SOMEONE TO LAY DOWN BESIDE ME
Linda Ronstadt was America's sweetheart, the coolest rock chick who owned the airwaves, she released her third smash in a row, "Hasten Down The Wind" and the killer track, which finished the LP, was "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me." The instrumentation was perfect, haunting, the sheen shone, and then we experienced the exquisite voice we all knew and loved.
Singing a song by someone we were completely unfamiliar with, one Karla Bonoff.
26 years ago today, Phil Collins released the first single from his fourth album, a track which found him getting more socially conscious than usual and focusing on the plight of the homeless.
In 1989, Phil Collins was practically unstoppable on the pop charts. No, he might not have been able to cross the threshold between music and film, but while his starring role in Buster failed to turn into him into a full-fledged movie star, the two singles he recorded for the soundtrack - “A Groovy Kind of Love” and “Two Hearts” - both topped the US singles chart. As such, there was little chance that “Another Day in Paradise” would do anything other than follow suit…and, yeah, you guessed it: that's exactly what it did.
Before this headline slot, many were doubting Muse's ability to headline a mainstream festival such as Glastonbury - let alone closing the entire event. The set they came up with proved many wrong, including a sizable TV audience watching at home, and was tinged with tragedy as drummer Dom Howard's Father passed away backstage immediately after the gig. The band went on to become one of the biggest acts around - relive the incredible setlist from this gig here.
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55 years ago today, saxophonist Hank Crawford released an album with a slightly misleading title: it wasn't a second helping of soul, it was his first outing as leader of his own music outfit.
In 1961, Crawford was arguably best known for his work with Ray Charles, who'd first encountered the sax man in 1958 while Crawford was attending Tennessee State University, playing in the Tennessee State Jazz Collegians, and - perhaps most importantly to this piece - heading up a rock 'n' roll four-piece called Little Hank and the Rhythm Kings. Yes, Crawford was a busy boy, so it probably sounded comparatively relaxing when Charles asked Crawford to play baritone sax in his band. By the following year, Crawford has switched over to alto sax, and a year after that, he'd built up enough confidence to release his debut solo endeavor.