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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, May 28, 2016

♫ "I'll Never Forget..."♫

Depending upon the era in which your parents were born, as well as your own personal experiences from childhood to adult, music may or may not have played (or perhaps still plays) an important role in your life. Your likes and dislikes are contingent upon your exposure to music and which genes were more prevalent than others during your formative years. Then, there are also the circumstances, the events, the happiness, the sadness surrounding different songs and melodies. Did you dance to the music? Dancing here can relate to the feet tapping, foot stopping, hip swinging, hand jive or simply the rhythm of the heart. That which you were exposed to became either those which stuck with you or those you simply did not enjoy. As individuals, we each have our own kind of music...those that fit the category "I'll never forget...".

Today in Music History...May 28

If you are a Baby Boomer, the Spirit of the 60s hits home for you with possibly...

1966 Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'What Now My Love', setting a new American record with four albums in the US Top Ten. The other three were; 'South of the Border', 'Going Places' and 'Whipped Cream and Other Delights'.
1966 Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When A Man Loves A Woman'. A No.4 hit on the UK chart and No.2 when re-issued in 1987. Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.

If you find yourself Stuck in the 70s, this may be one of your favs...

1973 Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. (After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006).  

From the 80s Music Mania, you just might have this on your playlist...

1983 Actress and singer Irene Cara started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Flashdance...What A Feeling'. Taken from the film 'Flashdance', a No.2 hit in the UK. Cara had also appeared in TV's 'Roots' and 'The Next Generation'.

 Into the 90s just might find this group's hit songs at the top of your music memory list...

1995 Hootie & the Blowfish started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with 'Cracked Rear View'. The album went on to sell over 15m copies.
The evolution of music into the 21st century just may have become your music niche...

2000 Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Oops!... I Did It Again'. The singer's second album also reached No.1 in thirteen other countries and has now sold over 20m copies.  

2015 Michael Jackson's former home, Neverland Ranch, was listed for sale for one hundred million dollars. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California included a train station, a six-bedroom house, a 50-seat movie theater and two lakes. 
So, what your favorite music memories? Did any hit home with you today?

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