Thursday, January 19, 2023

Music History Today: January 20, 2023

January 20, 2022: The Grammy Award-winning singer and actor, Meat Loaf died at age 74.

Meat Loaf made his film debut with a memorable role in the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
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In 1977, he and lyricist Jim Steinman released an operatic rock album, Bat Out Of Hell. The record was huge, has sold 50,000,000 copies worldwide, and is tied with AC/DC for the 2nd best-selling record of all time.  
Read more: Biography

January 20, 1958: Seventeen-year-old Ricky Nelson became the first person under 18 to top the US album chart with his debut self-titled record.

Ricky Nelson self-titled album

From age eight, Ricky Nelson starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957, he began a long and successful career as a famous recording artist. The expression "teen idol" was first coined to describe Nelson. 
Read more: Wikipedia


January 20, 1964: The album "Meet the Beatles" was released in the US on Capitol Records.

 Largely comprised of material released on their second U.K. LP, With the Beatles, "Meet the Beatles" contains nine of that album's 14 songs.

Meet the Beatles album cover 

They added three of the Beatles best early songs: their American breakthrough single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and its U.K. B-side ballad "This Boy," plus "I Saw Her Standing There" from their U.K. debut Please Please Me. 
Read more: Vinyl Plus


January 20, 1975: Bob Dylan released Blood on the Tracks, featuring "Tangled Up In Blue" and "Idiot Wind."

Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks album

January 20, 1983: Def Leppard released their third studio album, Pyromania.

Def Leppard album, Pyromania

More than ever before, Def Leppard's songs on Pyromania are driven by catchy, shiny melodic hooks instead of heavy guitar riffs, although the latter do pop up once in a while. This focus on melody, consistent songwriting, and heavy MTV exposure made Pyromania successful. 
Read more: Allmusic


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