Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Music History Today: December 29, 2022

December 29, 1973: Coven's original version of "One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack)" entered Billboard's Hot 100.
Coven recorded "One Tin Soldier" for the 1971 independent film Billy Jack.

Billy Jack movie poster 

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The band's lead singer Jinx Dawson got the gig because Linda Ronstadt wasn't available. Dawson recorded a different version with Coven that appeared on their second, self-titled album. 
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December 29, 1962: Mahalia Jackson, known as the Queen of Gospel, made a rare entry into Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 99, with "Silent Night, Holy Night." An active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, she sang at the March on Washington at the request of her friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963.

December 29, 1966: The Beatles began recording "Penny Lane."
The promotional video for the Beatles' "Penny Lane" featured the Fabs walking around the streets of Liverpool in a tribute to the Merseyside locale of the title. Only they weren’t filmed in Liverpool at all. The clips of John Lennon walking down the street to the surprise of passers-by, then meeting up with his bandmates were actually filmed in East London. Angel Lane in Stratford, to be exact. 
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December 29, 1970:  Norman Greenbaum released the single "Spirit In The Sky" in the UK.
Norman Greenbaum is Jewish, but he used "Jesus" for his hit "Spirit In The Sky" because he thought it would be more marketable. The original inspiration for this was a song about a preacher by country singer Porter Wagoner.  
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December 29, 1973: Alice Cooper's "Teenage Lament '74" debuted on Billboard.

Alice Cooper Muscle of Love album
Written by Alice Cooper and Neal Smith, "Teenage Lament '74" was released on the album Muscle of Love. The song reached Number 12 on the UK Singles Chart and 48 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
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