stereogum

August 16, 1986: "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker entered the Billboard Hot 100.
"Sweet Love" was Anita Baker's first big hit single, peaking at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 and 13 on the UK Singles Chart. "Sweet Love" won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. 
Read more: Wikipedia

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Elvis Presley

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