Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Music History Today: August 17, 2022

August 17, 1939: The Wizard of Oz premiered in New York. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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August 17, 1959: American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis released Kind of Blue which is regarded by many critics as jazz's greatest record.

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album. From the luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of "So What," the record never really changes pace.  
Read more: Allmusic


August 17, 1969: Woodstock moves into day three, with performances by Joe Cocker; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Country Joe & the Fish, who perform their famous "Fish Cheer."

August 17, 1974: The Rolling Stones entered the Top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "It's Only Rock n' Roll (But I Like It.)"

Faces guitarist Ron Wood lived in a London estate called The Wick, which Pete Townshend later bought.

It's Only Rock n' Roll album cover\

It was there that Wood put "It's Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)"together at a session with Mick Jagger on vocals, David Bowie singing background, the session player Willie Weeks on bass, and Wood's Faces bandmate, Kenney Jones, on drums. 
Read more: Wikipedia


August 17, 1991: Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About" entered the US Top 40.

Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard wrote the song back in the 80s. Anne Murray wanted to record but her producers didn't think it would be successful. Bonnie Raitt stepped in to record the song a few years later and ended up winning a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 
Read more: Wide Open Country

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Judy Garland

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