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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tunes & Trivia 2

Today in Music History: August 1 & 2

Here we are at the beginning of a new month and the music is rollin' right along. With some of the same recording artists managing to hit the charts again and again, others slip in as one-time wonders. The music is rockin' and reelin' from one decade to the next with just the right amount of trivia to keep everything interesting. 

August 1
1964 The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when 'A Hard Day's Night' went to the top of the charts. The group had now spent seventeen weeks at the No.1 position in this year.

A Bit of Music Trivia...
1964 Billboard Magazine reported that the harmonica was making a comeback in a big way thanks to its use by Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

1980  Def Leppard made their first US live debut when they appeared at the New York City concert opening for AC/DC. It was also Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot's 21st birthday.
1981 Australian singer Rick Springfield started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Jessie's Girl', which later won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The song was at No.1 when MTV launched on 1 August 1981. Rick had played Noah Drake in the TV show General Hospital.
1981 Welsh singer Shakin' Stevens had his second UK No.1 single with his version of 'Green Door', which had been a hit in the US for Jim Lowe in 1956 (squeezing out 'Love Me Tender' by Elvis Presley). Frankie Vaughan also scored a UK No.2 hit with the song in 1956.

1987 Bob Seger scored his first US No.1 single with the Harold Faltermeyer penned 'Shakedown', which was taken from the film 'Beverly Hills Cop II'. The song was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but it lost both awards to Dirty Dancing's '(I've Had) The Time of My Life'.

 1987 Los Lobos were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Ritchie Valens song 'La Bamba', which was also a No.1 hit in the US. The song was the title track from the film based on Ritchie Valens who died in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly.

A Bit of Music Trivia...

2002 A new book 'Show the Girl the Door' written by a former tour manager disclosed some strange demands by female acts. It revealed that Shania Twain would travel with a sniffer dog in case of bombs. Jennifer Lopez liked her dressing room to be all white, including carpet, flowers and furniture. Cher would have high security rooms for her wigs. Janet Jackson would have a full medical team on standby including a doctor nurse and throat specialist and Britney Spears would demand her favorite Gummie Bear soft sweets.

August 2

1957 Touring with Clyde McPhatter, The Cadillacs, Edna McGriff, Otis Rush, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Oscar & Oscar, The G-Clefs, Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC. With 'That’ll Be The Day' sitting at No. 2 on the US charts, this was Buddy's first major tour.

A Bit of Music Trivia...

 1962 Robert Allen Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan, having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music on 12th July of this year, engineered by Albert Grossman.
Back in the late 1950s, rock 'n' roll royalty's most distinguished names were typically terse, snappy two-syllable appellations that shook, rattled, and rolled off DJs' tongues like so much cool. “That was Chuck Berry, boys and girls!” or “1968, The Doors started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Hello I Love You, the group's second US No.1. The Doors scored 8 top 40 US hits from 67-71.u were just listening to Buddy Holly!” 
It would be another solid decade before a name like Norman Greenbaum would become even remotely acceptable on the hip scale. So for a young rocker like Bob Dylan, whose senior yearbook goal was to “join Little Richard's band,” his birth name—Robert Allen Zimmerman—just wasn't gonna cut it.
Source: About.com Folk Music

1968 The Doors started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hello, I Love You', the group's second US No.1. The Doors scored 8 top 40 US hits from 67-71.
1970 Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'The Wonder Of You' his sixteenth No.1. Ray Peterson recorded the original version in 1959 which gave him a Top 30 hit.
1975 The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Of These Nights', the group's second US No.1 single and the first to chart in the UK where it peaked at No.23.
1986 Peter Cetera started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with the theme from the film 'Karate Kid II', 'The Glory Of Love', it made No.3 in the UK.
1986 Chris de burgh was at No.1 in the UK with 'The Lady In Red', it was his first No.1 after twenty-four single releases, staying at the top of the charts for three weeks.

A Bit of Music Trivia...

2001 New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honor of the New Orleans born trumpet player, singer and bandleader.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...