Mr. Pop History -
Back in April of 1976, four members of the Jackson 5 sued Motown records, seeking a Superior Court judgment granting termination of any contractual responsibilities to the label and an accounting on alleged royalties due them.
The four were Tariano, Sigmund, Esco, Marlon and Michael Jackson. The suit asked the court to order Motown to allow their accountants to audit Motown books covering royalty statements from 1972 to the present (1976).
Mr. Pop History – They were one of the hottest pop/rock bands of 1969, 1970 and into 1971. They sold singles and albums by the millions – and, from the small Fantasy Record label.
Creedence – well, he was a real person. Credence Nuball. Band members also thought – adding an extra “e” gave them – well, creedence. Like creed. Credence Nuball was a friend of a friend of Tom Fogerty.
Clearwater – originally came from ads from beer maker Olympia – made from cool, clear water. THey liked its clean environmental sensibility.
Revival came from their musical values – values they carried from their beginning. Afterall – it took the band some eight years to “make it.”
So many know this classic from a 1965 Righteous Brothers hit. Actually, it was the late Bobby Hatfield singing on that one. But, it was actually the fifth version of the song.
It was in fact, an “Unchained” melody. The original came from an unknown movie called, “Unchained” back in 1955 – a prison movie. That movie – a “B” movie, had no stars to speak of, was about the plight of California minimum security prisoners.
Song was written by Alex North and that first version was sung for the movie by Todd Duncan.
Who?? Bummer – that version never became a hit. But other versions hit the charts. Quickly.
Les Baxter took an orchestral version to the top of the charts the same year. Around the same time, vocalist Al Hibbler had his version hit the top-5. And, yet another vocal version by Roy Hamilton hit the top-10 nationally. WOW. That was all in 1955. Wait a minute, another version by June Valli hit the charts a few months later. Then came the infamous 1965 version.
So many music fans know the song from the 1990 film, “Ghost.” It’s a classic! And, this brings up a great subject: major hit songs that came from “nothing” movies.
Gary West – www.mrpopculture.com
Mr. Pop History – That hip music you hear a lot on sports-TV and stadiums – that was a trend from the 1990′s when songs such as “Rock And Roll Part 2″ by Gary Glitter became hip and fashionable.
But – it seems the same music is being played everywhere, so – add this to your rotation.
Here’s another one you can put on that list. No one has it. It’s Mr pop guaranteed to get them up and dancing between innings or between kick-offs at live stadium sporting events.
The Mr. Pop Culture Sport Stadium Tune… Sports Music – wwwmrpopculturecom
Mr. Pop Culture -
It’s amazing and a fact. Motown was probably the greatest hitmaker of the 1960′s with artists such as the Supremes, Diana Ross, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas.
They sold millions of 45 singles – but not one certified gold record (a million in sales). How is that?
Not even their biggest single of all time, 1968′s “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.
The answer is Berry Gordy. From the beginning, he set a very strict policy about who had access to Motown’s books and that included the Recording Industry Association of America – the folks who award gold and platinum recordings.
They began showing the books around 1977. And, that’s when you begin to find certification – but it was a long way from Motown’s hitmaking machine of the 1960′s and into the 1970′s.
It’s a great story – and one of the fascinating pop culture music history moments.