Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Music History Today: June 21, 2023

June 21, 1967: A free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice features performances by The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service in a jam that builds to a lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers in mandalas of psychedelic color.

San Francisco Golden Gate Park Summer Solstice concert poster
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June 21, 1986: Genesis scored their fourth UK Number 1 album with "Invisible Touch."

Genesis Invisible Touch album cover
"Invisible Touch" was seen at the time as a Phil Collins solo LP disguised as Genesis. It's Genesis' poppiest album, a sleek, streamlined affair built on electronic percussion and dressed in synths. The title track is the frothiest thing the band ever did, while "In Too Deep" and "Throwing It All Away" are power ballads that could be seen as Phil projects. 
Read more: Allmusic

June  21, 2003: "Swing, Swing" by All-American Rejects entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100. 
Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler writes the music for their songs, while lead singer Tyson Ritter handles the lyrics. Ritter was 18 when he wrote "Swing, Swing," and actual events inspired it.  A former love may have crushed his heart, but he soon found a new one: the model/actress Kim Smith, who had a starring role in the 'N Sync "Bye Bye Bye" video. Ritter and Smith dated for about six years, which meant he had to evolve as a songwriter. With no more real-life heartbreak to draw from, he had to create drama for songs like "Dirty Little Secret" and "Gives You Hell." 
Read more: Songfacts

June 21, 2011: Maroon 5 released the US chart-topper, "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera. The video, featuring old footage of Jagger's iconic dance moves, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.

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