More Than A Feeling, still one of my favorite songs to listen to on full blast! An amazing singer! • Rest In Peace, Brad Delp • March 9, 2007 - Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. He died from the smoke of two charcoal grills he’d lit inside his sealed master bathroom. He was found by police lying on a pillow on his bathroom floor with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul.” Boston had the 1977 UK No.22 single ‘More Than A Feeling’ and the 1986 US No.1 single ‘Amanda.’ •• #braddelp #thisdayinmusic #2000s #2007 #boston #rip #restinpeace #suicide
Rest In Peace, Biggie!! • March 9, 1997 - Notorious BIG was gunned down and killed as he left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Born Christopher Wallace the rapper was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 24 years old. •• #notoriousbig #biggiesmalls #thisdayinmusic #1997 #1990s #rapper #badboy #hiphop #christopherwallace #rip #restinpeace
March 9, 1985 - REO Speedwagon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’, it made No.16 in the UK. •• #reospeedwagon #thisdayinmusic #1980s #1985
March 7, 1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first rap act to have a No.1 album in the US with their debut album, ‘Licensed To Ill.’ The full album cover, front to back, features a Boeing 727 — with “Beastie Boys” emblazoned on the tail — crashing head-on into the side of a mountain, appearing as an extinguished joint. The tail of the plane has the Def Jam logo and the legend ‘3MTA3’ which spells ‘EATME’ when viewed in a mirror. The livery of the plane is based on that of American Airlines.
The group originally wanted to title the album Don’t Be a Faggot, but Columbia Records refused to release the album under this title – arguing that it was homophobic – and pressured Russell Simmons, the Beastie Boys’ manager and head of Def Jam Recordings at the time, into forcing them to choose another name. Adam Horovitz has since apologized for the album’s earlier title.
The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on February 2, 1987 and eventually certified 9x multi-platinum on September 5, 2001. The single “Brass Monkey” was certified Gold for shipment of 500,000+ sales. In 2012, in the week following Adam Yauch’s death, which subsequently resulted in a surge in sales of Beastie Boys albums, Licensed to Ill reached number 1 on Billboard’s Catalog Albums chart. The album also re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 18. •• #beastieboys #thebeastieboys #thisdayinmusic #1987 #1980s #adamhorowitz #adamyauch #michaeldiamond #mca #adrock #kingadrock #miked #defjam #hiphop #rap
March 7, 1970 - Simon and Garfunkel’s album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ started a ten week run at No.1 on the US chart. The duo had split-up by the time of release.
Following the duo’s soundtrack for The Graduate, Art Garfunkel took an acting role in the film Catch-22, while Paul Simon worked on the songs, writing all tracks except one. With the help of producer Roy Halee, the album followed a similar musical pattern as their Bookends, partly abandoning their traditional style in favor of a more creative sound, combining rock, R&B, gospel, jazz, World music, pop and other genres. After filming Catch-22, Garfunkel returned and the duo recorded around 14 tracks, three of which were not featured in the album. The inclusion of a 12th track was long discussed but they eventually decided upon 11 songs. It was described as both their “most effortless record and their most ambitious.” The album won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as for Best Engineered Recording, while its title track won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Contemporary Song of the Year and the Instrumental Arrangement of the Year in 1971. Bridge over Troubled Water was nominated at the first Brit Awards for Best International Album and its title track for Best International Single in 1977 •• #simonandgarfunkel #paulsimon #artgarfunkel #thisdayinmusic #1970s #1970
March 6, 1965 - The Temptations went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned song ‘My Girl’, making the group the first male act to have a No.1 for Motown, The single only reached No.43 in the UK but made No.2 when re-issued.
Robinson’s inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. The recorded version of “My Girl” was the first Temptations single to feature David Ruffin on lead vocals. Previously, Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams had performed most of the group’s lead vocals, and Ruffin had joined the group as a replacement for former Temptation Elbridge “Al” Bryant.
Robinson decided to produce a single with Ruffin singing lead. Robinson saw Ruffin as a “sleeping giant” in the group with a unique voice that was “mellow” yet “gruff”. Robinson thought that if he could write just the perfect song for Ruffin’s voice, then he could have a smash hit. The song was to be something that Ruffin could “belt out” yet something that was also “melodic and sweet”. After some persuasion from Ruffin’s bandmates, Robinson had the Temptations record “My Girl” instead of The Miracles, who were originally to record the song, and recruited Ruffin to sing the lead vocals. According to Robinson, he allowed the group to create their own background vocals “because they were so great at background vocals”. The signature guitar riff heard during the introduction and under the verses was played by Robert White of the Funk Brothers. •• #thetemptations #thisdayinmusic #1965 #1960s #smokeyrobinson #motown #davidruffin #eddiekendricks #otiswilliams #paulwilliams
March 5, 1983, Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Billie Jean’, his fourth solo US No.1, also No.1 in the UK. It was written and composed by Michael Jackson and produced by him and Quincy Jones. Originally disliked by Jones, the track was almost removed from the album after he and Jackson had disagreements regarding it.
Quincy Jones did not want “Billie Jean” to appear on Thriller; he felt that the song was too weak to be part of the collection. The producer disliked the demo and did not care for the song’s bassline. Jones wanted to cut Jackson’s 29-second introduction, which was the longest one ever created at the time. The entertainer, however, insisted that it be kept. “I said, ‘Michael we’ve got to cut that intro’” Jones later recalled. “He said: ‘But that’s the jelly!’[…]’That’s what makes me want to dance’. And when Michael Jackson tells you, ‘That’s what makes me want to dance’, well, the rest of us just have to shut up.” Jones also wanted to change the track’s title to “Not My Lover”, as he believed that people would think the song referred to the tennis player Billie Jean King. Jackson refused to change the title and asked Jones to give him co-producing credits for the track, as he felt that the demo tape sounded exactly like the finished product. In addition, Jackson wanted extra royalties. Jones granted neither and the two fell out for several days.
According to Daryl Hall, when Jackson was recording “We Are the World,” Jackson approached him and admitted to lifting the bassline for “Billie Jean” from a Hall & Oates song (apparently referring to Hall’s “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” from the 1981 album Private Eyes): “Michael Jackson once said directly to me that he hoped I didn’t mind that he copied that groove.” Hall says he told Jackson that he had lifted the bassline himself, remarking, “it’s something we all do.” •• #michaeljackson #quincyjones #thisdayinmusic #1980s #1983 #thriller #billiejean
Happy 70th Birthday, Roger Daltrey! • March 1, 1944 - Born on this day, Roger Daltrey, vocals, The Who, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘My Generation’ plus over 20 other UK hit singles, 16 US Top 40 singles, rock opera albums ‘Tommy’ & ‘Quadrophenia’). Solo, (1973 UK No.5 single ‘Giving It All Away’). •• #rogerdaltrey #thisdayinmusic #thewho #hbd #happybirthday - ♫ Music: The Who - I Can’t Explain
March 1, 1975 - The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Best Of My Love’, the first of five US No.1’s for the band. Taken from their 1974 album On the Border. •• #theeagles #eagles #thisdayinmusic #1975 #1970s #donhenley #glennfrey #ontheborder
February 28, 1970 - Simon and Garfunkel started a six week run at the top of the US singles chart with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, also No.1 in the UK in March the same year.
Simon wrote the song in the summer of 1969 while Garfunkel was in Mexico filming Catch-22.This song’s recording process exposed many of the underlying tensions that eventually led to the breakup of the duo after the album’s completion. Most notably, Paul Simon has repeatedly expressed regret over his insistence that Art Garfunkel sing his song as a solo, as it focused attention on Garfunkel and relegated Simon to a secondary position. Art Garfunkel initially did not want to sing lead vocal, feeling it was not right for him. “He felt I should have done it,” Paul Simon revealed to Rolling Stone in 1972.
Garfunkel and producer Roy Halee also thought the song needed three verses and a ‘bigger’ sound towards the end. Simon agreed and penned the final verse, though he felt it was less than fully cohesive with the earlier verses. The final verse was written about Simon’s then-wife Peggy Harper, who had noticed her first gray hairs (“Sail on, silvergirl”). The musicians were Wrecking Crew members Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn and Gary L. Coleman. Knechtel won a Grammy for his piano arrangement.
Garfunkel’s first two attempts to record the vocal failed. The first two verses were finally recorded in New York with the final verse recorded first, in Los Angeles. The majority of the song was recorded in Columbia Records in Hollywood.
The single won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971, with its album also winning several awards in the same year. Aretha Franklin’s gospel-inspired studio-recorded cover version released in March 1971 reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart and number six on the pop chart, and later won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in the 1972 awards. •• #simonandgarfunkel #paulsimon #artgarfunkel #thisdayinmusic #1970s #1970
It was 30 years ago today! • February 28, 1984 - Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy awards including: Album of the year for ‘Thriller’; Record of the year and Best rock vocal performance for ‘Beat It’; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance and Best R&B song for ‘Billie Jean’, and Best Recording For Children for E.T The Extra Terrestrial. The only major category Jackson lost was for best song, which is bestowed to the songwriter (best record goes to the recording artist). Sting prevailed (“Every Breath You Take”) when Jackson’s votes split between two nominees: “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.” Jackson became the only artist to win Grammys in the Pop, Rock and R&B Fields in one year. (He remains one of only three artists to win in all three fields over the course of a career. The others are B.B. King and Tina Turner.) That same year, Jackson won eight American Music Awards, the Special Award of Merit and three MTV Video Music Awards. •• #michaeljackson #thisdayinmusic #1980s #1984 #grammy #grammys #quincyjones #thriller - ♫ Music: Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
February 27, 1988 - George Michael scored his sixth No.1 US single with ‘Father Figure’ a No. 11 hit in the UK. •• #georgemichael #thisdayinmusic #1988 #1980s #faith
February 26, 1983 - Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.
Jackson reunited with Off the Wall producer Quincy Jones to record his sixth studio album. The pair worked together on 30 songs, nine of which were eventually included. Thriller was recorded at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, with a production budget of $750,000. The recording for Thriller commenced on April 14, 1982 at 12:00 noon with Jackson and Paul McCartney recording “The Girl Is Mine”, and the album was completed with the final day of mixing on November 8, 1982. Several members of the band Toto were also involved in the album’s recording and production. Jackson wrote four songs for the record: “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”, “The Girl Is Mine”, “Beat It”, and “Billie Jean”. Unlike many artists, Jackson did not write these songs on paper. Instead, he would dictate into a sound recorder; when recording he would sing from memory.
The relationship between Jackson and Jones became strained during the album’s recording. Jackson spent much of his time rehearsing dance steps alone. When the album’s nine songs were completed, both Jones and Jackson were unhappy with the result and remixed every song, spending a week on each.
Jackson was inspired to create an album where “every song was a killer”, and developed Thriller with that in mind. The album won Jackson a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year. The eighth Grammy went to Bruce Swedien. That same year, Jackson won eight American Music Awards, the Special Award of Merit and three MTV Video Music Awards. Thriller was recognized as the world’s best-selling album on February 7, 1984, when it was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records. It is one of four albums to be the best-seller of two years (1983–1984) in the US. •• #michaeljackson #thisdayinmusic #1983 #1980s #thriller #quincyjones #rodtemperton
February 26, 1977 - The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘New Kid On Town’, the group’s third US No.1. Released as the first single from the album, Hotel California, the song was written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther. It features Glenn Frey singing the lead vocals, with Don Henley singing main harmony vocals. Randy Meisner plays the guitarrón mexicano, and Joe Walsh plays the electric piano and organ parts.
In the liner notes of The Very Best Of, Don Henley talked about the song’s meaning: “It’s about the fleeting, fickle nature of love and romance. It’s also about the fleeting nature of fame, especially in the music business. We were basically saying, ‘Look, we know we’re red hot right now but we also know that somebody’s going to come along and replace us — both in music and in love.” In 1977, the Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement for Voices with “New Kid in Town”. •• #eagles #theeagles #thisdayinmusic #1977 #1970s #donhenley #glennfrey #joewalsh #randymeisner #jdsouther
Happy 35th Birthday, Corinne Bailey Rae! I have a serious crush on this woman! • February 26, 1979 - Born on this day, Corinne Bailey Rae, UK singer, songwriter who had the 2006 UK No. 2 single ‘Put Your Records On’, and the 2006 self-titled UK No.1 album. She is only the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at No.1 on the UK chart. •• #corinnebaileyrae #thisdayinmusic #hbd #happybirthday - ♫ Music: Corinne Bailey Rae - Call Me When You Get This