22 years ago today, Texas-born country crooner Neal McCoy released his third studio album, which turned out to be the album that would transform him into a chart-topping superstar during the 1990s.
Born in Jacksonville, Texas, McCoy got his big break in 1981 after entering a talent contest hosted by Janie Fricke – a country superstar in her own right – and walking away with the sweet taste of victory on his lips, not to mention a highly valuable prize: the opportunity to open for Charley Pride. Up to that point in his career, McCoy was still going by his real name, Neal McGaughey, but as he was understandably concerned about people mangling the pronunciation, he opted for a phonetic spelling instead: McGoy.
It’s The Stooges vs. The Doors and no one here is getting out alive!
Turning 68 today…
1. Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970): When this Carrie Snogress / Richard Benjamin dramedy hit theaters in August 1970, “I'm Eighteen” was still several months away from being released as a single, which is a way of saying that Alice Cooper was still several months away from any significant mainstream success. One can only imagine how many people walked away horrified by the band's stage antics in this party scene, but it's much nicer to think about the handful of folks who watched it and said, “Those guys are awesome.”
19 years ago today, Depeche Mode fans had their vicious appetite for new material sated at last, thanks to the band releasing the first single from their ninth studio album, Ultra.
Composed by Martin Gore, “Barrel of a Gun” was a song that some folks might've reasonably feared would never arrive, owing to all the turmoil going on within the ranks of Depeche Mode since the release of their previous studio album, 1993's Songs of Faith and Devotion. For one thing, Alan Wilder had departed the band in 1995, which - considering that he'd been in the band since 1982 - was a pretty substantial blow in and of itself, but Dave Gahan had been dealing with substance abuse issues that had been bad enough at one point to result in a suicide attempt, Martin Gore had been battling the bottle as well as suffering a series of seizures, and Andy Fletcher was suffering from depression. (Gee, go figure…)