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SG’s Very Own: This Day in Music

On this day in 1966 (actually yesterday Aug 8):
In response to John Lennon’s remark about The Beatles being bigger than Jesus, The South African Broadcasting Corporation banned all Beatles records.
The Beatles also released their album, Revolver, in the US on this day. It spent 77 weeks on the Billboard chart, peaking at #1.

Also on this day  (Aug 8) in 1969:
The photo session for the cover of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.

On another note:

Check out Atmosphere’s song Guns and Cigarettes. Laden with references to the occasion, they say there gonna be “bigger than jesus and bigger than wrestling, bigger than The Beatles and bigger than breast implants”.


This Day In Music History

July 23, 1969:
The Rolling Stones were at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with “Honky Tonk Women’, the group’s 8th and last UK No. 1. The song also topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks from 23 August 1969.

It is ranked #116 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Two versions of the song were recorded. Both are excellent in their own way. ‘Country Honk’ is the country version of the song released on Let It Bleed five months after the single release.

In an interview in the magazine Crawdaddy, Richards credits Taylor for influencing the track: “… the song was originally written as a real Hank Williams/Jimmie Rodgers/1930s country song. And it got turned around to this other thing by Mick Taylor, who got into a completely different feel, throwing it off the wall another way.”

I’m a big believer that you can usually tell how great a song is by how many great musicians have covered it. Here are some known cover-ers of Honky Tonk Woman:

Waylon Jennings
Joe Cocker
Taj Mahal
Humble Pie
Ike and Tina Turner
Elton John
Gram Parsons
The Meters

Some good company right there.


This day in Rock History…..

…….Kenny Loggins was born in 1948 in Everette, Washington.

You’re probably thinking, “What does Kenny Loggins have to do with Caddyshack. Well, I’ll tell you.

Kenny Loggins, best known for being half of the duo Loggins and Messina, has given us many great hits over the years. From “Danny’s Song” to “Your Momma Don’t Dance”, and even the solo hit “This Is It”. But perhaps his most prolific and immeasurably timeless classic is still “I’m Alright”, the theme from Caddyshack. You really cannot get any better than the end of that movie. And the Loggins-sung soundtrack simply adds to the greatness. I don’t think there is a single Caddyshack fan on this planet that does not think of that hillarious, dancing gopher puppet the minute they hear the song. The moment will live in infamy.

Big ups to Harold Ramis, Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray for turning out one of the best movies of all time. So here it is. Feel free to laugh, cry, dance, shake, fall over, whatever…

Couldn’t embed the video so find it HERE

And here is the music video:


The King’s Debut

This day in music History:
On November 10, 1955, Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Back at his hotel, Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called “Heartbreak Hotel”.

The song was inspired by the suicide of a man, who left the note, “I walk a lonely street”. Axton, a high school teacher of Jacksonville, Florida, who read the news in The Miami Herald, wrote the song in thirty minutes in 1955.

Presley would go on to record the song the following year and would be his first single for RCA records. This single, released on January 27, 1956 would become the first #1 pop single for Elvis and was the best selling single of 1956. It would skyrocket his career and was his introduction into American music popularity.

It has been ranked number forty-five on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and in 2005, Uncut Magazine ranked the first performance of “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956 by Presley as the second greatest and most important cultural event of the rock and roll era.

Countless people have covered the song in concert. Willie Nelson and Leon Russell had a number one cover version in 1979 on the country charts. The song was Russell’s only number one hit on the charts. Former president Bill Clinton even performed the song with his saxophone during his appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show on June 3, 1992.

A groundbreaking song to say the least. Check it out. Rock it out.