Friday, July 13, 2007

Little know moments in music

"What is your favorite little-known or inauspicious musical moment?"

Dave B. -- Didn't Bono get his "stage" from an optometrist store in Dublin?

Mike D. -- In 1971, Linda Ronstadt's then-manager, John Boylan, extracted Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner from their previous affiliations. They were short a drummer until Frey phoned Don Henley, whom he had met at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The band backed up Ronstadt on a two-month tour then decided to form their own band. The new group chose the name "Eagles" as a nod to The Byrds (Leadon had been in The Flying Burrito Brothers with former Byrds bassist Chris Hillman). Written by Roger Nichols (music) and Paul Williams (lyrics) as a jingle for Crocker Citizens Bank in 1970, "We've Only Just Begun" caught the attention of The Carpenters' Richard Carpenter. He and sister Karen recorded it for the LP "Close to You." The song crested at #2 on the U.S. Top 40, becoming the pair's second gold single and one of their signature songs. On the Adult Contemporary singles chart, it was the duo's best-performing tune, lasting seven weeks at No. 1. The song won the 1970 Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song.
Erik H. -- There are too many to mention. However, here is one nugget in LITTLE KNOWN MUSIC HISTORY, courtesy of George Gimarc's "Punk Diary":
July 4, 1973... Young London hooligans STEVE JONES and PAUL COOK help feed their musical ambitions by stealing musical gear belonging to DAVID BOWIE. Bowie had played two nights at the Hammersmith Odeon. Jones and Cook slipped into the hall while crew were disassembling the gear and made off with expensive microphones and PA equipment.
Practicing on the stolen gear, Jones and Cook were preparing to form the musical backbone of the SEX PISTOLS.


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