36 years ago today, Talking Heads released their third studio album, an effort which continued the trend of rising higher up the Billboard charts than its predecessor, even if it failed to provide the band with a top-40 single like “Take Me to the River.”
As it happens, the band had actually had an epiphany after playing the aforementioned Al Green cover on American Bandstand, deciding that they didn’t really care to be known as a band that existed solely to release singles. As such, David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison decided to try and put together their follow-up to More Songs About Buildings and Food on their own, sans a producer, but when the demos they laid down didn’t blow up their collective skirt, they called in Brian Eno, who’d produced their previous album, to assist. In turn, Eno helped shape the existing material into something stronger that made everyone happy.
One of the greatest pop singers of the ‘60s has died: Cilla Black, who – although she was best known in America for her lone US top-40 single, “You’re My World” – remained a popular figure in the UK throughout the decades for her music as well as her TV work.
Born in Liverpool with a steadfast determination to become an entertainer, Black got a job taking coats at the famed Cavern Club, but it didn’t take long before her gifts as a singer were discovered and she found herself on the road to stardom. By 1963, the Beatles had introduced her to Brian Epstein, who signed her as a client and introduced her to George Martin, and from there began a collaboration which would serve her tremendously well over the next several years, starting with her debut single, “Love of the Loved,” a previously-unreleased John Lennon and Paul McCartney composition.
"All summer long, we spent dancin' in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playin'
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
That's your image of SoCal, I know. Beach bunnies and surfboards. Endless summer sunsets.
But the truth is that's not the way it's been this summer.
The Replacements recently returned to the UK after a 24-year hiatus - and blew The Roundhouse away with two nights of energetic rock, passionate ballads, punk riffs, and the melodic American rock. Here is the setlist from the first night.
38 years ago today, Andy Gibb hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in his career with a song which would - oddly enough - go on to hit #1 a second time a few weeks later.
Written by Andy's brother, Barry, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” was composed in Bermuda during the same visit which produced “(Love Is) Thicker than Water,” a.k.a. the second song Andy took to the top of the charts. The latter track was co-written with Andy, but in an interview included in the Tales of the Brothers Gibb box set, Andy explained that “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” was written so quickly that he didn't even have a chance to chime in.