Saturday, December 10, 2022

Music History Today: December 11, 2022

December 11, 2019: The Official Charts Company named Ed Sheeran the UK's artist of the decade. Sheeran achieved a combined run of 12 Number 1 singles and albums between 2010 and 2019, the most of any artist. 

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December 11, 1964: Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California.
On December 11, 1964, in response to a reported shooting, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department found musician Sam Cooke dead on the office floor of the Hacienda Motel.

December 11, 1964: Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. 

The manager, Bertha Franklin, had shot him three times in the chest. She claimed that Cooke had threatened her life after attempting to rape a young woman with whom he had earlier checked in. The authorities ruled Cooke’s death a justifiable homicide.  
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December 11, 1972: A film adaptation of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha was released in New York City.
The 1972 film Man of La Mancha received overwhelmingly negative reviews.

Man of La Mancha 1972 film poster

Roger Ebert, who gave the film two stars, mistakenly assumed that Peter O'Toole sang his own songs in the film and wrote of him: "What favor were they doing us when they let us hear Peter O'Toole sing? Richard Harris is better, and he's no good. He can't sing, that is, but at least he can read lyrics. O'Toole masticates them." 
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December 11, 1982: Toni Basil went to Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Mickey," making her a US One Hit Wonder. 
"Micky" was originally recorded as "Kitty" by a group called Racey, which released it in 1979. In the original lyric, Kitty is a girl. Toni Basil changed the title from "Kitty" to "Mickey" and the gender from female to male.

Toni Basil single "Mickey"


Basil choreographed the 1968 Monkees movie Head, but insists the song is not named after group member Micky Dolenz. She also says there's nothing dirty about the song - it's just a chipper tune about a girl who really digs a guy. 
Read more: Songfacts

December 11, 1999: Eiffel 65 burst onto Billboard's Hot 100 chart, at Number 67, with "Blue (Da Ba Dee)."
 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65initially charted at Number 39 in the UK purely on import sales, thus becoming only the third record (after Jam's "That's Entertainment" and Lou Bega's "Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of)") to make the UK Top 40 just on import sales. 
Read more: Songfacts

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