Thursday, March 30, 2017

BMI Icon Awards

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BMI is an organization which collects royalties on behalf of artists. It gives out annual Icon awards in various categories, including country, Latin, London, pop, and urban (later changed to R&B/hip-hop), in honor of what the website calls a songwriter’s “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” The BMI site does not appear to offer any details when these awards were initiated (although the earliest awards appear to be given in 2002) and also fails to provide one easy-access list which would detail all recipients, categories in which they received the award, and the year. As such, the list below is cobbled together from multiple sources to provide as much detail as possible:

  • Bill Anderson (country, 2002)
  • Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga (Latin, 2013)
  • The Bee Gees (pop, 2007)
  • Chuck Berry (pop, 2002)
  • Birdman (R&B/hip-hop, 2013)
  • Don Black (London, 2010)
  • Bobby Braddock (country, 2011)
  • James Brown (urban, 2002)
  • Mariah Carey (urban, 2012)
  • George Clinton (urban, 2009)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash (pop, 2006)
  • Charlie Daniels (country, 2005)
  • Ray Davies (London, 2006)
  • Mac Davis (country, 2015)
  • Bo Diddley (pop, 2002)
  • Dean Dillon (country, 2013)
  • Donovan (London 2009)
  • Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (urban, 2006)
  • Gloria Estefan (Latin, 2009)
  • Bryan Ferry (London, 2008)
  • John Fogerty (pop, 2010)
  • David Foster (pop, 2011)
  • Peter Gabriel (London, 2007)
  • Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff (pop, 2009)
  • The Gap Band (urban, 2005)
  • Vince Gill (country, 2014)
  • Graham Gouldman (London, 2015)
  • Al Green (urban, 2004)
  • Juan Luis Guerra (Latin, 2006)
  • Merle Haggard (country, 2006)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates (pop, 2008)
  • Tom T. Hall (country, 2012)
  • Isaac Hayes (urban, 2003)
  • Holland-Dozier-Holland (pop, 2003)
  • The Jacksons (urban, 2008)
  • Carole King (pop, 2012)
  • Kris Kristofferson (country, 2009)
  • Little Richard (pop, 2002)
  • Los Lobos (Latin, 2016)
  • Los Tigres Del Norte (Latin, 2007)
  • John Lydon (London, 2013)
  • Loretta Lynn (country, 2004)
  • Barry Manilow (pop, 2017)
  • Barry Mann (pop, 2016)
  • Van Morrison (London, 2004)
  • Willie Nelson (country, 2007)
  • Stevie Nicks (pop, 2014)
  • Dolly Parton (country, 2003)
  • Queen (London, 2011)
  • Antonio “L.A.” Reid (urban, 2006)
  • Tim Rice (London, 2014)
  • Nile Rodgers (R&B/hip-hop, 2015)
  • Carlos Santana (Latin, 2005)
  • Gustavo Santaolalla (Latin, 2008)
  • Billy Sherrill (country, 2010)
  • Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons (urban, 2007)
  • Paul Simon (pop, 2005)
  • Slim (R&B/hip-hop, 2013)
  • Snoop Dogg (urban, 2011)
  • Sting (London, 2016)
  • Cynthia Weil (pop, 2016)
  • Hank Williams Jr. (country, 2008)
  • Brian Wilson (pop, 2004)
  • Steve Winwood (London, 2005)


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Diana Ross/The Supremes: Top 50 Songs

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Diana Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 26, 1944. As a member of the Supremes, she topped the Billboard charts twelve times and helped establish them as the top female group of all time. She left the group in 1970, but launched straight into a successful solo career. In celebration of her birthday, here are her top 50 songs of all time, with and without the Supremes. #1 songs are noted as follows: #1 US (Billboard pop chart), #1 AC (Billboard adult contemporary chart), #1 RB (Billboard R&B chart), and #1 UK (the UK charts).

The Top 50 Diana Ross/Supremes Songs

Where Did Our Love Go

1. Endless Love (with Lionel Richie, 1981) #1 US, #1 RB, #1 AC
2. Stop! In the Name of Love (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US
3. Where Did Our Love Go (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, #1 RB
4. Baby Love (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US, #1 RB, #1 UK
5. You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, #1 RB
6. Upside Down (1980) #1 US, #1 RB
7. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1970) #1 US, #1 RB
8. You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes, 1966) #1 US, #1 RB
9. Love Child (The Supremes, 1968) #1 US
10. Someday We’ll Be Together (The Supremes, 1969) #1 US, #1 RB

Stop! In the Name of Love

11. Love Hangover (1976) #1 US, #1 RB
12. Touch Me in the Morning (1973) #1 US, #1 AC
13. Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Theme from ‘Mahogany’) (1975) #1 US, #1 AC
14. Come See About Me (The Supremes, 1964) #1 US
15. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (The Supremes with the Temptations, 1968)
16. I Hear a Symphony (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US
17. I’m Coming Out (1980)
18. Back in My Arms Again (The Supremes, 1965) #1 US, #1 RB
19. Reflections (The Supremes, 1967)
20. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1981)

21. The Happening (The Supremes, 1967) #1 US
22. The Last Time I Saw Him (1973) #1 AC
23. Muscles (1982)
24. Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone (The Supremes, 1967) #1 US, #1 RB
25. Missing You (1984) #1 RB
26. Mirror, Mirror (1982)
27. All of You (with Julio Iglesias, 1984)
28. Remember Me (1970)
29. Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand (1970)
30. It’s My Turn (1980)

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

31. Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart (The Supremes, 1966)
32. Chain Reaction (1985) #1 UK
33. Ease on Down the Road (with Michael Jackson, 1978)
34. I’m Livin’ in Shame (The Supremes, 1969)
35. In and Out of Love (The Supremes, 1967)
36. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes (The Supremes, 1974)
37. My Mistake Was to Love You (with Marvin Gaye, 1974)
38. My World Is Empty Without You (The Supremes, 1965)
39. The Boss (1979)
40. Gettin’ Ready for Love (1977)

Upside Down

41. Swept Away (1984)
42. Forever Came Today (The Supremes, 1968)
43. Nothing But Heartaches (The Supremes, 1965)
44. Pieces of Ice (1983)
45. You’re a Special Part of Me (with Marvin Gaye, 1973)
46. Some Things You Never Get Used To (The Supremes, 1968)
47. I’m Still Waiting (1971) #1 UK
48. I’ll Try Something New (The Supremes with the Temptations, 1969)
49. Good Morning Heartache (1973)
50. The Composer (The Supremes, 1969)

Endless Love


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Jimi Hendrix released “Purple Haze” in the UK 50 years ago (3/17/1967)

Last updated 4/17/2020.

Purple Haze

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Writer(s): Jimi Hendrix (see lyrics here)

Released: March 17, 1967

First Charted: March 23, 1967

Peak: 65 US, 64 CB, 66 HR, 1 CL, 3 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 20.0 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

The man who some call the greatest guitarist of all time didn’t exactly explode out of the gate in his native U.S. His debut single, “Hey Joe,” was released in December 1966 and soared to #6 in the UK, but didn’t make a dent on the Billboard Hot 100. In March 1967, Hendrix released his second single, “Purple Haze,” in the UK. It did even better, hitting #3 there and, when released in the U.S. three months later, managed to at least show up on the charts, although at a measly #65.

Of course, Hendrix’s impact cannot be measured by chart performance. Rolling Stone credited the song with launching two musical revolutions – “late-Sixties psychedelia and the unprecedented genius of Jimi Hendrix.” RS500 As the lead track on the debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the song was “many people’s first exposure to Hendrix’s psychedelic rock sound.” WK Written in the dressing room of a London club on the day after Christmas in 1966, the song “captured the liberating rush of day-glo culture just in time for the Summer of Love.” RS500

“Purple Haze” served as “a concise showcase for his brilliant, often contradictory gifts.” RS500 It is “a three-minute blaze of overdubbed guitar sorcery” RS500 which sports “one of the unforgettable opening riffs in rock: a ferocious two-note guitar march scarred with fuzz.” RS500 “Hendrix echoed his screaming Strat in the closing solo with another shrieking guitar put through a new harmonic-manipulation device called an Octavia and played back at double speed.” RS500 Q magazine rated it the top guitar song of all time. WK

Fans have often interpreted the song as being about a psychedelic drug-inspired experience, WK but Hendrix has said the lyrics wer inspired by a dream NPR he had in which he could walk underwater. RS500 He’s also said it was inspired by Philip José Farmer’s 1966 science fiction novel, Night of Light. It was set on a distant planet where sunspots produced a purplish haze which disoriented the inhabitants. WK Hendrix also suggested the song is about the protagonist liking a girl so much that he’s in a sort of daze, an account which draws from an experience where Hendrix felt a girl was trying to use voodoo to trap him and he got sick. WK

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Velvet Underground released their debut album: March 12, 1967

Originally posted 3/12/12. Updated 3/12/17.

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Release date: 12 March 1967
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) Sunday Morning / I’m Waiting for the Man / Femme Fatale / Venus in Furs (3/12/94, #71 UK) / Run, Run, Run / All Tomorrow’s Parties / Heroin / There She Goes Again / I’ll Be Your Mirror / The Black Angel’s Death Song / European Son

Sales (in millions): 0.3 US, -- UK, 0.3 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 171 US, 59 UK


Review: While it took ten years for VU’s debut to crack six figures, AMG there’s a classic line from producer Brian Eno that “everyone who bought one…started a band.” JD This is “chapter one of alternative rock” BL and made VU “the poster children of the avant-garde;” TL they “proved that rock, too, can be art.” RV “Glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set.” AMG
Singer/songwriter Lou “Reed portrayed edgy characters and exotic scenes that many in the ‘straight’ world and even enlightened hippies had never experienced.” JD He “visited a drug dealer in Harlem” JD on I’m Waiting for the Man and, in Heroin, “gives the listener a musical experience comparable to the rush a junky feels” RV In Venus in Furs, Reed “peered into the inner sanctum of a sado-masochistic couple.” JD
“Although they weren’t particularly adept at their instruments,” NO they “created some of the most innovative sounds anyone had ever heard.” NO John Cale “introduced the rock world to feedback through his shrieking” TL electric viola. “Percussionist Maureen Tucker and guitarist Sterling Morrison make additional noteworthy contributions.” NRR Model-turned-actress Nico “hardly sounds like a typical rock vocalist” AMG lending her “otherworldly vocals” NRR to Femme Fatale and I’ll Be Your Mirror, “but she was very effective in getting emotions across.” AD
Although pop artist Andy Warhol was credited as producer, the real work done by Tom Wilson. However, Warhol’s “notoriety allowed The Velvet Underground to record…without compromise.” AMG “Few rock albums are as important…and fewer still have lost so little of their power to surprise and intrigue.” AMG

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3/8/1968: The Fillmore East opened

Posted 3/8/2017.

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The Fillmore East opened its doors on March 8, 1968. The space on Second Avenue near East 6th Street in the Manhattan borough of New York City, was built in 1925 as the Commodore Theatre, a showcase for vaudeville and film, which seated 2830. BB It later became the Loews Commodore movie theater and then the Village Theatre before legendary concert promoter Bill Graham took over in 1968 and launched it as a companion to his Fillmore Auditorium and its successor, the Fillmore West in San Francisco. WK

The venue, which became known as “The Church of Rock and Roll,” hosted two-show, triple-bill concerts several nights a week. WK Graham was all about the fan experience, printing “ornate, hand-rendered posters…to announce gigs;” commissioning the Joshua Light Show to provide “lavish psychedelic visuals;” and equipping the venue with a “35,000-watt, 26 speaker sound system custom designed by Bill Hanley.” RS

The Allman Brothers Band “Whipping Post” – live at the Fillmore East

Janis Joplin, performed the first show with her band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Led Zeppelin played in early 1969 as an opening act for Iron Butterfly. The Allman Brothers Band, whose legendary At Fillmore East was recorded at the venue, performed there so often some christened them Bill Graham’s house band. Jimi Hendrix’s New Year’s Day 1970 performance was released as Band of Gypsys and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 4 Way Street album was also a Fillmore concert event. Other acts to perform there included the Band, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker, Derek and the Dominos, Fats Domino, the Doors, the Grateful Dead (43 shows), Jefferson Airplane, Elton John, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, the Kinks, Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, the Who, and Frank Zappa with the Mothers of Invention.

“After arguably the most influential three years in the history of rock n roll,” BB hosted its last show – an event headlined by none other than the Allman Brothers Band – on June 27, 1971. Graham had tired of competing with bigger venues like Madison Square Garden and the “borderline cost-prohibitive” asking prices for acts he did book. RS While its time was short lived, the Fillmore East “left proverbial footprints large enough to rival those of Radio City and the Beacon.” BB As Rolling Stone said, “few venues in rock history can match the hallowed legacy of the Fillmore East.” RS



Carole Bayer Sager: Top 40 Songs

First posted 12/15/2019.

Songwriter Carole Bayer was born 70 years ago on this day in 3/8/1947 in Brooklyn, NY. She was married to record-producer Andrew Sager from 1970 to 1978 and has also been romantically linked to songwriters Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach (married 1985 to 1991). She won an Academy Award (“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross) and Grammy Award (“That’s What Friends Are For,” Dionne & Friends). For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.

Top 40 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. In the event of songs which have been recorded more than once, only the top-ranked song is included in the list. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts have been noted: Billboard Hot 100 pop charts (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard R&B chart (RB), Billboard country chart (CW), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop chart (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. That's What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder, 1985) #1 US, AC, RB, CN, AU

DMDB Top 5%:

2. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Christopher Cross, 1981) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, AC
3. A Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins, 1988) #1 US, CB, RR, AC, UK, CN
4. On My Own (Patti LaBelle with Michael McDonald, 1986) #1 US, CB, RR, RB, CN
5. Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon, 1977) #1 RR, AC
6. When I Need You (Leo Sayer, 1977) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, AC, UK, CN
7. A Groovy Kind of Love (The Mindbenders, 1966) #1 CB, HR

DMDB Top 10%:

8. Heartlight (Neil Diamond, 1982) #1 AC
9. Don’t Cry Out Loud (Melissa Manchester, 1978)

DMDB Top 20%:

10. It’s My Turn (Diana Ross, 1980)
11. Love Power (Dionne Warwick with Jeffrey Osborne, 1987) #1 AC

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

12. Midnight Blue (Melissa Manchester, 1975) #1 AC
13. You’re Moving Out Today (Carole Bayer Sager, 1977) #1 AU
14. You’re the Only One (Dolly Parton, 1979) #1 CW
15. Making Love (Roberta Flack, 1982)
16. Heartbeaker (Dolly Parton, 1978) #1 CW
17. Try It on My Own (Whitney Houston, 2002)
18. You’re Moving Out Today (Bette Midler, 1977)
19. Fly Away (Peter Allen, 1981)
20. Ever Changing Times (Aretha Franklin with Michael McDonald, 1991)

21. Looking Through Your Eyes (LeAnn Rimes, 1998)
22. I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love (Rita Coolidge, 1979)
23. On the Way to the Sky (Neil Diamond, 1981)
24. Front Page Story (Neil Diamond, 1982)
25. Turn Around (Neil Diamond, 1984)
26. Through the Eyes of Love (Melissa Manchester, 1979)
27. The Prayer (Andrea Bocelli with Celine Dion, 1998)
28. Break It to Me Gently (Aretha Franklin, 1977)
29. Some Changes Are for Good (Dionne Warwick, 1981)
30. Over You (Natalie Cole with Ray Parker, Jr.; 1988)

31. Love Always (El DeBarge, 1986)
32. A Chance for Heaven (Christopher Cross, 1984)
33. Stronger Than Before (Carole Bayer Sager, 1981)
34. Finder of Lost Loves (Dionne Warwick with Glenn Jones, 1985)
35. Take Good Care of You and Me (Dionne Warwick with Jeffrey Osborne, 1989)
36. That’s What Friends Are For (Rod Stewart, 1982)
37. I Never Loved You Anyway (The Corrs, 1997)
38. Night Shift (Quarterflash, 1991)
39. Someone Else’s Eyes (Aretha Franklin, 1991)
40. It’s the Falling in Love (Michael Jackson with Patti Austin, 1979)