Thursday, December 8, 2022

Music History Today: December 9, 2022

December 9, 1972: Neil Diamond released the live double album Hot August Night.

Neil Diamond  Hot August Night
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Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night double album cemented him as a performer.Diamond is in rare form on August 24, 1972, during a run of ten sold-out nights at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. This perfectly constructed live album shows the range and versatility of an artist in their prime. 
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December 9, 1965: A Charlie Brown Christmas made its television debut on CBS in place of The Munsters.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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December 9, 1974: George Harrison released his first album on his Dark Horse label, entitled Dark Horse.
George Harrison wrote and recorded Dark Horse during an extended period of upheaval in his personal life.

George Harrison album Dark Horse

The songs focus on Harrison's split from his first wife, Pattie Boyd, and his temporary withdrawal from the spiritual certainties of his previous work. Throughout this time, he dedicated much of his energy to setting up Dark Horse Records and working with the label's first signings, Shankar and the group Splinter, at the expense of his own music.  
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December 9, 1978: Boney M had their second UK Number 1 single with a cover of the Harry Belafonte 1957 hit "Mary's Boy Child." Of the UK all-time best-selling singles, Boney M. is fifth  with "Rivers of Babylon" and tenth with "Mary's Boy Child."

December 9, 1989: Marcia Griffiths entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Electric Boogie."
Commonly known as the "Electric Slide," the line dance craze that swept America in the '90s actually has its roots in '70s Jamaica. Written and recorded by Bunny Wailer of Bob Marley's reggae group The Wailer, the song first garnered attention when Marcia Griffiths, a member of Marley's famous backing group the I-Threes, covered it in 1982.  The track peaked at Number 51 in January 1990. 
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