Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Music History Today: October 13, 2022

October 13, 1980: George Jones won Single of the Year at the Country Music Association awards for "He Stopped Loving Her Today." 
George Jones was at a low point, both personally and professionally, in 1980. Substance abuse had wrecked the trajectory of one of the finest careers in country music.

George Jones I Am What I Am album cover
George Jones
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Luckily, the legendary producer Billy Sherrill was out scouting material for Jones’ next album, when he came upon a song about one man’s unwavering devotion to a former love. 
Read more: American Songwriter

October 13, 1941: Paul Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey.
Paul Simon began his legendary music career as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, then soared to new musical heights with the release of his groundbreaking Graceland album.

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

He has worked with musicians all over the world, had dozens of hits and continues to release new music to critical acclaim. 
Read more: Biography 

October 6, 1956: Fats Domino entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Blueberry Hill." 
"Blueberry Hill" was written by Vincent Rose, Al Lewis and Larry Stock for the 1940 Western The Singing Hill. Many artists recorded this before Domino, who knew the song through Louis Armstrong's 1949 version. Domino came up with the definitive version though. 
Read more: Songfacts

October 13, 1973: The Allman Brothers Band peaked at Number 2 on the US singles chart with "Ramblin' Man."
“Ramblin’ Man” was named after a song of the same name by Hank Williams from 1951.

Allman Brothers Brothers and Sisters album

It made it to Number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100, with only Cher’s “Half Breed” stopping the song from reaching Number 1. Ironic, when you recall that she married Gregg Allman in 1975. 
Read more: U Discover Music

October 13, 1984: U2 scored their second UK Number 1 album with The Unforgettable Fire. The album featured the single "Pride (In The Name Of Love)."

He Stopped Loving Her Today
George Jones

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