August 18 – Brazil, Four Tops, Hendrix at Woodstock, Siouxsie & Banshees

1939


Carmen Miranda
and Ary Barroso

Radames Gnattali becomes the first to record Ary Barroso song Aquarela do Brasil (*), more commonly known as Brazil.
 
It’s first recorded in the US by pianist and bandleader Eddy Duchin on 4 September 1941.
 
It becomes famous as part of the soundtrack of 1942 Walt Disney animated film Saludos Amigos . It is also the theme for the 1985 Terry Gilliam film Brazil.

1966

Motown enjoys one of its finest hours, releasing Detroit-native soul group Four Tops signature song and hit Reach Out I’ll Be There. (US,UK#1)
 
Backed up by the playing of The Funk Brothers, written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, the song is often ranked one of the most important by critics (*) (by Dave Marsh). Half-sung, half-shouted vocals by lead singer (and Jackie Wilson cousin) Levi Stubbs and a driving rhythm make it a compelling experience.
 
The Tops remained together from 1953 to 1997 putting 24 singles into the US top-40, 21 in the UK. In 1990 Stevie Wonder inducts them into the Rock HOF, along with Holland-Dozier-Holland. Abdul “Duke” Fakir is the only surviving member.
 
Baby I Need  Walk Away Renee  I Can’t Help Myself 
 ( Four Tops site  ( Holland-Dozier site ▷Vocal Group HOF bio ▹

1969

The Woodstock music festival continues for an extra day. The last performance, by Jimi Hendrix at 9 a.m. right after Sha Na Na, is the most famous of his life.

Most-remembered is Hendrix’s Monday-morning interpretation of the Star-Spangled Banner.

It’s a famous performance worthy of one of the most extraordinary guitarists who ever lived. (*) (*) (*)

Star Spangled Banner  Purple Haze  Live at  Izabella 

( Website ) ( JH Details )

$1 million in ticket money, $2.4 million in expenses … but WHAT A PARTY.

1978
Brit punk/rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees release debut single Hong Kong Garden, which climbs to UK#7.
 
Debut album The Scream is released on Nov. 13; by 1995 the band has released 11 albums, 9 of them in the UK top-20. Some are considered gothic rock works. After 1996 lead singer Siouxsie Sioux and drummer Budgie continue to record as The Creatures. Severin interview  Punk, early years (1978, 56m)