Friday, September 2, 2022

Music History Today: September 3, 2022

September 3, 1983: Taco topped reached Number 4 on the US singles' chart with the Irving Berlin classic, "Puttin’ on the Ritz."

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia to Dutch parents on July 21, 1955, Taco Ockerse was raised in Germany, where he studied dance and theater.

Taco Ockerse
Taco

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He made a name for himself on the European supper-club circuit by dressing in formal attire and performing dance versions of American standards. 
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September 3, 1966: "96 Tears" by ? (Question Mark) and the Mysterians enetered the US music chart. 

"96 Tears" was taped in a converted living room in Bay City, Michigan. The band then had the Texas-based Pa-Go-Go Records press 500 copies so they could distribute them to the DJ's in southern Michigan. The song became the most requested record on WTAC Flint, and CKLW out of Windsor, Canada. 
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September 3, 1970: Alan Wilson guitarist and songwriter with Canned Heat was found dead of a barbiturate overdose at age 27.

Alan Wilson of Canned Heat
Alan Wilson of Canned Heat

September 3, 1977: Greg Lake debuted at Number 92 in the US with "C'est la Vie." 

Works, Volume 1 was a double album with Keith Emerson the focus of the first side, Greg Lake the second, Carl Palmer the third, and the entire band sharing equally on Side 4. "C'est La Vie" was one of the songs Lake wrote for his side with help from lyricist Pete Sinfield, who was his bandmate in King Crimson. 
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September 3, 1988: Phil Collins debuted highest on the US music chart, at Number 52, with a cover of The Mindbenders' "Groovy Kind of Love."

Puttin’ on the Ritz
Taco

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