Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Music History Today: May 24, 2023

May 24, 1975: Supertramp first Billboard Hot 100 single, "Bloody Well Right," peaked at Number 35 after ten weeks on the chart. It failed to chart in the UK.

One theory on Supertramp's "Bloody Well Right" performance in their homeland is that Brits were still offended by the adjective "bloody" in 1975. These days it is considered a mild expletive at best worldwide. The track answers the previous song on the album, "School."

Supertramp single Bloody Well Right
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Crime of the Century is a concept album that tells the story of Rudy. In "School," Rudy lamented that the education system in England is teaching conformity above education. In "Bloody Well Right," he joins a gang believing they are organized resistance. They're apathetic punks who mock his higher aspirations. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 24, 1941: Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1961, he moved to New York, where he began to sing in the cafes of Greenwich Village.

Bob Dylan released a series of influential albums throughout the 1960s, including "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," "Bringing It All Back Home," and "Highway 61 Revisited."

Bob Dylan

These albums showcased his lyrical prowess and introduced timeless classics like "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are a-Changin'," and "Like a Rolling Stone." The release of "Blonde on Blonde" in 1966 marked a significant milestone in his career, solidifying his reputation as a musical innovator. In 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first musician to receive such an honor. 
Read more: Allmusic
May 24, 1974: David Bowie released his eighth album, Diamond Dogs.

The cover art for David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" LP was designed by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert, who also created the artwork for Bowie's previous album, "Aladdin Sane." It depicts Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque sporting his Ziggy Stardust haircut.

Original cover art for David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" LP 

The picture was controversial as the full image on the gatefold sleeve showed the hybrid's genitalia. RCA had the genitalia airbrushed from the sleeve used for most releases. Some original uncensored copies made their way into circulation at the time of the album's release. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 24, 1997: The Spice Girls became the third all-female act in US history to top the Billboard 200 with their debut album, Spice. The British group followed the path of The Supremes and, later, The Go-Gos. The song "Say You'll Be There" entered the singles chart at Number 5. 

Bloody Well Right

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