On this day in music history: March 25, 1970 - “Band Of Gypsys” by Jimi Hendrix & The Band Of Gypsys is released (UK release date is on June 12, 1970). Produced by Heaven Research (aka Hendrix), it is recorded live at the Fillmore East in New York City on December 31, 1969 - January 1, 1970. It features Hendrix with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles performing as The Band Of Gypsys, formed in the wake of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s dissolution. The legendary live set features mostly new material and is originally released through Capitol Records to fulfill an old contractual obligation. However, the band is short lived, breaking up after a gig at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 1970 that goes awry with Hendrix leaving the stage after playing only two songs. An expanded two CD version of the album is released in 1999 along with a documentary film titled “Band of Gypsys: Live at the Fillmore East” featuring the original black and white video footage shot by a fan in the audience. “Band Of Gypsys” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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On this day in music history: March 25, 1968 - The fifty-eighth and final episode of “The Monkees” TV series airs on the NBC television network. Titled “Mijacogeo - The Frodis Caper”, the episode is co-written and directed by Micky Dolenz. The plot involves the band matching wits against the insane wizard Glick (played by comedic actor Rip Taylor), who is out to control the minds of television viewers throughout the world. The episode also features a cameo by folk musician Tim Buckley (father of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley) at the end of the program. The show features the song “Zor And Zam” from the “Birds The Bees & The Monkees” album. Growing dissent between The Monkees and Screen Gems over creative control, combined with declining ratings lead NBC to pull the plug on the series in spite of it having won two Emmy Awards the previous year including Outstanding Comedy Series.
On this day in music history: March 25, 1963 - “Surfin’ USA”, the second album by The Beach Boys is released. Produced by Nick Venet, it is recorded at the Capitol Tower and Western Recorders in Hollywood, CA from June 13, 1962, January 5 - February 12, 1963. Issued as the follow up to their debut “Surfin’ Surfari”, it demonstrates Brian Wilson becoming a considerable force creatively as he writes or co-writes eight of the albums twelve songs. He is also responsible for most of the actual production on the album, though the credit is given to the band’s A&R man Nick Venet. It spin off two singles including “Shut Down” (#23 Pop) and the title track (#3 Pop). The title track is the subject of a lawsuit between Brian Wilson’s publisher Sea Of Tunes and Arc Music, the publisher of Chuck Berry’s song “Sweet Little Sixteen”. The suit claims that The Beach Boys song plagiarizes Berry’s song almost note for note. The matter is settled with Berry receiving a writing credit and royalties for the song. “Surfin’ USA” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by RIAA.
On this day in music history: March 24, 1990 - “All Around The World” by Lisa Stansfield hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on March 17, 1990, and peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on April 7, 1990. Written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, it is the first chart topping single for the singer and songwriter from Manchester, UK. Raised on R&B icons like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, and steady musical diet of Motown and other soul music since childhood, Lisa Stansfield grows up aspiring to be like her musical mentors. In 1981, Stansfield lands a job as a presenter on the UK children’s television show “Razzmatazz”. During this time, she releases four singles Devil/Polydor Records, none of which are successful. While performing in a high school musical, Lisa meets musicians Ian Devaney and Andy Morris. The trio form the group Blue Zone, with Stansfield and Devaney also becoming romantically involved. In 1988, they release their self titled debut album on Arista Records that fails to attract any attention after placing two singles on the lower rungs of the UK charts. Things turn around for Lisa when the duo Coldcut ask her to sing on their song “People Hold On”. Released on Big Life Records in the UK and picked by Tommy Boy in the US, the single cracks the UK top 20 and top ten on the US Club Play chart. Arista signs Lisa to a solo deal, and gives the green light for her to a do full album. The idea for “All Around The World” comes while Lisa, Ian and Andy are sitting around the piano, with the chord changes and lyrics coming together quickly. The track including Stansfield’s lead vocals are recorded in a makeshift studio built behind her parents house. She actually performs her vocal in the bathroom, recording it on an old eight track multi-track tape machine. When they find that the original bathroom demo can’t be improved upon, it is transferred to a twenty-four track tape with strings and other overdubs added. Released in the UK on October 16, 1989, it is an immediate smash, racing to number one for a two week stay on November 11, 1989. Arista in the US releases “All Around The World” on January 15, 1990, and it repeats its overseas success, topping the R&B and Club Play charts as well as hitting the top five on the pop charts. The single receives a pair of Grammy nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist in 1991. With the song being inspired in part by one of her idols, R&B legend Barry White, Lisa re-records the song with White, with that version appearing on White’s career retrospective box set “Just For You” in 1992. The accompanying album “Affection” is a major success also with the follow up singles “You Can’t Deny It” (#1 R&B, #14 Pop) and “This Is The Right Time” (#13 R&B, #21 Pop) also performing well. “All Around The World” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.