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On this day in music history: July 28, 1992 - “What’s The 411?”, the debut album by Mary J. Blige is released. Produced by Mark Morales, Mark C. Rooney, Dave “Jam” Hall, Devante Swing, and Tony Dofat, it is recorded at Chung King House Of Metal, The Hit Factory, Marathon Studios in New York City, and Soul Convention Studios in Rosedale, Queens, NY from Early 1991 - Spring 1992. The first album by the Yonkers, NY based R&B vocalist will quickly establish her reputation and sound. Working closely with then Uptown Records A&R executive Sean “Puffy” Combs and numerous producers, they will pair Blige’s soulful vocals with Hip Hop sample based tracks and R&B which will earn her the title “The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul”. The album will spin off six hit singles including the R&B chart toppers “You Remind Me” and “Real Love”. It’s success will be such that it will even spin off a sequel album featuring remixes of various tracks, with the original being regarded as one of the best R&B albums of the 90’s. “What’s The 411?” will spend seven weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number six on the Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Summer is more than halfway over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy these last few weeks, right? If you’re looking to make the most out of this time, be sure to let Clubhouse’s delightfully summer-y To The Ocean soundtrack your adventures.

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On this day in music history: July 29, 1980 - “Voices”, the ninth album by Daryl Hall & John Oates is released. Produced by Daryl Hall and John Oates, it is recorded at The Hit Factory and Electric Lady Studios in New York City from April - May, September - November 1979. Following the release of three critically acclaimed, but poor selling albums (“Beauty On A Back Street”, “Along The Red Ledge”, and “X-Static”), the duo will rebound with what will become their biggest selling release to date. Taking the production reigns of their records for the first time in their career, Hall & Oates will successfully bridge the gap between the more musically eclectic aspects of their music by combining it with a more streamlined and radio friendly pop sound. The album will spin off four singles including “You Make My Dreams” (#5 Pop), “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (#12 Pop) and "Kiss On My List” (#1 Pop). The success of “Voices” will set the duo on the path to scoring a total of five #1 singles and twenty top 40 hits during the 80’s. That achievement will make them the most successful pop music duo in history. “Voices” will peak at number seventeen 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: July 29, 1967 - “Light My Fire” by The Doors hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison, it is the biggest hit for the L.A. based rock band. Composed mainly by guitarist Robby Krieger, it will be credited to the entire band when he brings the unfinished song into the studio (in August of 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA), for the other band members to expand upon. The nearly seven minute long track is edited down to under three minutes for single release when it receives heavy airplay as an LP cut. The edited mono single version will also present the song at its originally recorded speed. The more commonly heard stereo LP version was mixed at a slightly slower speed due to an error made during the mixing process. Released as the second single from the bands’ self-titled debut album, it will quickly become a radio staple. Entering the Hot 100 at #93 on June 3, 1967, it will reach the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Light My Fire” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.