Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Music History Today: June 1 , 2023

June 1, 2006: The 1994 debut album by Oasis, Definitely Maybe, was voted the greatest album of all time in a survey to mark 50 years of the Official UK Albums Chart. The Beatles came in second and third place with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver, OK Computer by Radiohead was fourth, and (What's the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis was voted fifth.

Oasis Definitely Maybe album cover art
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June 1, 1957: Sam Cooke recorded "You Send Me."
Sam Cooke's brother, Charles "LC" Cooke, wrote the song "You Send Me." In the '40s, the brothers sang in their family gospel group, The Singing Children. Cooke was signed to Specialty Records, which was a gospel label. Cooke's producer, Bumps Blackwell, brought this to Art Rupe, the owner. Rupe objected to using the choir on this track and was afraid it was too secular and would alienate the label's gospel fans. He offered Cooke a release from his contract in exchange for outstanding royalties.
Read more: Songfacts

June 1, 1974: Cat Stevens peaked at Number 10 with "Oh Very Young."
"Oh Very Young" was the only hit from Buddha And The Chocolate Box, Stevens' eighth album. By then, he was well-established in America and issued a new yearly album. He was one of the few British singer-songwriters that never joined a band.

Cat Stevens Buddha And The Chocolate Box album cover art 

He was just 25 when the song was released. Getting tuberculosis at 19 led him to look at the big picture. The disease nearly killed him and put him on the road to discover what life was about. He was looking into Buddhism at the time (as you can tell from the album title) but eventually settled on Islam, taking that faith in 1977. 
Read more: Songfacts

June 1, 1983: Talking Heads released their commercial breakthrough album, Speaking in Tongues. It produced the band's sole US top-ten hit, "Burning Down the House."

Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues album

June 1, 1997: The Hanson Brothers debuted atop the UK Singles chart with "Mmm Bop."
"Mmm Bop" by The Hanson Brothers was a major success worldwide, reaching number one in at least 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The song was nominated for two Grammys at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards and voted the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll while topping critics' polls from such media as Rolling Stone and Spin. The track was ranked number 20 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s" and 98 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years". 
Read more: Wikipedia

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