Monday, December 5, 2022

Music History Today: December 6, 2022

December 6, 1970: Gimme Shelter, a documentary film about the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the states, opened in the US. 
The 1970 documentary Gimme Shelter opens with a rousing rendition of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” during a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.


Gimme Shelter documentary poster Rolling Stones'1969

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The film then cuts to a scene of Jagger and drummer Charlie Watts reviewing performance footage. Their grins and smirks are quickly replaced by frowns after a radio report recounts the grim reality outside the editing suite: “We received word that someone was stabbed to death in front of the stage by a member of the Hells Angels.”  
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December 6, 1968: The Rolling Stones released the album Beggars Banquet and its lead single, "Sympathy for the Devil." 
The Stones forsook psychedelic experimentation to return to their blues roots on Beggars Banquet. Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however.

The Rolling Stones album cover Beggars Banquet

"Street Fighting Man," a reflection of the political turbulence of 1968, was one of their most innovative singles, and "Sympathy for the Devil," with its fire-dancing guitar licks, leering Jagger vocals, African rhythms, and explicitly satanic lyrics, was an image-defining epic. 
Read more: Allmusic


December 6, 1980: The Alan Parsons Project entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Games People Play." 
"Games People Play" by the Alan Parsons Project peaked at Number 16 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and Number 18 on Cash Box. It appears on the album The Turn of a Friendly Card. 
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December 6, 1986: Nancy Martinez entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "For Tonight."
Nancy Martinez grew up in Montreal, Quebec, with a Spanish father and an English mother. Her album Not Just the Girl Next Door produced three Top 40 Dance Chart hits: "For Tonight," "Move Out," and "Crazy Love." "For Tonight" crossed over to the Hot 100 chart, peaking at Number 32. 
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December 6, 1997: Third Eye Blind entered the US charts in the top 40, at Number 36, with "How's It Going To Be."
"How's It Going to Be" by Third Eye Blind was the third single released from their self-titled debut album.

Third Eye Blind self-titled debut album

The song's concept developed after guitarist Kevin Cadogan played an autoharp, inspiring nostalgic feelings among the band members. The instrumentation uses includes guitars, drums, and a cello. 
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From Gimme Shelter 
Rolling Stones 1969

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