What is so incredibly sad is many youth of the Common Era have never heard of the truly classic recording artists. Going a thought further means they have possibly never heard any of the truly great music. Let's get a move on starting with the 'oldies but goodies' enjoying the memories and laughing at the unknown tidbits of trivia...unknown until now that is.
Today in Music History: August 22
1956 Elvis Presley began working on his first movie, Love Me Tender, a 1956 American black-and-white CinemaScope motion picture. In the drama that was set during and just after the Civil War, Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers, but was changed to take advantage of the 'Love Me Tender' song recorded for the film. When advanced sales of Presley's "Love Me Tender" single passed one million—a first for a single—the film title was changed to match.
1964 The Supremes started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Where Did Our Love Go', the girl group's first No.1 hit. This occurred while the Supremes were on tour as part of Dick Clark's "American Bandstand Caravan of Stars". The song also reached number one on the Cash Box R&B singles chart. Holland–Dozier–Holland had originally composed the song for The Marvelettes to record it who rejected the song, thinking it childish.
1968 Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo's departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3rd. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded 'Back In the USSR', with Paul on drums and John playing bass.
1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album 'Cosmo's Factory'. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed. Bandleader John Fogerty was so insistent on practicing (nearly every day) that drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford began referring to the place as "the factory".
1987 Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Who's That Girl', her sixth US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. The track was from the soundtrack album of the motion picture of same name in which Madonna starred. The film was a flop, but the soundtrack did well, with this song and "Causing A Commotion" both reaching the US top 10. 'Who's That Girl' was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Song From A Motion Picture" and a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song." The Grammy went to "Somewhere Out There", the Golden Globe to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life.
Fascination with Elvis...
2003 Kjell Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record by singing the rock 'n' roll legend's hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes and 30 seconds.
A Bit of Music Trivia...
2004 Natasha Bedingfield started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'These Words'. The sister of singer and producer Daniel Bedingfield. When this song hit #1 in the UK, Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield became the first brother and sister ever to have separate solo UK #1 hits. Daniel had already hit the top spot three times, first with "Gotta Get Thru This" in 1999.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...