August 19 – WINS, Arlo Guthrie, Bitches Brew, Popcorn

1955
New York’s WINS radio — one of the first stations to play rock and roll music — announces it will not play white ‘cover’ versions of black R&B music … only Fats Domino, not Pat Boone.At the time this is an extraordinary sensibility. Its DJs during the era include Alan Freed (Sep. 7, 1954 — May 8, 1958) and his replacement, “Murray the K” Kaufman.
 ( Freed site ▷Rockabilly HoF Freed bio▹

1969

Release of the film version of Arlo Guthrie‘s Alice’s Restaurant story, a few days after Guthrie performed at Woodstock. Trailer 

In 1967 easy-going Guthrie (son of famed folksinger Woody Guthrie) had a US#17 counterculture hit with his 18-minute classic. Popular while the Vietnam War is escalating, it and the film are about a hippie who commits a minor crime. On Thanksgiving. Full 23m song 

Oh, and uh … welcome to the Group W bench .

 ( Arlo’s site

1969

US jazz trumpeter Miles Davis records jazz-rock fusion(*) double studio album Bitches Brew. (*)

Electric Miles‘, released in early 1970, it’s a double-LP with seven tracks including electronic instruments, some assembled using multitracking and tape loops. The fastest selling album in jazz history, it reaches US#35 — becoming Davis’ first gold album. (In 1971 it’s awarded a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.) Title track (27m) 

Meanwhile it’s ignored in the jazz charts. What did top the 1970 jazz charts was live album Miles Davis at Fillmore East, (*) another double LP — with one track on each side — released in December.

Landing a studio album in the jazz charts took until 1981, when The Man With The Horn is jazz #1 — Davis’ next 4 albums landing in the jazz top-five.

 ( Website ▷Guardian:His wardrobe, his wit▹ Live at Montreux, 1969 (28m) 

1972

NYC keyboardist Stan Free‘s instrumental cover band Hot Butter charts with synthpop instrumental Popcorn.

It will reach US#9 and chart internationally. The tune was written and originally recorded in 1969 by Gershon Kingsley (founder of the First Moog Quartet); it appears on his album Music To Moog By. Kingsley 2007  ▷MANY MANY Popcorn covers exist!!▹

In 1966, Perrey and Kingsley (a teamup with French EM pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey) (*) and Vanguard Records release The In Sound from Way Out!, considered the first-ever mainstream electronic music album. They followup in 1967 with Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Spotlight on the Moog. Perrey:E.V.A. 

 ( Popcorn site  ( Kingsley site  ( Perry site

See also: Ondioline

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