Thursday, June 15, 2023

Music History Today: June 16, 2023

June 16, 1978: The movie Grease, adapted from the famous Broadway play, premiered in New York City.
Grease is the highest-grossing musical film at the time. Its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best-selling album of the year in the US, only behind the soundtrack of the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever which also starred Travolta.

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The song "Hopelessly Devoted to You" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 51st Academy Awards. The film also received five nominations at the 36th Golden Globe Awards, including for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and two for Best Original Song, for "Grease" and "You're the One that I Want." 
Read more: Wikipedia
June 16, 1967: The first Monterey International Pop Festival began at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.
The three-day Monterey International Pop Festival was pivotal in rock's evolution as a force in the entertainment business and the culture at large.

First Monterey International Pop Festival poster 1967 

Serving as the blueprint for the explosion of rock festivals that culminated in Woodstock it was one of the beginnings of the "Summer of Love" in 1967. It marked the first American appearances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who, and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin, and the introduction of Otis Redding to a mass American audience. 
Read more: The History of Rock & Roll
June 16, 1973: Bob Dylan's soundtrack album to Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid was released.

Bob Dylan Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid soundtrack album cover
Bob Dylan appeared in Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid as the character "Alias". The soundtrack consists mainly of instrumental music and was inspired by the movie itself. The album includes "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," which became a trans-Atlantic Top 20 hit. 
Read more: Wikipedia


June 16, 1984: "Borderline" became Madonna's first Top Ten hit when it peaked at Number 10.
"Borderline" was written by Madonna's producer Reggie Lucas, who also wrote her song "Physical Attraction." Madonna wrote or co-wrote all the other tracks except "Holiday." The song is an excellent example of a writer tailoring a piece for a specific artist. Few would guess that a man wrote this. 
Read more: Songfacts


Hopelessly Devoted to You
Olivia Newton-John

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