June 27 – Somebody’s Fool, Peter&Gordon, Freak Out!, Iron Man

1960

US singer Connie Francis has her first US#1 (UK#5, DE#1, NO#1) hit with Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.

It’s the the best-selling single of 1960 in West Germany. Notwithstanding, country songs with organ intros will remain rare.

1964

British pop duo Peter and Gordon have a US#1 hit with the song A World Without Love.

It’s written by Bernard Webb (really!) while he’s dating Peter’s sister. (*) Note that a mysterious organ solo middle materializes at all ‘WWL’ appearances. ▷The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away▹

The hard-working duo manage to sell 11 albums in three years before disappearing in a TARDIS in 1967.
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1966

Release of Freak Out!, the debut album of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Hungry Freaks, Daddy

One of the first concept albums, it’s also one of rock’s earliest double albums.

Since I didn’t have any kind of formal training, it didn’t make any difference to me if I was listening to Lightnin’ Slim, or a vocal group called the Jewels … , or Webern, or Varèse, or Stravinsky. To me it was all good music. — Frank Zappa
▷Zappa on Varèse▹
Zappa would spend much of his career developing and exploring ideas — both musical and conceptual — first put forth here … Freak Out! contains at least the rudiments of almost everything that followed, and few of Zappa’s records can match its excitement over its own sense of possibility.
— ▷allmusic▹

At first, the album is poorly received in the US, but welcomed in Europe. In 1999 it wins a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2006 The MOFO Project/Object commemorates it with a 4-CD ‘making of’ release.

 ( Zappa site Varese:Poem Electronique   ( St. Alphonzo’s Pancake fansite ▷FZ discography▹ ▷FZ’s musical language▹

 ~ Frank Zappa 

1989

Pete Townshend of The Who releases rock album The Iron Man: A Musical, Dig  which begat the 1999 animation The Iron Giant … both based on the 1968 novel by Ted Hughes.

Too thoughty

You might think it all began with 1970’s Black Sabbath song : nuh-uh. The name ‘Iron man’ has been used repeatedly in music, film and books. Early on, a (lost) 1924 serial runs 15 episodes.

The 1931 Iron Man film is about a prizefighter. Later on, the 1994 animated TV series lasts 2 years.

In 2008, a film and videogame based on the Marvel character are released. Not to mention 2007’s The Invincible Iron Man (a segment of a 1960s TV series)