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Today in Music History: June 8
1963 The Crystals' 'Da Doo Ron Ron' peaked at No.3 on the US singles chart.
Produced by Phil Spector, who used a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that become known as a "wall of sound". Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blain on drums and Nino Tempo on sax.
1967 Procol Harum were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', the group's only UK No.1.
On May 24, 1967, Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', entered the UK chart for the first time. This song has a chord progression that is similar in spots to that of "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge, although its melodic line is quite different. It is the chord progression, melodic line and song lyrics working together that make the song into a unique artistic entity. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.
1974 Dolly Parton was at No.1 on the US country chart with 'I Will Always Love You'.
Elvis Presley indicated that he wanted to cover the song. Parton was interested until Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, told her that it was standard procedure for the songwriter to sign over half of the publishing rights to any song Elvis recorded. Parton refused. 'I Will Always Love You' later became a worldwide No.1 hit with the spotlight on Whitney Houston in 1992 when featured in The Bodyguard.
1974 Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Band On The Run', his third solo US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.
McCartney wrote this song in response to drug laws that criminalized him and his friends (including fellow "bands on the run" Eagles and Byrds). "We're not criminals," he explained. "We just would rather do this than hit the booze - which had been a traditional way to do it. We felt that this was a better move." McCartney later stated that George Harrison unwittingly contributed the first line of one part of the song, "If we ever get out of here," when he said it during one of the many Beatles' business meetings.
1996 The Fugees scored their first UK No.1 single with their version of the Roberta Flack 1973 hit 'Killing Me Softly'.
The song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel in 1971 was inspired by Lori Lieberman's poem 'Killing Me Softly with His Blues'. It was written after having seen a performance by US singer, songwriter Don McLean.
2003 Evanescence started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bring Me To Life'.
Amy Lee once stated in an interview while on tour that this song was inspired when she met a friend of a friend: a total stranger who did not know her, yet could somehow "See inside her." When he spoke, his words "Woke her up inside." This encounter with a true "Word of Knowledge" inspired the hit that would launch her career. Evanescence won the Grammy for Best New Artist of 2003, beating out 50 Cent, who went on stage anyway and walked past the band while they were accepting their award.
2003 Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with their triple live album How The West Was Won, the band's seventh US No.1 album.
The performances were from the band's 1972 tour of the United States, recorded at the LA Forum on 25 June 1972 and Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1972. For many years, live recordings of these two shows only circulated in the form of bootlegs, and even then only certain audience recordings were available to fans and collectors.
2008 Mint Royale started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Singing In The Rain'.
This version was used by the winner of the TV show Britain's Got Talent. 'Singing In The Rain' was famously featured in the 1952 film of the same name. The film starred Gene Kelly, whose sampled voice can be heard on this version. This is NOTHING like the original song!
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...
What moments do you recall filled will memories of pain and happiness?