45 years ago today, Pink Floyd’s soundtrack album MORE was released.
This is Pink Floyd’s first full album without founding member Syd Barrett, who was ousted from the group in early 1968 during the recording of their previous album, A Saucerful of Secrets. It is one of the two Pink Floyd albums to feature David Gilmour as the sole lead vocalist, the other being 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and it is also the first album to be produced by Pink Floyd without assistance from Norman Smith. It was recorded at Pye Studios, Marble Arch, London and engineered by Brian Humphries.
On this day in music history: January 23, 1965 - “Downtown” by Petula Clark hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written and produced by Tony Hatch, it is the biggest hit for the British pop singer and actress from Epsom, Surrey, UK. The song is inspired by a trip that Hatch takes to New York in 1964. Originally intended for The Drifters, Hatch plays the still unfinished song for Petula Clark who immediately expresses interest in it. It is recorded at Pye Studios in London on October 16, 1964 and released a few weeks later in early November. The single is an instant smash, first climbing to #2 on the UK singles chart in December (held off the top by The Beatles “I Feel Fine”), then quickly taking hold on the US charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on December 19, 1964, it will streak to the top of the chart five weeks later. The single wins Petula Clark the Grammy Award for Best Rock & Roll Recording in 1965. Clark re-records the song in German, French, and Italian during its initial run on the charts. She later records it again in 1976 (as a disco version), in 1984 and once again in 1988, with remixes of the original 1964 recording done in 1988, 1999, and 2003. Petula Clark’s original recording of “Downtown” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2004.