Month: August 2017

I’ll give you three

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 31, 1963

Ronettes bmbBe My Baby by The Ronettes enters the U.S. singles chart. It is the group’s biggest hit, and their only U.S. Top 10 tune. Lead singer Veronica Bennett will become Ronnie Spector, who takes producer and ex-husband Phil Spector to court in the late 1990s for unpaid royalties.

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Did you ever see a robin weep

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 30, 1949

HankWilliamsHank Williams goes into Herzog Studio in Cincinnati to record I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. Williams writes the song with the intent that the words be spoken, rather than sung. The song about loneliness is largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard.

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No one wants to be defeated

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 29, 1958

Michael Jackson - File Photos By Kevin MazurBorn this day in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jacksonsinger, songwriter, The Jackson Five, The Jacksons, and solo. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. The music videos for Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller are credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. His 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. Jackson dies on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. Prior to his death, Jackson had been scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London’s O2 arena.

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After all, he’s just a man

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 28, 1968

220px-StandbyyourmanTammy Wynette records Stand by Your Man at Epic Studios. The song is based on an idea from producer Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherrill complete the song in 15 minutes. It is the most successful record of Wynette’s career and is one of the most-covered songs in the history of country music. The song has appeared in various films, including: Five Easy Pieces, The Blues Brothers, The Crying Game, Sleepless in Seattle, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Golden Eye.

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Long as there are stars above you

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 27, 1966

beach-boys-god-only-knows-capitol-2The Beach Boys’ God Only Knows peaks at #2 on the U.K. chart. It’s one of the first commercial songs to use the word “God” in the title and Brian Wilson employs some unorthodox instruments, including the French horns heard in the intro.

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Flowers everywhere

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 26, 1950

the-cowsills-the-rain-the-park-and-other-things-1967-12Born this day in Newport, Rhode Island — Richard James and Robert Paul Cowsill, members of The Cowsills family band. They have a #2 U.S. hit in 1967 with The Rain, The Park & Other Things. In 1969, their cover of Hair also goes to #2 on U.S. charts.

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It’s easier than learning your A-B-C’s

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 25, 1962

Little EvaLittle Eva goes to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with The Loco-Motion. The Carole KingGerry Goffen song is first offered to Dee Dee Sharp (Mashed Potatoes), who turns it down. Eva Boyd, who is King/Goffen’s babysitter, records the song as a demo. Producer Don Kirshner thinks Eva is great, renames her Little Eva, and lets her record it for real. Bang.

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Galileo figaro magnifico

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 24, 1975

queenQueen starts recording Bohemian Rhapsody at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales. It takes three weeks to complete.  Freddie Mercury directs the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sing their vocal parts continually for 10 to 12 hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs. It becomes Queen’s first top 10 hit in the U.K., and sits at #1 for nine weeks.

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I’ve got that old travelin’ bone

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 22, 1970

Creedence_Clearwater_Revival_-_Cosmo's_FactoryCreedence Clearwater Revival is at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Cosmo’s Factory. It is the group’s fifth studio album. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearses. Bandleader John Fogerty is so insistent on practicing (nearly every day) that drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford begins referring to the place as “the factory.”

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