Thursday, January 5, 2023

Music History Today: January 6, 2023

January 6, 2017: The movie Lost & Found, featuring David Spade imitating Neil Diamond singing "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," opened in theaters.

Lost & Found movie poster

January 6, 1946: Syd Barrett, a co-founding member of Pink Floyd, was born in Cambridge, England.

In 1967 Pink Floyd released their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. By the middle of that year, co-founder Syd Barrett's unusual behavior was attributed it to a psychotic break induced by LSD.

Syd Barrett and Roger Waters
Syd Barrett & Roger Waters

During their tour with Jimi Hendrix, the band hired David Gilmour to cover for Barrett. By April 1968, Barrett was no longer a member of the band. On his 29th birthday, pink Floyd started recording the album Wish You Were Here, featuring a nine-part tribute to Syd, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." 
Read more: Biography

January 6, 1956: Lonnie Donegan's cover of "Rock Island Line" enters the UK charts, eventually selling over three million copies and kicking off the national skiffle craze.

January 6, 1979: The Village People scored their only UK Number 1 single with "YMCA." On the same day, they appeared on American Bandstand, where the crowd does the soon-to-be-famous arm movements spelling out "YMCA." 

The Village People
The Village People

January 6, 1990: Alannah Myles debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 on the way to Number 1 with "Black Velvet." 

"Black Velvet" was written by Canadian musicians David Tyson and Christopher Ward. Ward got the idea for this song when he was a VJ for the Canadian music channel MuchMusic. He was sent to Memphis to cover the 10th anniversary of Elvis' death. Alannah Myles, also Canadian, won a Grammy award for Best Female Rock Performance for "Black Velvet" and several Juno Awards. 
Read more: Songfacts

Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Neil Diamond

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