Thursday, May 11, 2023

Music History Today: May 12, 2023

May 12, 1973: Led Zeppelin started a three-week run at Number 1 on the US album chart with their fifth album, Houses Of The Holy.

Houses Of The Holy follows the same basic pattern as Led Zeppelin IV, but the approach is looser and more relaxed. Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere.

Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy album cover art
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While the pseudo-reggae of "D'Yer Mak'er" and the affectionate James Brown send-up "The Crunge" suggests that the band was searching for material, they contribute to the album's musical diversity. "The Rain Song" is one of Zep's finest moments, featuring a soaring string arrangement and a gentle, aching melody. 
Read more: Allmusic
May 12, 1958: The Number 1 spot on the US charts for the next four weeks belonged to "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers.
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" was written by Boudleaux Bryant, half of the husband-and-wife songwriting team, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Together, this talented couple penned many massive hits for the Everly Brothers and other artists, including "Bye, Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bird Dog," "Devoted to You," "Hey Joe," "Love Hurts," "Raining In My Heart," and "Rocky Top." 
Read more: Songfacts

May 12, 1967: Jimi Hendrix's debut album, Are You Experienced? was released. It became one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era. Tracks included were "Foxy Lady," "Hey Joe," and "Purple Haze."

Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? debut album cover

May 12, 1972: The Rolling Stones released the album "Exile on Main St." The LP became their most universally acclaimed record even though "Tumbling Dice" was its only charting single. 

The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. album cover art

May 12, 1980: Billy Joel released the single "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me."

"It's Still Rock & Roll to Me" was Billy Joel's first Number 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100. He would score two more: "Tell Her About It" and "We Didn't Start The Fire." After he wrote this song, Joel says he realized that the chords were the same ones Bob Dylan used on "Lay Lady Lay." 
Read more: Songfacts


The Rain Song
Led Zeppelin

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