Sunday, July 2, 2023

Music History Today: July 3, 2023

July 3, 1986: Joe Cocker released a cover of Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" from his 1986 album, Cocker. It was featured in the film 9½ Weeks during the striptease scene. 

9½ Weeks movie poster
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July 3, 1969:  Brian Jones, the former member of the Rolling Stones who quit the group, was found dead in his swimming pool at his home in Hartfield, East Sussex, England.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

July 3, 1971: Two years after the death of Brian Jones, Jim Morrison of the Doors died of heart failure in his bathtub in Paris, France, at the age of 27.

Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

July 3, 1999: Blessid Union Of Souls moved up the charts from Number 59 to 48 with their breakout hit "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)."
"Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)" is written in the form of a letter to someone named Leonardo, a reference to actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The singer lists many celebrities and the qualities they possess, making them attractive to women. He emphasizes that while he does not have the same qualities, his girlfriend loves him just like he is. The referenced celebrities include Tyson Beckford, Robert Redford, Steve Buscemi and the movie Fargo, opera singer Pavarotti, model Cindy Crawford, Clint Eastwood's characterization of Dirty Harry, and Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy.  
Read more: Songfacts

You Can Leave Your Hat On
Joe Cocker

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