Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Music History Today: December 28, 2021

December 28, 2001: I Am Sam, starring Sean Penn as a father with an intellectual disability, opened in the United States.
The soundtrack to the movie I Am Sam is comprised of Beatles' covers. It was originally intended to consist of the Fab Four's originals. The producers were unable to obtain the rights to those tracks.

I Am Sam movie poster
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They commissioned artists such as the Black Crowes, Nick Cave, Stereophonics, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Rufus Wainwright, the Wallflowers, Ben Harper, the Vines, and Ben Folds to record the versions released. Since the movie was produced to the originals, the artists had to record their covers to fit within the Beatle's time frame. 
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December 28, 1937: French composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris aged 62.
"Bolero" is one of Maurice Ravel's best-known works. The track was used as the accompanying music to the gold-medal-winning performance at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics by British ice dancers Torvill and Dean. The pair became the highest-scoring figure skaters of all time (for a single program), receiving twelve perfect 6.0s and six 5.9s for their performance. 
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December 28, 1957: Jimmie Rodgers reached Number 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 with a cover of "Kiss Sweeter Than Wine." 

December 28, 1974: Helen Reddy went to Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Angie Baby." 
"Angie Baby" was Helen Reddy's third Number 1 hit in America but the first chart-topper the future "Undercover Angel" singer Alan O'Day. The track song was originally offered to Cher, who had recorded O'Day's "Train of Thought" for her 1974 album, Dark Lady. 
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December 28, 1983: Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowned while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina del Ray, CA.
On December 28th, 1983, Dennis Carl Wilson was dead, his body pulled out of the cold, murky water of nearby Marina Del Rey.
Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys 1983
Dennis Wilson
Toxicological tests showed Wilson’s blood alcohol level to be 0.26 at the time of death — more than twice the legal limit for driving. A week after his death, Dennis Wilson’s ashes were sprinkled into the Pacific. 
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