Friday, June 2, 2023

Music History Today: June 3, 2023

June 3, 1977: Bob Marley & the Wailers released Exodus. The album featured the hits "Jamming," "Waiting In Vain," "Three Little Birds," and "One Love." In 1999, Time magazine named Exodus the best album of the 20th century.

Bob Marley & the Wailers Exodus album cover
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June 3, 1906: Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
Josephine Baker spent her youth in poverty before learning to dance and succeeding on Broadway. In the 1920s, she moved to France and soon became one of Europe's most popular and highest-paid performers.

Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker

She worked for the French Resistance during World War II. In the 1950s and '60s, Baker fought segregation and racism in the United States. After beginning her comeback to the stage in 1973, Baker died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1975. 
Read more: Biography
June 3, 1972: Jethro Tull started a two-week run at Number 1 on the US album chart with Thick As A Brick.
The original Thick As A Brick LP was the best-sounding, best-engineered record Jethro Tull had ever released.

Jethro Tull front-man Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson

 Mixing hard rock and English folk music with classical influences, set to stream-of-consciousness lyrics, the group created a dazzling tour de force, at once playful, profound, and challenging, without overwhelming the listener. 

Read more: Allmusic

June 3, 1989: Michael Damian topped the US music chart with a cover of David Essex's "Rock On." Damian is an American actor best known for his role as Danny Romalotti on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.

June 3, 2000: Nine Days entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," ultimately reaching Number 6. 
"Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" was written by Nine Days' lead singer John Hampson, and the girl who "Cried a river and drowned the whole world" was his girlfriend, Teresa Savino, who later became his wife. The song was a huge success, but Nine Days could not follow it up; Epic Records dropped the band and wouldn't release their second album because they didn't hear a hit. Hampson became a high school English teacher.  
Read more: Songfacts

Bob Marley & the Wailers

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