In today’s installment of Deep Dive, we’re taking a look – and a listen – to Bread’s fifth studio album, an effort which earned the band three top-20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Unlike the band’s previous album, however, it didn’t include any top-10 singles, which has caused it to slip slightly into obscurity over the years. We’re here to try and change that.
48 years ago today, The Band played their first live show on their own, as opposed to being someone else’s back-up group, but given the way Robbie Robertson was feeling, it was nothing short of miraculous that they played that night at all.
After making a name for themselves and their musicianship by playing with Bob Dylan, the members of The Band – Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and the aforementioned Mr. Robertson – decided to make a go for it on their own. Given their past credits, it was big news when they made this decision, which is why Ralph J. Gleason, rock critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, made such a buzz about it his column.
41 years ago this month, Gary Wright released the second single from his 1976 album THE DREAM WEAVER, a song which hasn’t gotten nearly as much love from radio as the album’s title track. Maybe that’s because of all the exposure that “Dream Weaver” got from its usage in Wayne’s World, maybe it’s not, but it seems pretty uncool either way, especially when you consider that both songs actually hit the same spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
35 years ago today, Van Halen released their fifth studio album, an LP which provided them with the highest chart placement of their career up to that point and required the least amount of songwriting on their part.
When DIVER DOWN hit record store shelves in 1982, one thing was very obvious about its contents just from looking at the track listing: it was filled with cover songs, including The Kinks’ “Where Have All The Good Times Gone,” Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman,” and Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street,” along with a take on “Bad Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” and, to close things out, a Van Halen version of “Happy Trails,” best known as the farewell tune for Roy Rogers and Dave Evans.
Glorious, gifted, groovy…it’s the one & only letter ‘G’!
Today marks the Billboard Hot 100 debut of the most successful US single of Howard Jones’s career.
Written by Jones and co-produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham, “No One Is To Blame” was originally released on Jones’s second studio album, DREAM INTO ACTION, but it took the aforementioned pair of gentleman to turn it into a hit single. The original track to the song was re-recorded to make it more radio-friendly, with Collins adding backing vocals as well as drum work, and if you haven’t heard the original version in awhile, you might want to check it out, because the differences are definitely notable.