Do you know Long Tall Sally?

A year that seen Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, première at New York's Academy of Music. The film included footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.

Also, the 13th Grammy Awards, honoring musical accomplishments of the previous year, were presented. The ceremonies were broadcast on live television for the first time.

Bands and groups that split this year included the English rock band Free, bands and groups that established this year included American hard rockers the New York Dolls and New Zealand rockers Split Enz.

Now let's look at some tracks;

SONG 1 - Cactcus - Long Tall Sally

A cover of the 1956 song by Little Richard Cactus joins a long list of impressive artists to have covered the song including Elvis who recorded it twice, Eddie Cochran, The Kinks, the Beatles and the Scorpions to name just a few.

The Cactus version appeared on their second album One Way …. Or Another, the album had eight tracks in all 6 of which were written by the band and two which were covers, Long Tall Sally and also I Feel So Bad by Chuck Willis a blues musician who released his version in 1954 when it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart. This track was also released by Elvis in 1961.


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SONG 2 - Scott English - Brandy

The song reached number 12 in the UK for English, it was also released in the US but only reached the lower portion of the Hot 100.

The suggestion that Scott English wrote the song about a favorite dog is apparently an urban legend. English has said that a reporter called him early one morning asking who "Brandy" was, and an irritated English made up the dog story to get the reporter off his back.

The song would be covered by Barry Manilow 3 years later but the name 'Brandy' was changed to 'Mandy' to avoid any confusion, it would hit the top spot in the US and hit number 11 in the UK. In 2003 Westlife would release their version of Mandy and it would top the UK charts.


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SONG 3 - Pink Floyd - Fearless

Fearless is the third track on the album Meddle by Pink Floyd.

This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.

Although it was not released as a single in the UK and never played live, it was released as the "B-side" of the single "One of These Days" 

In a review for the Meddle album, Jean-Charles Costa of Rolling Stone described Fearless as "a clever spoof" that "leads up to a classic crowd rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone."

A Classic Rock Review described Fearless as "the best overall song on the album and talks about meeting challenges in the face of adversity." They went on saying Fearless is "highlighted by Gilmour’s calm yet strong guitar strumming and the odd beat from drummer Nick Mason."


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SONG 4 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Nut Rocker

The single reached number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 92 on the U.S. Cashbox chart.

It was a favorite for the bands fans when performed live and appeared on the live album Pictures at an Exhibition recorded at Newcastle City Hall. The album peaked at number 3 in the U.K. and number 10 in the U.S.


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SONG 5 - Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore

The song, like some others by the group, makes references to The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Plant felt he needed another voice to tell the story, and for the recording of the song, folk singer Sandy Denny was invited to duet with Plant. Denny was a former member of British folk group Fairport Convention.

The track appeared on the untitled album commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV.

The album received overwhelming praise from critics. In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Lenny Kaye called it the band's "most consistently good" album yet and praised the diversity of the songs: "out of eight cuts, there isn't one that steps on another's toes, that tries to do too much all at once."


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SONG 6 - REO Speedwagon - 157 Riverside Avenue

157 Riverside Avenue is a song by REO Speedwagon from their first album, REO Speedwagon.

The song is a standard at the band's live performances, as it has been for many years. Where the original studio version clocked in at only 3:57 some live performances of the song have reached 13:37.

As well as 157 Riverside Avenue the band’s debut album also gave us other fan favorites, “Sophisticated Lady” and “Lay Me Down”.


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SONG 7 - Janis Joplin- Me and Bobby McGee

Joplin recorded the song for inclusion on her Pearl album only a few days before her death.

Kris Kristofferson had sung the song for her, and singer Bob Neuwirth taught it to her. Kristofferson didn’t know she’d recorded it until after her death.

The first time he heard her recording of it was the day after she died.

Joplin's version topped the charts to become her only number one single


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SONG 8 - Ten Years After - I'd Love to Change the World

Change the World by British blues rock band Ten Years After written by Alvin Lee (lead guitarist and singer of the band), it is the lead single from their album A Space in Time.

It is the band's only Top 40 hit, peaking at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and their most popular single.

The song discusses the confused state of the world, covering a wide variety of societal complaints, until it finally addresses the Vietnam War.


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SONG 9 - John Entwistle - My Size

My Size is the first track on Entwistle’s debut solo album Smash Your Head Against the Wall and contains the main riff from one of his popular compositions, "Boris the Spider".

Although released as a single it failed to chart.

When Entwistle was asked about the song, he said simply: "'My Size,' was just written in the studio, we wrote the chord progressions and then I went home and composed the tune and the words.”  In another interview Entwistle called "My Size" a sequel to his 1966 hit with The Who, "Boris the Spider".


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The last track for today is from Egg with A Visit to Newport Hospital.

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1971

Other notable things from this year were ...

Jim Morrison was found dead in a bath tub in Paris, France, aged 27. Alain Ronay would claim, years later, that he assisted Morrison's lover, Pamela Courson, in covering up the circumstances.

Also, Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance for the encore of The Band's New Year's Eve concert at the Academy of Music, joining the group for four songs including "Like a Rolling Stone".

SONG 10 - Egg - A Visit to Newport Hospital

A Visit to Newport Hospital tells the story of the Eggs origin and appeared on the album The Polite Force.

The album is often regarded as the band’s best work and displays an advance in compositional maturity which moves away from the lingering psychedelic-pop sensibilities of their debut album toward a more avant-garde instrumental approach.

The music is a fine example of early English progressive rock, bearing many similarities to Soft Machine.


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One Night in Bangkok

Each post I choose a random year in a particular decade, now you could cheat and go directly to the end of the post to find out what year in music the post is about or you could try and guess as your reading.

You decide

So, what happened in my chosen year for this post?

American blues singer Willie Dixon sued Led Zeppelin over the song "Whole Lotta Love", on the grounds that it contained too many similarities to his own song "You Need Love". The lawsuit was settled out of court.

Also, this year after months of arguing, David Lee Roth left Van Halen to begin a solo career and Wham! became the first Western pop group to perform in China when they played a concert in Beijing's Workers Stadium during an historic 10-day visit.

Bands and groups that formed this year included Arcadia, The Christians, The Communards and Guns N’ Roses.

SONG - 1. Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok

From the concept album and subsequent musical Chess by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. British actor and singer Murray Head raps the verses, while the chorus is sung by Anders Glenmark, a Swedish singer, songwriter and producer.

The release topped the charts in many countries, including South Africa, West Germany, Switzerland and Australia. It peaked at number 3 in both Canada and the United States and at number 12 in Head's native UK.


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SONG - 2. Bill Sharpe & Gary Numan - Change Your Mind

Written by Shakatak members Bill Sharpe and Roger Odell and featuring lead vocals by Gary Numan, it was released as a single in February and was a Top 20 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 17 in March.

All songs on the single are included on Bill Sharpe's solo album Famous People released the same year. The A-side Change Your Mind also appears on the Sharpe & Numan album Automatic, released in four years later.


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SONG - 3. Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better

Things Can Only Get Better was released as the first single from Howard Jones' album Dream Into Action, reaching #6 in the UK Singles Chart and number 5 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Curiously, the song also crossed over to the R&B charts in America, peaking at number 54.

A typically upbeat Jones composition, it was one of two songs from the album to feature all-female singing group Afrodiziak on backing vocals. 


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SONG - 4. Paul Hardcastle – 19

19 has a strong anti-war message, focusing on America's involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served.

The track was notable for early use of sampled and processed speech, in particular a synthesized stutter effect used on the words 'nineteen' and 'destruction'. It also includes various non-speech, re-dubbed sampling, such as crowd noise and a military bugle call.

19 had huge international success in the charts; it went to number 1 in the UK for five weeks and became the top-selling single in 13 countries in its year of release.


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SONG - 5. The Clash - This Is England

This Is England a song by the English punk rock band The Clash, released in September from their sixth, final, and critically maligned studio album Cut the Crap

Unlike the album, which continues to receive criticism and in some cases ridicule, "This Is England" is often praised. Joe Strummer the bands frontman described it as his "last great Clash song".

It peaked at number 24 in the UK.


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SONG - 6. Tina Turner - We Don’t Need Another Hero

On the heels of Turner's multiplatinum album Private Dancer, We Don’t Need Another Hero was released as a 7" single, an extended version was released as a 12" single and on the soundtrack album for the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the final instalment of the Mad Max films starring Mel Gibson.

Turner also starred in the film with Gibson.

The single peaked at number 3 in the UK and number 2 in the US.


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SONG - 7. Jan Hammer - Miami Vice Theme

Miami Vice Theme is a musical piece composed and performed by Jan Hammer as the theme to the television series Miami Vice. It was first presented as part of the television broadcast of the show in September before its release as a single.,

It peaked hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the last instrumental to top the Hot 100 until 2013, when "Harlem Shake" by Baauer reached number one.

It also peaked at number five in the UK and number four in Canada.


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SONG - 8. Freddie Mercury - I Was Born To Love You

Released as a single and on the Mr. Bad Guy album.

After Mercury's death, Queen re-worked this song for their album Made in Heaven in 1995, by having the other members play their instrumental parts over the original track, transforming the song from a disco song to a rock song. The Queen version from the Made in Heaven album also includes samples of Mercury's ad-lib vocals taken from "A Kind of Magic" and from "Living on My Own".

The original version by Mercury peaked at number 11 in the UK and number 76 in the US.


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SONG - 9. Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2

The second single from their debut album This Is Big Audio Dynamite. The song was the group's first Top 40 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 11. Additionally, it peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the US.

The song features prominent dialogue samples from the 1970 film Performance


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The last track for today is from Arcadia with Election Day.

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1985

Other notable things from this year were ...
Various artists, under the group name USA For Africa, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Tina Turner, Sheila E., Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Carnes, Dionne Warwick, Waylon Jennings, Bob Geldof and Stevie Wonder, record the song "We Are the World", written by Jackson and Ritchie.

Later in the year Bob Geldof and Midge Ure from Ultravox would organise the now legendary Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium.

As I’ve already mentioned our last track in this post is from Arcadia with Election Day.

SONG - 10. Arcadia - Election Day

Election Day was the first single released by the Duran Duran offshoot band, Arcadia.

It hit the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at number 6 in the US and number 7 in the UK. Along with the Arcadia members, "Election Day" features Grace Jones on vocals and speech segments.

 


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