Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Music History Today: December 14, 2022

December 14, 1977: The film Saturday Night Fever opened in theaters. 
The Bee Gees had written "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "How Deep Is Your Love," "If I Can't Have You," and "More Than a Woman" for what would have been the follow-up album to Children of the World.

Saturday Night Fever movie poster

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Instead, Robert Stigwood asked them in early 1977 to contribute songs to the soundtrack of a movie that he was financing, a low-budget picture called Tribal Rites on a Saturday Night. That movie was Saturday Night Fever. 
Read more: Allmusic
December 14, 1963: Roy Orbison entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 60 with "Pretty Paper." 
"Pretty Paper" was written by Willie Nelson. He was a successful songwriter at the time but a relatively unknown performer. It's a Christmas song. While preparing for the holiday, the singer notices an unfortunate homeless person. He's too busy to bother and carries on with his preparations. The "Pretty Paper" is a metaphor for how we often cover up our problems or choose not to notice them. 
Read more: Songfacts

December 14, 1969: The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the U.S. on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

December 14, 1979: The Clash released their third studio album London Calling. 

The Clash had experimented with reggae, but that was no preparation for the dizzying array of styles on London Calling.

The Clash album cover London Calling 

There's punk and reggae, but there's also rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock; and while the record isn't tied together by a specific theme, its eclecticism and anthemic punk function as a rallying call. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 14, 2001: Sony Pictures released the film Not Another Teen Movie. The soundtrack included a cover of Nena's "99 Red Balloons" by Goldfinger.

Stayin' Alive
Bee Gees

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