Anyone who loves the music of the 1960s will surely remember South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela's original instrumental version of "Grazing In The Grass" which became a #1
hit in 1968 (a cover version featuring vocals also becoming a #1
hit for The Friends Of Distinction in 1969). The great trumpet player passed away one year ago today, January 23, 2018, at age 78.
Wikipedia: Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (4 April 1939 – 23 January 2018) was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and singer. He has been described as the "father of South African jazz." Masekela was known for his jazz compositions and for writing well-known anti-apartheid songs such as "Soweto Blues" and "Bring Him Back Home". He also had a number 1 US pop hit in 1968 with his version of "Grazing In The Grass". From 1964 to 1968 he was married to singer and activist Miriam Makeba. He was the father of American television host Sal Masekela.
Masekela died in Johannesburg on the early morning of 23 January 2018 from prostate cancer, aged 78.
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Chicago was one of my favorite bands while growing up and I still love their music to this day. But forty-one years ago today on January 23, 1978, the band suffered the tragic loss of singer/guitarist Terry Kath who died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 31, a few days short of his 32nd birthday on January 31, 1978. His soulful voice was front and center on some of my favorite Chicago songs, particularly "Make Me Smile," "Colour My World" and "Dialogue (Part I & II)," that one a duet with bandmate Peter Cetera. Rest in peace, Terry.
Wikipedia: Terry Alan Kath (January 31, 1946 – January 23, 1978) was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, one of the lead singers and founding members of the rock band Chicago. He has been praised by the band for his guitar skills and Ray Charles-influenced vocal style.
Growing up in a musical family, Kath took up a variety of instruments in his teens, including the drums and banjo. He played bass in a number of bands in the mid-1960s, before settling on the guitar when forming the group that became Chicago. His guitar playing was an important component of the group's sound from the start of their career, and he sang lead on several of the group's singles. He used a number of different guitars, but eventually became identified with the Fender Telecaster fitted with a humbucker pickup and decorated with numerous stickers. Kath was also said to be Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitarist.
Kath struggled with health issues and drug abuse towards the end of the 1970s. He died in January 1978 from an accidental gunshot wound to the head. The bereavement tempted Chicago to consider disbanding, but they ultimately decided to resume as is signified by their memorial song "Alive Again". To commemorate his musicianship, they issued the 1997 album, The Innovative Guitar Of Terry Kath.
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On this day forty-two years ago, January 22, 1977, Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" hit the #1
spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is from Stevie's double album masterpiece Songs In The Key Of Life, which, in addition to the two albums, came packaged with a four song extended play 45 RPM record, titled "A Something's Extra" plus a booklet full of lyrics. Sad to say but opening a CD these days just doesn't compare to the feeling you got from opening an album back then. "I Wish those days would come back once more," as Stevie sang (nowadays vinyl records have made a comeback so go grab a copy of Songs In The Key Of Life today). Wikipedia: "I Wish" is a hit song by Stevie Wonder. It was released in 1976 as a single and included on the album Songs In The Key Of Life. Written and produced by Wonder, the song focuses on his childhood from the 1950s into the early 1960s. The single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and soul singles chart.
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🎈Happy 70th Birthday!
January 22, 1949 - Born on this day, Steve Perry, vocals, Journey; 1982 US No.2 single Open Arms, solo 1984 US No.3 single, Oh, Sherrie.
Born in Hanford, California to Portuguese parents, Perry grew up interested in music, as his father, Raymond Perry, was a vocalist and co-owner of radio station KNGS. On his twelfth birthday his mother, Mary Quaresma, presented her son with a gold eighth note necklace, which he still wears for good luck. The same year Perry heard Sam Cooke's song "Cupid" on his mother's car radio. This inspired Perry to become a singer.
Perry fronted the band, Alien Project, in his mid-twenties. He nearly gave up music when the bassist of that band, Richard Michaels, was killed in an car accident. Perry decided not to continue his singing career but at the urging of his mother, he answered a call from Walter "Herbie" Herbert, manager of the struggling San Francisco-based band, Journey.
Steve Perry provided lead vocals on nine of Journey's albums: Infinity (1978), Evolution (1979), Departure (1980), Dream, After Dream (1980), Captured (1980), Escape (1981, which reached No.1), Frontiers (1983), Raised on Radio (1986), and Trial By Fire (1996). The single "Open Arms" from Escape was their biggest hit single, charting at No. 2 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Perry had become the unmistakable voice of Journey.
Perry's singing has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publications; he has been described as "The Voice", a moniker originally coined by friend and former chart peer Jon Bon Jovi. Queen guitarist Brian May said, "Perry is a truly luminous singer, in my opinion—a voice in a million." Sony record executive, former American Idol judge and musician Randy Jackson described Perry's as "the golden voice," and opined that, "Other than Robert Plant, there's no singer in rock that even came close to Steve Perry." Greg Prato of AllMusic wrote, If only one singer could be selected as the most identifiable with '80s arena rock, it would have to be Journey's Steve Perry.
Perry will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey on April 7, 2017.
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC... 🎶
In 1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd in Surrey, England, with Paul McCartney as his the best man. Years later, Boyd ended up leaving Harrison for another musician heartthrob: Eric Clapton.
Billy Ocean, born Leslie Sebastian Charles on January 21, 1950, is a Trinidadian-English recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s. His 1985 hit "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" reached No. 1in the UK and No. 2 in the US. Also in 1985, Billy won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist. ]His 1988 hit "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" reached No. 1 in the US and No. 3in the UK.
Happy Birthday, Billy Ocean. Shown here at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, ON on February 8, 2014.
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January 21, 1989 - "Two Hearts" by Phil Collins went to No.1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks.
The song topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for five weeks, and also reached number one in Canada and number six on the UK Singles Chart. It opened the radio station BBC Hereford and Worcester, appropriate in that the station was based in two different places.
Two Hearts was composed by Lamont Dozier (of Motown's Holland-Dozier-Holland), with lyrics by Collins, both of whom also produced the song.
It was released from ‘Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’, the soundtrack for the 1988 British film Buster. The album is essentially a collection of oldies, tucked in between two Phil Collins songs that were recorded for the film, in which he starred.
Buster is a British romantic crime comedy based on events from the Great Train Robbery. It stars Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb and Sheila Hancock. Both promo-singles for the film, "Two Hearts" and "A Groovy Kind Of Love", topped the US charts.
The song won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1989. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song (tying with "Let the River Run" from Working Girl by Carly Simon). It garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Two music videos were made, both directed by Jim Yukich and produced by Paul Flattery. The first one was similar to Collins' 1982 video "You Can't Hurry Love" featuring Collins as all four members in a band (named "The Four Pound Notes") and a cameo appearance by British DJ Tony Blackburn. The other featured him in a wrestling match against the Ultimate Warrior, which was featured on the Jim Yukich-directed, Paul Flattery-produced Seriously.. Phil Collins CBS TV special which aired 8 September 1990.
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Reposted from @musicflashbacks
- January 21, 1966 - George Harrison married Pattie Boyd in a ceremony at a registry office in Ashley Road, Epsom, with Paul McCartney as best man.
In 1964, Boyd met Harrison during the filming of A Hard Day's Night, in which she was cast as a schoolgirl. Her only line in the film was asking "Prisoners?", but she later appeared in the "I Should Have Known Better" segment. Boyd was "semi-engaged" to photographer Eric Swayne at the time, thus declining a date proposal from Harrison. Several days later, after ending her relationship with Swayne, she went back to work on the film and Harrison asked her out on a date for a second time.
The couple went to a private gentlemen's club called the Garrick Club, chaperoned by the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein. According to Boyd, one of the first things Harrison said to her on the film set was: Will you marry me? Well, if you won't marry me, will you have dinner with me tonight?
In 1973, Boyd's marriage to Harrison began to fail and she had an affair with Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood. She separated from Harrison in 1974 and their divorce was finalized on 9 June 1977. Boyd said her decision to end their marriage and leave Harrison was based largely on his repeated infidelities, culminating in an affair with Ringo Starr's wife Maureen, which Boyd called the final straw.
Eric Clapton fell in love with Boyd in the late 1960s while she was still married to Harrison. Clapton's 1970 album with Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, was written to proclaim his love for her, particularly the hit song "Layla". When Boyd rebuffed his advances late that year, Clapton descended into heroin addiction and self-imposed exile for three years. Boyd finally moved in with Clapton and married him in 1979. Her struggles within the marriage were masked by her public image with Clapton. Boyd drank and admits to past drug use, she became a drug addict like Clapton did. Boyd left Clapton in September 1984, and divorced him in 1988. Her stated reasons were Clapton's years of alcoholism, as well as his numerous affairs.
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