Saturday, January 7, 2023

Music History Today: January 8, 2023

January 8, 2016: David Bowie released his twenty-fifth and final studio album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday. He died two days later.

David Bowie  Blackstar album cover
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January 8, 1993: Shortly after midnight on what would have been Elvis Presley's 58th birthday, a 29-cent stamp with his image is officially dedicated at a Graceland ceremony.
David Bowie shares Elvis Presley's birthdate and Bowie idolized him. Both artists recorded for RCA. When David was touring America, Colonel Parker asked their record company to have Bowie write a song for Elvis. 
Elvis 29-cent stamp

"Golden Years" from Bowie's Station-To-Station album was the response, but Presley wouldn't record it. The King did record a song titled Blackstar, leading some to wonder about Bowie's final album.

January 8, 1966: "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and The Papas entered Billboard's Hot 100.
"California Dreamin'" reached Number 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 and became a signpost of the California sound. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2021, Rolling Stone placed the song at number 420 in its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. 
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January 8, 1977: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. had a Number 1 hit on Billboard with "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)." 
"You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" was recorded by the husband/wife duo of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. They were former members of the vocal group The 5th Dimension. It reached Number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts. It won a couple of Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1977. 
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January 8, 2000: Kenny G shot from Number 54 to its peak of 7 on the US singles chart with his saxophone cover of "Auld Lang Syne." 
"Auld Lang Syne" was released from Kenny G's Faith: A Holiday Album. The LP peaked at Number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, six on the Billboard 200, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Kenny G's rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" featured guest musician Yanni on piano. 
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