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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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chords of Emotion

Today in Music History: June 25


Most of us love music of one special genre or perhaps many different genres. We are selective according to moods that begin with the dawning as we face the music that lies ahead within the day and end with those that perhaps offer calmness or tranquility of the night. Music strikes many chords of emotion, wielding both happiness and tears but most often brings out the memories stored in the scrapbook of our minds, then, pauses for the right moment to turn the page for a new memory.

Enjoy the memories or add a new one...
 1964 Roy Orbison was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Over', his second UK #1. Orbison was the first American artist to score a UK #1 in the past 47 weeks.

1966 The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Paperback Writer', the group's 12th US No.1. The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
 1969 The Hollies recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'. The ballad was written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell (who was dying of cancer of the lymph nodes). The pair met in person only three times, but managed to collaborate on the song. The track which features Elton John on piano was re-released in late 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer, where it reached No.1.

1977 Marvin Gaye went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Got To Give It Up', his third US No.1.

1983 The film soundtrack to 'Flashdance' started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.

1988 Debbie Gibson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Foolish Beat', making Debbie (aged 17), the youngest female to write, produce and record a US No.1 single. A No.9 hit in the UK. 
Tragedy on the Music Scene...

Michael Jackson: Bad, Bubbles and Bananas
Bubbles was Jackson's pet chimpanzee and constant companion.

 A Legend Remembered
2009 Michael Jackson died at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964. Jackson is credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool, four of his solo albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), while his 1982 Thriller is the world's best-selling record of all time with sales of over 50 million.

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

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