Thursday, December 29, 2022

Music History Today: December 30, 2022

December 30, 1942: Mike Nesmith of the Monkees was born in Houston, Texas.
For the American made-for-television group, The Monkees, the date of December 30 held significance. Michael Nesmith was born on this day in 1942.

Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith of the Monkees
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In 1945, on his third birthday, Davy Jones was born in England. And on December 30. 1968, Peter Tork paid $160,000 to buy out his contract with the Monkees. The group had three US Number 1 hits: "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," and "Daydream Believer."
December 30, 1946: Punk rock icon Patti Smith was born in Chicago.
Punk rock's poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most ambitious, unconventional, and challenging rock & rollers of all time. When she emerged in the '70s, Smith's music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan's heyday. Her best known album was 1975's Horses. 
Read more: Allmusic


December 30, 1967: The Doors' "Love Me Two Times" entered the top 40 section of Billboard.

Jim Morrison a psychedelic stage set, 1968
Jim Morrison on a psychedelic stage set, 1968
The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger wrote this "Love Me Two Times" after their keyboard player Ray Manzarek implored the band members to go home and write some songs. Krieger came up with "Love Me Two Times" and "Light My Fire" in about an hour. 
Read more: Songfacts

December 30, 1972: "The World Is a Ghetto" by War moved into the top 40 section of the US single chart.
The title track from their fifth album, "The World Is a Ghetto," is 10 minutes long. They released a single radio edit that clocked in at less than 4 minutes. It reached Number 3 on the U.S. R&B chart and 7 on Billboard's Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 30, 1982: Todd Rundgren released The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect album. It featured his novelty hit "Bang the Drum All Day."

I'm a Believer
The Monkees

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