Now hear this!

By: sonofabeach96

Feb 10 2016

Category: Uncategorized


There were quite a few notable entries in the world of music from this date.  Be it entry into the charts, new recordings, or changes in persona, this day in music was active.

On this date, in 1967, the Beatles recorded “A Day In The Life”.


The song was recorded at EMI Studios in London, with Lennon and McCartney recording their parts separately.  It became the final song on Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.    It was ranked no. 28 on Rolling Stones‘ 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time list.  In various books and interviews, it’s been hailed as one of the best ever. In the book From Craft to Art: Formal Structure in the Music of The Beatles, it was called “…one of the most important single tracks in rock history.”  Richard Goldstein of The New York Times called it “an historic pop event”.  And in his book RockinDown The Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll, Paul Grushkin described the song as “… one of the most ambitious, influential, and groundbreaking works in pop music history.”

On this date, in 1968, Dance To The Music  by Sly and The Family Stone entered the pop charts.


The album would become influential in the popularity of psychedelic soul, helping lay the groundwork for future funk.  The song by the same name would become a top-10 hit.

On this date, in 1971, Carole Kings’ seminal album Tapestry was released.

imageIt was her second album, and would become one of the best-selling records of all-time with over 25 million copies sold.  The lead single for the album of “It’s Too Late”/”I feel The Earth Move” spent 5 weeks at no. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts.  Rolling Stone ranked the album no. 36 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time list.

On this date, in 1972, Ziggy Stardust made his first appearance in concert at  the Toby Jug pub in London.image

It was wildly popular and launched Bowie into stardom and tours of the UK and US as his alter ego commenced.  Bowie said it became hard to separate himself from his new persona, stating, “Ziggy wouldn’t leave me alone for years.  That was when it all started to go sour…My whole personality was affected.  It became very dangerous.  I really did have doubts about my sanity.”  He toured and interviewed as Ziggy for about a year and a half before suddenly retiring the alter-ego on stage in July of ’73.

On this date, in 1973, Steely Dan’s album Can’t Buy A Thrill entered the charts.


This was their debut album and, in spite of a lack of critical acclaim, it peaked at no. 17 on the charts and was certified platinum in 1993.

On this date, in 1978, Van Halen released their debut album by the same name.


The album peaked at no. 19 on the charts and was certified diamond in 1999.  It wasn’t critically acclaimed initially, but it’s now regarded as one of the best debut albums in rock history.

On this date, in 1979, the re-release of Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing” hit the charts.


The song was originally released as a demo in 1977.  It gained some radio play and studio execs liked it.  This lead to a record deal for the band, and eventual stardom.  The song was re-recorded in 1978 and re-released in 1979.

And finally, on this date, in 1979, Rod Stewarts’ “Da’ ‘Ya Think Im Sexy?” hit no. 1 on the charts.


The song is from his Blondes Have More Fun album.  It spent 4 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was ranked no. 4 on the year-end Top Singles chart.  One noteworthy tidbit about this song is that all royalties from sales was donated to UNICEF.

With all of that in mind, my songs of the day are:

“Dance To The Music” by Sly and The Family Stone

“Higher” by Sly and The Family Stone

“A Day In The Life” by The Beatles

“Reelin’ In The Years” by Steely Dan

“It’s Too Late” by Carole King

“Dirty Work” by Steely Dan

“I Feel The Earth Move” by Carole King

“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” by Van Halen

“Sultan’s of Swing” by Dire Straits

“Da’ Ya’ Think Im Sexy” by Rod Stewart


12 comments on “Now hear this!”

  1. Love me some Rod Stewart! ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I’m showing my age here, but I used to love all this music!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Loved the choices for today! Including Steely Dan is a great touch. Loved Steely Dan…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I’m sure it’s just coincidental that your featured image incorporates like 3 of your most recent photo challenge colors. Gold, fuchsia, and rust….

    Liked by 1 person

    • I didn’t really think about it, but your right. This one I use as a generic marker for “me” when I don’t really have a specific image related to the post, if that makes sense. But yeah, you’re right. Purely coincidental.


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