On this day in music history: January 11, 1971 - “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones is released. Written by Paul Anka, it is the twenty fifth single and biggest hit for the legendary pop and blue eyed soul vocalist from Pontypridd, Wales. Still riding high on a string of hits since making his breakthrough with debut smash “It’s Not Unusual”, helping net him a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, as well as hosting a hit music variety series baring his name, Tom Jones has the biggest hit of his career in 1971. “She’s A Lady” is written and originally recorded by Canadian born singer and songwriter Paul Anka in 1969. Before recording it, “Lady” originally was been written with more risque lyrics that are revised by Anka before he records it. The song is released on his album “70’s” in 1970, though it is not released as a single. Jones covers “She’s A Lady” for his eighteenth album, recording it at Wessex Sound Studios in London in the Fall of 1970. The title track from “Tom Jones Sings She’s A Lady”, it is an immediate smash. Jones’ version is also backed with his version of “My Way” (also co-written by Anka) on the B-side of the original 45 release. Entering the Hot 100 at #60 on February 6, 1971, it peaks at #2 on March 20, 1971, hanging in the runner up spot for two weeks when it is unable move Janis Joplin’s posthumous chart topper “Me And Bobby McGee” from the top spot. Over the years, Tom Jones’ version of “She’s A Lady” is featured in numerous films “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas”, “Bend It Like Beckham”, “Bound” and “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”. The latter film regenerates enough interest that the track is remixed by veteran club DJ Junior Vasquez and becomes a hit in dance clubs. “She’s A Lady” is certified Gold in US by the RIAA.
Yo Gang. @v9self requested a Spotify Playlist of the songs I usually listen to, and such. Thought it was a pretty neat idea, so I’ve made a playlist for the Groove Gang in case that’s something anyone else would be interested in. Below’s the info to find it:
Go check it out if you want! Jam to some awesome music with me.
On this day in music history: July 25, 1989 - “Paul’s Boutique”, the second album by the Beastie Boys is released. Produced by the Beastie Boys, The Dust Brothers, and Mario Caldato, Jr., it is recorded at Mario C’s, The Opium Den in Los Angeles, CA, and The Record Plant in New York City from Mid 1988 - Early 1989. After the huge multi-platinum success of their debut album “Licensed To Ill”, the Beasties have a falling out with their label Def Jam Records over royalty payments and creative control, leading them to the leave the label in 1988. Quickly signed by Capitol Records, the band relocate to California to begin work on their second album at the home studio of Delicious Vinyl Records co-founder Matt Dike. The Beasties collaborate with The Dust Brothers on the project, constructing the tracks from dense layers of samples from R&B, funk, rock records, and numerous other musical genres. The completed results differ greatly from the Beastie Boys first album, and initially is looked upon as a commercial disappointment (in spite of positive reviews) when it initially sells just over 700,000 copies (compared to the four million plus sales of “Licensed To Ill” at the time). However, the album grows in stature during the 90’s, with fan websites appearing on the internet discussing the album’s intricate sampling as well as identifying the samples featured within. In time, it comes to be regarded as one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. The albums cover photo features a wide panoramic shot of Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. The original vinyl LP is released with two variations of the cover art. The first being a regular gatefold LP jacket, and the second being a limited edition version with a eight panel foldout featuring the complete photographic image on the outside and inside of the jacket. “Paul’s Boutique” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, number twenty four on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.