Today in Music: 6/14/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Madonna’s Who’s That Girl World Tour kicked off at the Osaka Stadium in Osaka, Japan, on June 14, 1987. Supporting her third studio album True Blue (1986) and the Who’s That Girl soundtrack (1987), the tour was her second overall and first world tour, visiting Asia, North America and Europe. Madonna trained rigorously for the demands of the tour which were physically, musically and technically more ambitious than the previous Virgin Tour. The multi-media show consisted of seven costume changes (designed by Marlene Stewart who had designed the now iconic black bustier from the “Open Your Heart” video) and extensive staging and choreography by Shabba Doo. The tour also marked the first time Madonna used Niki Haris and Donna De Lory as backup vocalists (the two would continue for several subsequent tours as Madonna’s featured backing vocalists). Who’s That Girl World Tour was a commercial success, grossing $25 million dollars over 3 legs and 38 total shows. The tour was captured for the release Ciao Italia: Live from Italy. Level 42 served as the official opening act. #madonna #whosthatgirl #whosthatgirlworldtour #madonnawhosthatgirl #osakajapan #osakastadium #trueblue #moviesoundtracks #concerttours #virgintour #marlenestewart #openyourheart #shabbadoo #nikiharis #donnadelory #ciaoitalialivefromitaly #level42 #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 6/13/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On June 13, 1979, The Cars released their second studio album Candy-O. Like on their self-titled debut album, the band again worked with Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker. The record received positive reviews and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album’s cover art was created by artist Alberto Vargas, noted for his paintings of pin-up girls that appeared in Playboy and Esquire magazines. The model used for the cover (coincidentally named Candy Moore) was an actress best know for playing Lucille Ball’s onscreen daughter on The Lucy Show. Three singles were released from Candy-O: “Let’s Go” (the band’s first top twenty hit), “It’s All I Can Do”, and “Double Life”. #thecars #candyo #roythomasbaker #billboard200 #albertovargas #painters #pinups #playboy #playboymagazine #esquiremagazine #candymoore #lucilleball #thelucyshow #letsgo #itsallicando #doublelife #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 6/12/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On June 12, 2003, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Little Richard and the members of Queen (John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor), were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 34th annual induction and awards dinner held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event was executive produced by Phil Ramone and broadcast on the Bravo network. The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. The NAPM/SHOF is also devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Some key Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, among many, many others. #songwritershalloffame #nationalacademyofpopularmusic #philcollins #vanmorrison #littlerichard #queen #johndeacon #brainmay #freddiemercury #rogertaylor #marriottmarquis #nyc #philramone #bravo #johnnymercer #abeolman #howierichmond #inductees #songwritingroyalty #popularmusic #bobdylan #billyjoel #sireltonjohn #bernietaupin #steviewonder #brinawilson #jamestaylor #jamesbrown #curtismayfield #jimcroce #haldavid #burtbacharach #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 6/11/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Unforgettable…with Love by Natalie Cole was released on June 11, 1991. The album consisted of covers of standards previously performed by her father, Nat King Cole. The record also marked Cole’s debut for Elektra Records. Unforgettable…with Love achieved considerable success and was considered a major comeback for Natalie Cole. The album reached number one in the US and Australia and won the 1992 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The track “Unforgettable” won an additional four Grammys: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Traditional Pop Vocal Performance and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s). #nataliecole #unforgettable #natkingcole #unforgettablewithlove #standards #elektrarecords #numberone #numberonealbums #albumoftheyear #recordoftheyear #songoftheyear #traditionalpopvocalperformance #popstandards #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 6/10/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “You’re the One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reached number on on the Hot 100 on June 10, 1978. Written by John Farrar, the song was one of two singles (along with “Hopelessly Devoted to You”) that Farrar wrote specifically for Olivia Newton-John for the film version of Grease that had not been in the original stage musical. The song became an international hit and is one of the best-selling singles in history with estimated sales of more that 15 million copies. #olivianewtonjohn #johntravolta #grease #johnfarrar #hopelesslydevotedtoyou #stagemusicals #filmmusicals #bestsellingsingles #classic #popculture #danny #sandy #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 6/7/19

Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to jazz singer Mattie Shaw and pianist/songwriter John Lewis Nelson. Prince Rogers was his father’s stage name, used while performing in the jazz group The Prince Rogers Trio. Prince was known as “Skipper” growing up. Prince was a skilled multi-instrumentalist but was best known as a guitar virtuoso. He pioneered the “Minneapolis Sound”, a sub-genre of funk rock incorporating elements of synth-pop and new wave. Prince signed his first recording contract with Warner Bros. Records in his late teens. He was granted complete creative control, unheard of for such a young, unproven talent. His debut album, For You, was released in 1978. Prince went on to become one of the biggest artists of all-time, selling more than 100 million albums over the course of his innovative and eclectic career. The release of his 1984 film and album Purple Rain made him a global superstar and was his commercial peak. Prince won seven Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Prince was immensely influential and was instrumental in the careers of many successful artists including The Time, Wendy & Lisa, Sheila E., Vanity 6, Appolonia 6, Jill Jones, Ingrid Chavez, Sheena Easton, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Morris Day, Rosie Gaines, Susannah Melvoin and Madhouse. Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose on April 21, 2016, at his home and recording complex Paisley Park. He was 57 years old. #prince #princeandtherevolution #princeandthenewpowergeneration #minneapolissound #princerogerstrio #mattieshaw #princerogersnelson #johnllewis #skipper #warnerbrosrecords #foryou #purplerain #thetime #wendyandlisa #jilljones #jimmyjamandterrylewis #sheilae #vanity6 #appolonia6 #susannahmelvoin #paisleypark #paisleyparkisinyourheart #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 6/6/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On June 6, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, was officially placed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior which recognizes the significance of buldings, structures and sites throughout the country. “Woodstock was a pivotal moment in both New York and American history, bringing together unique art and music in an event that changed this nation’s cultural and political landscape,” Governor Cuomo said. “This prestigious recognition will help preserve a priceless New York landmark for current and future generation of New Yorkers.” In August 1969, more that 400,000 people traveled to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm for the now famous three-day music festival, featuring some of the most iconic musicians of all-time. Today, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the Woodstock site, inspires and educates students and visitors through the arts and humanities. The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the social, political, cultural and musical transformations of the sixties while drawing connections to the issues that continue to affect our world today. It features an award-winning permanent collection, evolving exhibits and engaging programs. This summer marks the 50 anniversary of Woodstock. A celebration event called Woodstock50 is schedule for August 2019. #woodstock #bethelwoodscenterforthearts #andrewcuomo #governorcuomo #nys #newyorkstate #woodstockmusicandartfair #historicplaces #nationalregistry #nationalparkservice #usdepartmenoftheinterior #americanhistory #landmarks #maxyasgur #dairyfarm #iconic #1960s #60s #hippies #ageofaquarius #summeroflove
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Today in Music: 6/5/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On June 5, 1989, Peter Gabriel released his 8th studio album Passion. Originally composed as the soundtrack album for the film “The Last Temptation of Christ”, Gabriel continued to work and develop the music after the film hit theaters, finally releasing it as a full-fledged album instead of a movie soundtrack. Gabriel utilized resources and musicians through WOMAD, the organization he founded in 1980 “to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, art and dance”. The album introduced many listeners to such artists as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour, L. Shankar and Baaba Maal. Passion is considered a landmark in the popularization of world music and won a Grammy Award for Best New Age album in 1990. The album’s cover art is by artist Julian Grater. #passion #petergabriel #passionpetergabriel #thelasttemptationofchrist #soundtracks #moviesoundtracks #womad #worldofmusicartsdance #music #art #dance #religiousmusic #nusratfatehalikhan #youssoundour #lshankar #baabamaal #worldmusic #grammyaward #bestworldmusicalbum #albumcoverart #juliangrater #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 6/4/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Born in the U.S.A, the seventh studio album by Bruce Springsteen, was released on June 4, 1984. The album was recorded at The Power Station and Hit Factory studios in New York City and produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Steven Van Zandt and Springsteen. Born in the U.S.A achieved massive commercial success, selling over 30 million copies and producing seven top ten singles: “Dancing in the Dark”, “Cover Me”, “Born in the U.S.A.”, “Glory Days”, “I’m Goin’ Down”, and “My Hometown”. The album showed Springsteen embracing a more mainstream sound than on his previous releases. The title track became one of Bruce Springsteen’s most misunderstood songs. The chorus of the song gives the illusion of a positive, patriotic anthem but the lyrics actually depict the difficulties and margilization of working class Vietnam veterans returning home. Born in the U.S.A. was the best-selling album of 1985 and the best-selling album of Springsteen’s career. The album was #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for seven weeks and remained on the chart for a total of 143 weeks. The iconic album cover was shot by Annie Lebovitz. #bornintheusa #brucespringsteen #estreetband #powerstation #hitfactory #jonlandau #chuckplotkin #stevenvanzandt #dancinginthedark #coverme #imonfire #glorydays #imgoindown #myhometown #vietnamvets #classicalbums #topalbums #iconicalbumcovers #annielebovitz

Today in Music: 6/3/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Curtis Mayfield was born on June 3, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, to Marion and Kenneth Mayfield. One of five children, Mayfield got his start performing in church. At the age of 14, Mayfield met Jerry Butler and the two would soon join the group The Impressions who went on to become a top-selling soul act with hits such as the Mayfield composition “People Get Ready”. In 1970, Curtis Mayfield left The Impressions to pursue a solo career, releasing a series of influential albums that were noteworthy for their socially conscious themes addressing inner city problems including Curtis (his 1970 debut), Roots (1971), the classic Super Fly soundtrack (1972), and more. He also worked extensively as a writer and producer for other artists like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Staple Singers. Curtis Mayfield has received a Grammy Legend Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and is among an elite few members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame who have been inducted more than once (with The Impressions in 1991, and as a solo artist in 1999). He is considered one of the most significant soul artists of all time. Mayfield, who had been paralyzed since 1990 from a freak stage accident at a concert in Flatbush, Brooklyn, died in 1999 from complications of type 2 diabetes. Upon his death, Aretha Franklin remarked, “Curtis Mayfield is to soul music what Bach was to the classics and Gershwin and Irving Berlin were to pop music.” #curtismayfield #singersongwriter #guitarist #recordproducer #legend #goat #jerrybutler #theimpressions #soulmusic #classicsoul #curtis #roots #superfly #arethafranklin #gladysknightandthepips #thestaplesingers #grammylegend #rockandrollhalloffame #flatbush #brooklyn #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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