Thursday, October 27, 2022

Music History Today: October 28, 2022

October 28, 2013: American Idol finalist Todrick Hall teamed up with Marlon Wayans' new company "What The Funny" to produce the viral Halloween video "Spell Block Tango."

Spell Block Tango Todrick Hall
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October 28, 1936: Charlie Daniels, known for his Number 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," was born in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Charlie Daniels' early musical influences included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, and the R&B he heard on the radio. 

Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels

In 1972, Charlie formed the Charlie Daniels Band and enjoyed success almost immediately with its release “Uneasy Rider.” His 1974 album Fire on the Mountain was certified gold within months of its release and included “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” a song that became a Southern rock anthem. 
Read more: PBS

October 28, 1967: Glen Campbell entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." 
Like "MacArthur Park," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was written by Jimmy Webb about a love affair he had with Suzy Horton, whom he began dating when they were high school students in Colton, California.

Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell

 She caused him considerable anguish when she ran off to Lake Tahoe to work as a dancer; it got worse when she married another guy, inspiring Webb to write "Worst That Could Happen," a hit for the Brooklyn Bridge in 1969. 

Read more: Songfacts

October 28, 1972: Elvis Presley topped out at Number 2 in the US with "Burning Love."
The song "Burning Love" is about the breakdown of a relationship had already featured on the self-titled 1972 album by Country-Soul pioneer Arthur Alexander.
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

Though it had obvious hit potential, Elvis had just separated from his wife, Priscilla, and was not keen to record it. Elvis' producer Felton Jarvis had to persuade him and after 6 attempts, the "King of Rock and Roll" came up with an inspired take. 
Read more: Songfacts

October 28, 1983: Patti LaBelle released "If Only You Knew" from the album I'm in Love Again.

Spell Block Tango
Todrick Hall

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