Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Music History Today: June 29, 2023

June 29, 1985: Bryan Adams entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 55 with "Summer of '69."

Bryan Adams wrote this with the songwriter Jim Vallance, who wrote several Aerosmith songs and often collaborated with Adams. On his website, Vallance explains that the track underwent several changes.
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It was initially called "Best Days Of My Life," with the line "Summer Of '69" appearing once in the lyrics. Vallance feels that the Jackson Browne song "Running On Empty," which contains the lyrics, "In '69 I was 21," subconsciously influenced their writing and that Adams may have been influenced by the movie Summer Of '42. 
Read more: American Songwriter

June 29, 1968: "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash moved into the top 40 section of Billboard.

Johnny Cash first recorded "Folsom Prison Blues" for Sun Records in 1956. But it was the thrilling, electric version recorded live at Folsom Prison in California on January 13, 1968, that came to define his outlaw persona. The Live From Folsom Prison album helped revitalize his career. His last Country chart-topper and Top 40 Hot 100 entry was "Understand Your Man" in 1964. 
Read more: Songfacts


June 29, 1974: "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot was Number 1 in the US.

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In the documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, Lightfoot reveals that the song is about his stormy relationship with Cathy Smith, who was later sent to prison for delivering a lethal dose of heroin to John Belushi. In the early '70s, with his marriage crumbling, Lightfoot moved in with Smith for about three years. 
Read more: Deadline


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