August 3 – Inez and Charlie Foxx, Performance/Nitzsche, Purple Rain

1963

Inez and Charlie Foxx novelty soul/ska single Mockingbird makes the charts on its way to US#7 (UK#34) on Sep. 7.

The brother/sister duo from Greensboro, North Carolina wrote the song, originally released on Juggy Murray‘s Sue Records subsidiary Symbol Records. (*)

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird.
If the mocking bird won’t sing,
Papa’s going to buy you a diamond ring.

Mockingbird is soon covered by a range of name artists, including Martha and the Vandellas (1963), Dusty Springfield (1964) and Aretha Franklin (1965). A Jan. 1974 release by Carly Simon and James Taylor makes US#5 (CA#3,NZ#6,UK#34).(*)

Chris Blackwell releases the single in the UK on the Island label but it doesn’t hit until re-release in 1969 (UK#33). In 1966 the duo moves on to Musicor Records‘ R&B subsidiary, ▷Dynamo ▹ which releases Luther Dixon-produced 1967 album Come By Here.

▷Murray bio ▹ ▷Musicor Records ▹

See also: The Loco-Motion (1962), Northern Soul, List of 1960s US one-hit wonders

1970

Jagger and Pallenberg

US release of famed countercultural film Performance. (*)

Mick Jagger is fading rock star Turner Purple in what co-director Donald Cammell (*) describes as ‘a poetic treatise on violence’. Co-direction by Nicolas Roeg.

The soundtrack includes original music by the troubled, prolific arranger, composer Jack Nitzsche(*). Trained by Phil Spector, Nitzsche was keyboardist on many Stones and Neil Young albums and would compose filmscores for several very popular films of the 70s and 80s. His music for Performance includes several singles… and a Moog III. Among the artists are Randy Newman, Buffy and The Last Poets, as well as Ry Cooder‘s highly-regarded guitar work on Jagger single Memo from Turner.

The 1968 movie catches Warner so by surprise that it takes 2 years for a chopped, censored version to be released (there are 4 versions!) and 37 years to appear on DVD. Cammell’s last film is 1995’s Wild Side. Outtake (4m) Making of (10m)

( Nitzsche fansite )

1983

The first performance of his song Purple Rain by artist Prince takes place at First Ave. in Minneapolis, MN. (*) ▷Songfacts▹

Released Sep. 26, the single is a major hit (US#2,NL#1,UK#8). The studio album, his sixth (released June 25, 1984), is an international hit, tops the UScharts for 24 weeks and sells 13M copies in the US alone. In 2003 Rolling Stone scores the song #143 of its 500 Greatest Songs.

Over the years the club (seen in 1984 film Purple Rain) will introduce many to-be-well-known Twin Cities acts, like The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Semisonic, and The Jayhawks.

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