Wednesday, September 7, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: September 8

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1956:  Eddie Cochran signed a one-year deal with Liberty Records.
1956:  Elvis Presley was on the cover of TV Guide.
1957:  Bobby Helms made his television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1958:  Paul Anka started a tour of Southeast Asia.
1962:  "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva remained #1 on the R&B chart for a third week.

          Buddy Holly's influence is unmistakable

1962:  Sweet Little "Sheila" by Tommy Roe was #1 with Ray Charles in the runner-up spot with "You Don't Know Me".  Little Eva's former #1 "The Loco-Motion" came in third while Nat King Cole jumped from 11 to 4 with "Ramblin' Rose".  The rest of the Top 10:  Elvis Presley with "She's Not You", Neil Sedaka and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", Claudine Clark and "Party Lights", Bobby Darin's "Things" at #8, Rick Nelson jumped from 17 to 9 with "Teen Age Idol" and Connie Francis had #10--"Vacation".
1964:  The Who were in concert at the Railway Hotel, Harrow and Wealdston in England.
1965:  An advertisement appeared in Variety magazine asking for applicants for The Monkees television show.
1967:  The Doors appeared at the Lagoon Patio Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1968:  The Beatles performed "Hey Jude" on the television show Frost on Sunday on BBC-TV.
1969:  Elvis Presley released the single "Suspicious Minds".

1971:  Elvis Presley was honored as the sixth honoree of the Bing Crosby Award, joining its namesake, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Irving Berlin.  The description on the award is that it is given to recording artists who "during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic or scientific significance to the field of phonograph records."
1971:  The Tams earned the #1 song in the U.K. with "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me".
1972:  Dr. John, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf performed at the Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Festival in Michigan.
1973:  Paul Simon rolled up to #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Loves Me Like a Rock".

1973:  The Allman Brothers Band motored up from 58 to 35 with "Ramblin' Man".
1973:  The Allman Brothers Band owned the top album with Brothers and Sisters.  That ended a six-week reign for Chicago VIThe Dark Side of the Moon slipped down for Pink Floyd. 

1973:  Marvin Gaye reached #1 as "Let's Get it On" passed "Brother Louie" by the Stories.  Helen Reddy was a strong #3 with "Delta Dawn".  Tony Orlando & Dawn moved up to 4 with "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" and Diana Ross was at 5 with her former #1--"Touch Me in the Morning".  The rest of the Top 10:  Paul Simon and "Loves Me Like a Rock", Wings were down with "Live and Let Die", Grand Funk roared into the Top 10 with "We're an American Band", War had song #9 with "Gypsy Man" and Al Green came in at #10 with "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)".
1974:  The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Joni Mitchell shared a bill at the Summersault '74 at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, New York.
1975:  Neil Sedaka and Elton John released the single "Bad Blood".
1976:  United States President Gerald Ford asked Peter Frampton to spend a day at the White House.
1977:  Jimmy McCulloch left Paul McCartney & Wings to join the reformed group Small Faces and drummer Joe English also left Wings.
1979:  Led Zeppelin registered their eighth #1 album in the U.K. when In Through the Out Door rose to the top.
1979:  Michael Jackson moved into the #1 position on the R&B chart with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".

1979:  Maureen McGovern had a big hit among adults as "Different Worlds" reached #1 on the AC chart.
1979:  The Knack had the top album with Get the Knack but Breakfast in America by Supertramp remained at #2 in its 24th week of release.  The Cars and Candy-O came in third followed by I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire.  Million Mile Reflections by the Charlie Daniels Band remained at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Discovery from ELO, Chic's Risque, Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Midnight Magic from the Commodores and Led Zeppelin debuted at #10 with In Through the Out Door.

                      ELO with their biggest career hit

1979:  "My Sharona" by the Knack took on all challengers with a third straight week at #1.  Chic could not get there with "Good Times".  Earth, Wind & Fire was up to 3 with "After the Love Has Gone" while ELO was up to position #4 with "Don't Bring Me Down".  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  The Charlie Daniels Band with their memorable "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", Maxine Nightingale edged up with "Lead Me On", Robert John had his biggest hit since his Top 10 remake of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in 1972 with "Sad Eyes", Barbra Streisand was on her way down with "The Main Event/Fight", Dionne Warwick had the #9 song--'I'll Never Love This Way Again" and the Little River Band had their third straight Top 10 song with "Lonesome Loser".
1982:  Cher begam filming the movie Silkwood.
1984:  Stevie Wonder had his first #1 in the U.K. with "I Just Called To Say I Love You".
1984:  Billy Joel had the top Adult Contemporary song with "Leave a Tender Moment Alone".
1984:  Billy Ocean's great song "Caribbean Queen" held the #1 spot on the R&B chart.

1984:  Comeback queen Tina Turner made it two weeks at #1--"What's Love Got to Do with It".  John Waite, former lead singer of the Babys, remained at #2 with "Missing You" while newcomer Cyndi Lauper had #3 with "She Bop".  Ray Parker Jr.'s former #1 "Ghostbusters" was at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Lionel Richie with "Stuck on You", Prince came in at #6 with "Let's Go Crazy", Huey Lewis & the News had another winner from the album Sports--"If This is It", Scandal came charging in with "The Warrior", Corey Hart was at #9 with "Sunglasses at Night" and the Cars rolled in with their 11th hit--"Drive".
1986:  Huey Lewis & the News released the album Fore!

1988:  Elton John sold some of his old costumes (including those famous boots he wore in the movie Tommy) and memorabilia from his concerts at a London auction for $6.2 million.
1989:  Robert Wiggins of Grandmaster Flash died of a heart attack.
1990:  Jon Bon Jovi's solo hit "Blaze of Glory" made it to #1 but Wilson Phillips was on his tail with "Release Me".

1990:  Janet Jackson made it three consecutive weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Come Back to Me".
1990:  M.C. Hammer made it 13 weeks at #1 on the album chart with Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, followed closely by Wilson Phillips, which spent their fifth week at #2 with their self-titled release.




1997:  Jewel released the double-sided hit "Foolish Games"/"You Were Meant for Me".
2000:  In our Inmates Run Rap Music episode for today, Sean Combs plead guilty to assault charges in New York Criminal Court.  The charges were a result of Combs' assault on Interscope Records executive Steve Stoute.
2002:  Gordon Lightfoot had an emergency stomach operation in a Toronto hospital.
2002:  Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, began a new job as an airline pilot.
2003:  If you can't reach fans in the traditional way, experiment.  David Bowie premiered his new album Reality in a live performance in London that was broadcast to select movie theatres around the world.
2003:  There's so much material for the Inmates Run Rap Music series that today's version is extended.  C-Murder was arrested and charged with a nightclub shooting death in 2002 and further charges were added when he attempted to bribe guards to smuggle his cellphone into jail.
2003:  The Record Industry Association of America began legal action against hundreds of people accused of sharing music files on the Internet.
2005:  Radiohead, Gorillaz and other artists recorded "the fastest album ever released".  Less than 24 hours later, the album Help:  A Day in the Life went on sale with proceeds benefiting the charity War Child.
2006:  Whitney Houston filed for divorce from Bobby Brown.  Attagirl.

2007:  Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
2007:  In our Inmates Run Rap Music, Part II, Foxy Brown was jailed for a year in New York for violation of probation.  Brown had already assaulted a neighbor in 2004 and two nail salon workers in 2006.  This is what happens when you give people like this money.



Born This Day:
1928:  Earl Nelson of the duo Bob & Earl ("Harlem Shuffle") was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1929:  Harlan Howard, who wrote "Heartaches by the Number" among over 4,000 songs, was born in Detroit Michigan; died March 3, 2002. 
1942:  Brian Cole, bass guitarist and vocalist of the Association; died August 2, 1972.
1942:  Sal Spampinato of the Beau Brummels.
1945:  Kelly Groucutt, bass guitarist of the Electric Light Orchestra, was born in Coseley, Staffordshire, England; died of a heart attack February 19, 2009.
1945:  Ron McKernan, keyboard player for the Grateful Dead, was born in San Bruno, California; died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 27 on March 8, 1973.
1945:  Cathy Jean Giordano of the Roommates ("Please Love Me Forever" from 1961)
1946:  Dean Daughtry of the Atlanta Rhythm Section
1958:  David Lewis of Atlantic Starr

1960:  Aimee Mann, songwriter and lead singer of 'Til Tuesday, was born in Richmond, Virginia.
1960:  David Steele of the Fine Young Cannibals, was born in Birmingham, England.
1975:  Richard Hughes, drummer of Keane, was born in Gravesend, Kent, England.

1979:  Pink (Alicia Moore) was born in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

This Date in Rock Music History: September 7

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1959:  Frankie Avalon, the Coasters, Lou Rawls, Bobby Rydell and Annette Funicello performed at the Michigan State Fair as part a tour organized by Dick Clark.
1959:  Lloyd Price moved back up to #1 on the R&B chart with "I'm Gonna' Get Married".

1959:  Paul Anka slid up from #67 to #41 with "Put Your Head on My Shoulder".
1963:  The Beatles had the top song in the U.K. with "She Loves You".
1963:  Bobby Vinton took over #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Blue Velvet".
1963:  Little Stevie Wonder remained at #1 on the R&B chart for the sixth straight week with "Fingertips Pt. 2".

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1963:  The Angels remained at #1 with "My Boyfriend's Back".  Allan Sherman laughed it up with "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!" and Trini Lopez reached #3 with "If I Had a Hammer".  Bobby Vinton jumped from 11 to 4 with "Blue Velvet while the 4 Seasons had song #5--"Candy Girl".  The rest of the Top 10:  Martha & the Vandellas moved from 14-6 with "Heat Wave", Inez & Charlie Foxx came in at #7 with "Mockingbird", Major Lance entered the list with "The Monkey Time", Peter, Paul & Mary were on their way down with the former #1 "Blowin' in the Wind" and Freddie Scott climbed into the Top 10 with "Hey, Girl".
1966:  Roy Orbison and Sam the Sham began filming The Fastest Guitar Alive.

1968:  Creedence Clearwater Revival first appeared on the chart as their first single release "Suzie Q" debuted.
1968:  Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with their remake of the Beatles' song "The Fool on the Hill".
1969:  The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon show aired for the final time.  The show debuted on September 25, 1965.


1970:  A promising new singer released his first single on this date--it was called "Fire and Rain" and the artist was James Taylor.
1970:  Simon & Garfunkel released "El Condor Pasa" from the album Bridge Over Troubled Water.
1973:  Mike Curb, president of MGM Records, resigned at the age of 28, going on to become the lieutenant governor of California.
1974:  Soul great Barry White assumed the #1 spot on the R&B chart with "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe".

                        Chaka Khan and Rufus were up to #3

1974:  Paul Anka made it three weeks at the top with "(You're) Having My Baby" but Eric Clapton was poised to take over with "I Shot the Sheriff".  Rufus had their biggest career hit--"Tell Me Something Good" at #3 and Andy Kim was up nicely with "Rock Me Gently".  The rest of the Top 10:  Donny & Marie Osmond with "(I'm Leaving It (All) Up to You", Barry White was up to 6 with "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe", Billy Preston moved from 12 to 7 with "Nothing from Nothing", the former Paper Lace #1 "The Night Chicago Died" was at #8, Helen Reddy edged up with "You and Me Against the World" and a collaboration between Dionne Warwick & the Spinners reached the Top 10 on this date--"Then Came You".

1975:  The Eagles released the single "Lyin' Eyes".
1975:  The Guess Who played their final concert before breaking up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1976:  Paul McCartney paid tribute to Buddy Holly on what would have been his 40th birthday with the beginning of "Buddy Holly Week" in England.
1978:  Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, died in London after overdosing on the prescription drug Hemenephirin at the age of 31.
1985:  Ringo Starr became the first Beatle to be a grandfather as his son Zak celebrated the birth of a son.
1985:  Newcomer John Parr hit #1 on this date with "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)", overtaking "The Power of Love" from Huey Lewis & the News.  Tina Turner had #3--"We Don't Need Another Hero", swapping places with Aretha Franklin's "Freeway of Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Bryan Adams from Reckless with "Summer of '69", Dire Straits with their biggest hit since "Sultans of Swing" in 1979--"Money for Nothing", Kool & the Gang and "Cherish", Phil Collins with his fifth consecutive Top 10 song "Don't Lose My Number" and Prince registered his 16th hit with exactly half of those reaching the Top 10.
1985:  Kool & the Gang remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with the classic "Cherish".
1986:  Michael Nesmith reunited with the other original members of the Monkees for the first time since the band broke up in 1969.
1988:  Barry Sadler ("The Ballad of the Green Beret") was shot at his home in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  The former Vietnam hero suffered brain damage and would die from those injuries the next year.

1991:  A pretty good Top 10 on this date--something you usually didn't find after about 1986--Bryan Adams scored week #5 at the top with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You", Paul Abdul moved up to challenge with "The Promise of a New Day" and Boyz II Men were up from 9 to 3 with "Motownphilly".  C+C Music Factory had the #4 song--"Things That Make You Go Hmmmm..." and KLF had song #5 with "3 A.M. Eternal".  The rest of the Top 10:  Color Me Badd moved from 15 to 6 with "I Adore Mi Amor", Seal's first release "Crazy" hit #7, the Scorpions owned the #8 position with "Wind of Change", Michael Bolton enjoyed his 11th hit "Time, Love and Tenderness" and Hi-Five dropped with "I Can't Wait Another Minute".
1991:  Bryan Adams had one of the top Adult Contemporary songs of the 1990's as his song from the movie Robin Hood--"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was #1 again for the sixth straight week.

1992:  P.M. Dawn released the single "I'd Die Without You".
1993:  David Crosby appeared on The John Larroquette Show.
1994:  After a Pink Floyd concert, Dave Gilmour of the group met with Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel.

                               Donna Lewis had a strong #2 hit

1996:  Los Del Rio had the #1 song for a sixth week with "Macarena" and Donna Lewis remained at #2 with "I Love You Always Forever".  Alanis Morissette had the only new song in the Top 10 with the double-sided hit "You Learn"/"You Oughta' Know".
2000:  Timothy Commerford of Rage Against the Machine was arrested and ordered to jail.  Commerford decided to climb a scaffold during the MTV Music Awards Show, delaying the show by over 20 minutes.
2000:  Family members of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC are concerned after she missed a family barbecue and a press conference in Las Vegas.

2003:  Warren Zevon ("Werewolves of London") died in his sleep at the age of 56 from lung cancer.
2003:  The Black Eyed Peas had the top song in the U.K.--"Where is the Love".
2003:  The Darkness topped the U.K. album chart with Permission to Land.
2004:  Franz Ferdinand captured Britain's Mercury Music Prize for their debut album.
2005:  Kanye West debuted at #1 on the album chart with Late Registration.

2005:  Aretha Franklin was given a Lady of Soul award for career achievement. 
2007:  Connie Stevens began filming Saving Grace, her debut as a movie director, in Boonville, Missouri.

2012:  Dorothy McGuire of the McGuire Sisters ("Sincerely" from 1955 and "Sugartime" from 1958) and noted actress for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, A Summer Place, Three Coins in the Fountain, Old Yeller, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Swiss Family Robinson, among others, died at age 84 of cardiac arrest in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Born This Day:
1934:  Little Milton (Campbell) was born in Inverness, Mississippi.

1936:  Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas.
1939:  Latimore ("Let's Straighten It Out") was born in Charleston, Tennessee.
1940:  Ronnie Dove was born in Herndon, Virginia.
1946:  Alfa Anderson, backing vocalist for Chic and Bryan Adams
1947:  Morris Albert ("Feelings" from 1975) was born in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.
1949:  Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive" from 1978) was born in Newark, New Jersey.

1951:  Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, was born in Akron, Ohio.
1954:  Benmont Tench, keyboard player of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, was born in Gainesville, Florida.
1959:  Margot Chapman of the Starland Vocal Band was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
1960:  Brad Houser of Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
1970:  Chad Sexton, drummer of 31, was born in Lexington, Kentucky.

Another New Entry in The Most Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*

This group was formed by Jamaican natives in London and their unique sound produced this amazing song in 1978.  It is this week's entry in our very special feature--The Most Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*.  If you haven't checked it out yet, open the tab above and be prepared to hear some of the best songs you've never heard.


Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "Firework" by Katy Perry

This song is a call to those in the doldrums to rise up and show your inner strength.  It gives hope to the hopeless and encouragement to the depressed, and power to the spirit that resides in every individual.  There's nothing more important than that.


"Firework"
by Katy Perry

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,
drifting through the wind
wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
like a house of cards,
one blow from caving in?


Do you ever feel already buried deep?
6 feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you


You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July


'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y


Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe


You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow


Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it's time, you'll know


You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July


'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y


Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe


Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through-ough-ough


'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y


Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe


Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hits List: Eagles

The Eagles are not only the #1 group ever out of America but one of the Top 10 Artists of the Rock Era*.  They have one of the most consistent Hits Lists of anyone out there.


1972:  "Take It Easy" (#12, #8 Canada)--highly underrated song.  It is a legitimate #1.
           "Witchy Woman" (#9, #8 Canada)
           "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (#22, #35 Canada)--highly underrated--another legitimate #1.
1973:  "Tequila Sunrise" (#64, #68 Canada)--highly underrated--any station not playing is out of touch.
           "Outlaw Man" (#59)
1974:  "Already Gone" (#32, #12 Canada)--highly underrated--legitimate Top 10 song.
           "James Dean" (#77, #56 Canada)



           "Best of My Love" (#1, #1 Easy Listening, #1 Canada)
1975:  "One of These Nights" (#1, #13 Canada, #7 Netherlands, #3 New Zealand)
           "Lyin' Eyes" (#2, #3 Adult Contemporary, #19 Canada, #7 New Zealand)
           "Take It to the Limit" (#4, #4 AC, #16 Canada, #23 New Zealand)
1977:  "New Kid in Town" (#1, #2 AC, #1 Canada, #6 New Zealand)
           "Hotel California" (#1, #1 Canada, #6 Netherlands, #5 New Zealand)
           "Life in the Fast Lane" (#11, #15 Canada)
1978:  "Please Come Home for Christmas" (#18, #63 Canada, #5 Netherlands)
1979:  "Heartache Tonight" (#1, #1 Canada, #7 New Zealand)
           "The Long Run" (#8, #9 Canada, #30 New Zealand)



1980:  "I Can't Tell You Why" (#8, #3 AC, #5 Canada, #11 New Zealand)
           "Seven Bridges Road" (#21, #55 Canada)



1994:  "Get Over It" (#31, #21 AC, #4 Canada)
           "Love Will Keep Us Alive" (#1 AC, #10 Canada)
           "The Girl from Yesterday"
1995:  "Learn to Be Still" (#15 AC, #22 Canada)
2003:  "Hole in the World" (#69, #5 AC, #11 Canada, #69 New Zealand)
2005:  "No More Cloudy Days" (#3 AC)
2007:  "How Long" (#7 AC, #76 Canada)


2008:  "Busy Being Fabulous" (#12 AC)
           "What Do I Do With My Heart" (#13 AC)
2009:  "I Don't Want to Hear Any More" (#23 AC)

The Eagles have charted 20 hits with half of those going Top 10 and 5 #1's.  Even more impressive, they have 14 Adult Contemporary hits with 10 going Top 10 and two #1's.  In Canada, the Eagles have 27 hits, 13 Top 10 songs and 4 #1's.

Discography: Sting

Sting left the Police and beginning in 1985, embarked on a very successful solo career.  Here is his complete Discography:



1985:  The Dream of the Blue Turtles (#2, #3 U.K., #4 Germany)
1987:  ...Nothing Like the Sun (#9, #1 U.K., #4 Germany)

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1991:  The Soul Cages (#2, 1 U.K., #1 Germany)
1993:  Ten Summoner's Tales (#2, #2 U.K., #2 Germany)
1996:  Mercury Falling (#5, #4 U.K., #2 Germany)
1999:  Brand New Day (#9, #5 U.K., #1 Germany)
2003:  Sacred Love (#3, #3 U.K., #2 Germany)
2006:  Songs from the Labyrinth (#25, #24 U.K., #11 Germany)
2009:  If on a Winter's Night... (#6, #15 U.K., #5 Germany)
2010:  Symphonicities (#6, #30 U.K., #7 Germany)



Live Albums:
1986:  Bring on the Night (#16 U.K., #10 Germany)
1991:  Acoustic Live in Newcastle
2001:  ...All This Time (#32, #3 U.K., #5 Germany)
2007:  The Journey and the Labyrinth
2010:  Live in Berlin (#180 U.K., #16 Germany)

Compilations:
1994:  Fields of Gold:  The Best of Sting 1984-1994 (#7, #2 U.K., #4 Germany)
1997:  The Very Best of Sting & the Police (#46, #1 U.K., #18 Germany)
1999:  At the Movies

This Date in Rock Music History: September 6

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1958:  Georgia Gibbs appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1961:  Ray Charles released the single "Hit the Road, Jack".
1961:  Bob Dylan performed at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City.

1965:  The Toys released the single "A Lover's Concerto".


1968:  Eric Clapton recorded the guitar solo for the Beatles' song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".
1969:  James Brown announced his retirement following a live performance at the Mid-Southern Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.

1969:  The Rolling Stones held on to #1 for a third week with "Honky Tonk Women".  Johnny Cash couldn't get past them with "A Boy Named Sue".  The Archies remained poised to move with "Sugar, Sugar" and CCR was up well with "Green River".  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  The Youngbloods with "Get Together", Jackie DeShannon's "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", Bob Dylan and "Lay Lady Lady", Three Dog Night was up from 13-8 with "Easy to Be Hard", Neil Diamond slipped with "Sweet Caroline" and Tom Jones had song #10--"I'll Never Fall in Love Again".

1971:  Lighthouse released one of my favorite songs of the 70's--the single "One Fine Morning".
1972:  John Lennon appeared on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
1974:  Splinter's "The Place I Love" was the first release on George Harrison's Dark Horse Records.
1975:  The Carpenters hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart with their remake of the great Neil Sedaka song "Solitaire".

1975:  "Mr. Jaws" from Dickie Goodman was the highest debuting song at #49.


1975:  Glen Campbell had the top song on this date with "Rhinestone Cowboy".  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were still hanging around at #2 with "Fallin' in Love".  K.C. & the Sunshine Band's former #1 "Get Down Tonight" was at #3 with Janis Ian moving up three with "At Seventeen".  The rest of the Top 10:  James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", the Bee Gees with their former #1 "Jive Talkin'", David Bowie with his biggest career hit "Fame" at #7, the Isley Brothers and "Fight the Power", Barry Manilow's adaptation of Frederic Chopin ("Could It Be Magic") moved into the Top 10 and the former #1 from the Eagles--"One of These Nights" was #10.

1975:  Red Octopus completed an amazing comeback for Jefferson Starship, rising to the #1 album.  Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John fell to 2 while Janis Ian enjoyed the biggest album of her career with Between the Lines.  The Eagles held steady at #4 with One of These Nights.
1978:  Tom Wilson, producer of the Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisted, died in Los Angeles.
1980:  Diana Ross remained at #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart with "Upside Down".

1980:  The 24th hit from Diana Ross became her fifth solo #1--"Upside Down".
1982:  Paul McCartney released the album Tug of War.
1986:  Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Friends and Lovers".

1990:  Tom Fogerty, rhythm guitarist of CCR, died of AIDS at the age of 48 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1993:  Don Henley, Elton John, Sting, Aerosmith and Jimmy Buffett performed in a benefit concert that Henley arranged in Boston for Walden Woods.

1994:  Nicky Hopkins died at the age of 50 in London.  Hopkins played piano for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, John Lennon and the Kinks.
1995:  Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis performed the National Anthem in Camden Yards in Baltimore Maryland prior to the baseball game in which the great Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles set the all-time record for consecutive games played.
1999:  Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots was sentenced to one year in jail for violating parole.
2000:  Oxford University invited Michael Jackson to speak to its debating society.
2008:  The Eagles performed at the BOK in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
2010:  Jane's Addiction announced that bass guitarist Duff McKagan was leaving the group.


Born This Day:
1942:  Dave Bargeron, trombone player of Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in New York City.

1944:  Roger Waters of Pink Floyd was born in Great Bookham, England.
1961:  Pal Waaktaar, guitarist and songwriter with A-Ha, was born in Oslo, Norway.
1960:  Perry Bamonte, keyboard and guitar player of the Cure, was born in London.
1969:  CeCe Peniston ("Finally") was born in Dayton, Ohio.
Do you have to let it linger that you're not coming to Pittsburgh?
1971:  Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, was born in Limerick, Ireland.
1974:  Nina Persson of the Cardigans ("Lovefool") was born in Orebro, Narke, Sweden.
1979:  Foxy Brown was born in New York City.

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "Heaven Help Us All" by Stevie Wonder

"Heaven Help Us All" is a plea for a better world and a cry out for help from above.  As he says, heaven help the man who sold a gun to a confused young man without knowing more about him.  When we don't look out for each other, the whole world falls apart.

"Heaven Help Us All"
by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics and Music by Ron Miller

Heaven help the child who never had a home,
Heaven help the girl who walks the street alone
Heaven help the roses if the bombs begin to fall,
Heaven help us all.


Heaven help the black man if he struggles one more day,
Heaven help the white man if he turns his back away,
Heaven help the man who kicks the man who has to crawl,
Heaven help us all.


Heaven help us all, heaven help us all, help us all.
Heaven help us, Lord, hear our call when we call
Oh, yeah!


Heaven help the boy who won't reach twenty-one,
Heaven help the man who gave that boy a gun.
Heaven help the people with their backs against the wall,
Lord, Heaven help us all.


Heaven help us all, heaven help us all, heaven help us all, help us all.
Heaven help us, Lord, hear our call when we call.


Now I lay me down before I go to sleep.
In a troubled world, I pray the Lord to keep, keep hatred from the mighty,
And the mighty from the small,
Heaven help us all.
Oh, oh, oh, yeah!
Heaven help us all.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Songs That Changed the World: The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "People Got to Be Free" by the Rascals

Another of the true greatest songs of the Rock Era with great lyrics and great music.  Like other members of The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era*, it extols the virtue of getting along with our fellow men and women.  And if we all had this attitude, the world would be a much better place.  It's so simple, it is.
"People Got to Be Free" 
by the Rascals


All the world over, so easy to see 
People everywhere just wanna be free 
Listen, please listen, that's the way it should be 
Peace in the valley, people got to be free
 
You should see, what a lovely, lovely world this would be 
If everyone learned to live together 
It seems to me such an easy, easy thing this should be 
Why can't you and me learn to love one another 

All the world over, so easy to see 
People everywhere just wanna be free 
I can't understand it, so simple to me 
People everywhere just got to be free 

If there's a man who is down and needs a helping hand 
All it takes is you to understand and to pull him through 
Seems to me, we got to solve it individually 
And I'll do unto you what you do to me 

There'll be shoutin' from the mountains on out to sea 
(out to the sea) 
No two ways about it, people have to be free 
(they got to be free) 
Ask me my opinion, my opinion will be 
(ah-ha) 
It's a natural situation for a man to be free
 

Get right on board now...


Oh, what a feelin's just come over me 
Enough to move a mountain, make a blind man see 
Everybody's dancin', come on, let's go see 
Peace in the valley, now they want to be free 



See that train over there?
That's the train of freedom
It's about to ride any minute now
You know it's a long, long overdue
Look out cause it's-a-comin' right on through.

This Date in Rock Music History: September 5

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1960:  Sam Cooke's daughter, Tracie, was born.

1964:  A new British group first appeared on the charts on this date.  Manfred Mann, who had released the single "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" on August 31, first appeared on the chart with that release.
1964:  The Rolling Stones began a tour of the U.K. in London.

1965:  The Rolling Stones recorded "Get Off My Cloud" in Los Angeles.

1965:  After just five weeks, the Animals concluded a frantic race up the charts with "The House of the Rising Sun".  The Supremes slipped with "Where Did Our Love Go".  
1966:  A new group had been created to serve as "the American version of the Beatles".  On this date, the Monkees released their first single--"Last Train to Clarksville".

1966:  The Left Banke released the single "Walk Away Renee".
1966:  John Lennon flew to Germany to begin filming the movie How I Won the War.
1970:  Cosmo's Factory by CCR was the #1 album for the third week.
1970:  Stevie Wonder landed a sixth week at #1 on the R&B chart with "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)".

1970:  Three Dog Night moved from #90 to #68 with "Out in the Country".
1972:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono offered the films Cold Turkey, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Give Peace a Chance, Instant Karma and Up Your Leg at the London Art Spectrum in Alexandra Palace.
1977:  Monday fell on this date, and that of course meant the release date for new singles.  Linda Ronstadt released her remake of the Roy Orbison song "Blue Bayou".
1978:  Joe Negroni of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, died in New York City at the age of 38.
1981:  Bruce Springsteen came onstage in Pasadena, California to join the Pretenders in singing the Jackie Wilson song "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher".

1981:  Bella Donna from Stevie Nicks moved into the #1 position on the album chart, taking over from Foreigner's 4, which slipped to 2.  Journey's great album Escape locked in the #3 spot while Pat Benatar was fourth and Billy Squier landed #5 with Don't Say No.  The rest of the Top 10:  Rickie Lee Jones with Pirates, Rick Springfield and Working Class Dog, Street Songs from Rick James, the Moody Blues fell to #9 with Long Distance Voyager and REO Speedwagon closed the list with Hi Infidelity in its 39th week of release.
1981:  "Endless Love" topped the AC chart by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie.

1981:  Rick Springfield moved from #65 to #43 with "I've Done Everything for You".
1981:  "Endless Love" by Ross & Richie made it four weeks at #1, holding off "Slow Hand" from the Pointer Sisters".  "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" from Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers came in third before the hard-charging "Urgent" from Foreigner.  The rest of the Top 10:  Ronnie Milsap and "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me", Juice Newton remained the same with "Queen of Hearts", Journey was up to #7 with "Who's Crying Now", the Commodores with "Lady (You Bring Me Up)", "Jessie's Girl" from Rick Springfield and Joey Scarbury had #10--"Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It or Not)".
1983:  Huey Lewis and the News released the single "Heart and Soul".
1986:  Dire Straits won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video. 
1987:  Bob Dylan performed in Tel Aviv, Israel.

1987:  Dick Clark's American Bandstand was canceled after 30 years on television.
1987:  Los Lobos spent a second week at #1 with "La Bamba" but Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett were moving up with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".  Madonna came in third with "Who's That Girl" and Debbie Gibson was up to #4 with "Only In My Dreams".  The rest of the Top 10:  Whitney Houston's "Didn't We Almost Have It All", Richard Marx on his way south with "Don't Mean Nothing", Dan Hill with Vonda Sheppard moved "Can't We Try" up to #7, Whitesnake's only Top 10 of their career "Here I Go Again" moved from 15 to 8, the Whispers were "Rock Steady" and Huey Lewis & the News landed their 11th Top 10 hit out of 14 releases with "Doing It All for My Baby".
1988:  Metallica released the album And Justice for All.

1988:  Boy Meets Girl released the single "Waiting for a Star to Fall".
1988:  Will never forget when this song was played at Baltimore's Camden Yards as Cal Ripken took a victory lap around the stadium after officially breaking baseball's all-time record for consecutive games played.  On this date, Whitney Houston released the single "One Moment in Time".

1990:  B.B. King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1992:  John Mellencamp married Elaine Irwin.  The two met while John was recording the video "Get a Leg Up".
1992:  Boyz II Men were up to three weeks at #1 with "End of the Road".  TLC came in second again for the fourth week with "Baby-Baby-Baby" while Guns N' Roses had the #3 song--"November Rain".


1992:  Peter Cetera from Sun Valley, Idaho held down the #1 Adult Contemporary chart with "Restless Heart".

1993:  Guitarist Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1996:  Capitol Records released The Beatles Anthology, over ten hours of video of the group.
1997:  Elton John sang an updated version of "Candle in the Wind" at the funeral of England's Princess Diana.  The song would go on to become the top-selling single of all-time.
2000:  Noel Gallagher, guitarist and songwriter of Oasis, split with wife Meg Matthews.
2000:  Tori Amos and husband Mark Hawley celebrated the birth of daughter Natashya "Tash" L√≥rien Hawley in London.

2001:  The album Junichiro Koizumi Presents:  My Favorite Elvis Songs was released exclusively in Japan.  The album is a collection of Elvis Presley songs chosen by the prime minister.
2002:  Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Eve, Enrique Iglesias and 'N Sync's Joey Fatone performed at the National Football League concert prior to the opening game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.

2003:  The Neil Young-directed film Greendale premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
2003:  We haven't had an episode of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music in a few days--this should suffice.  Beanie Sigel had his bail revoked after the judge heard testimony that the rapper was threatening witnesses.
2005:  Sheryl Crow announced she was engaged to multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
2012:  Joe South, singer, songwriter and guitarist who did "Games People Play" and "Walk a Mile in My Shoes", died of heart failure in Buford, Georgia at age 72.  South also wrote songs for Elivs Presley, Deep Purple, the Osmonds, Gene Vincent, Lynn Anderson ("Rose Garden") and Billy Joe Royal and worked with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Tommy Roe and others.

Born This Day:



1939:  John Stewart, who wrote "Daydream Believer" for the Monkees and kept "Gold" for himself, was born in San Diego, California.

1945:  Al Stewart was born in Glasgow, Scotland.



1946:  Freddie Mercury (real name Farookh Bulsara), lead singer of Queen, was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
1946:  Buddy Miles, drummer with Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, Santana, Electric Flag and yes, the California Raisins, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1946:  Dean Ford, lead singer of Marmalade ("Reflections of My Life" from 1969), was born in Coatbridge, Scotland.
1947:  Loudon Wainwright III ("Dead Skunk" from 1973)
1949:  Clem Clempson of Humble Pie was born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England.
1966:  Terry Ellis of En Vogue was born in Houston, Texas.
1968:  Brad Wilk, drummer of Rage Against the Machine, was born in Portland, Oregon.