August 27 – Cyrkle, Tracy Chapman, Pearl Jam ‘Ten’

1966

US r’n’r band The Cyrkle (*) return to the top-20, yes a second time, with their #16 hippie-surfer feelgood single Turn-Down Day.

Soft summer breeze and the surf rolls in
To laughter of small children playin’
Someone’s radio has the news tuned in
But nobody cares what he’s sayin’
Things that are waiting to mess my mind
Will just have to wait ’til tomorrow

It’s a turn-down day
Nothin’ on my mind
It’s a turn-down day
And I dig it

Brian Epstein‘s death … and the fact that they could and did turn down recording ” 59th Street Bridge Song” … brought an end to the band’s fortune, tho one of them went on to write the ‘Plop-plop fizz-fizz’ commercial jingle.

The fact that they got to record two complete LPs, speaks volumes about how good music was in the years 1965-1967 as even second-tier groups like this were a delight to hear.

Quiz: Name their first hit & the composer? ▷Answer▹

1988

Eponymous alt-rock album Tracy Chapman becomes an international #1, largely on the strength of Grammy-winning single Fast Car (US#6).
 
Along the lines of Cat Stevens meets Janis Ian. Chapman‘s second album Crossroads also reaches UK#1 (Int’l top-10). At the 1989 Grammies Tracy wins the Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal and Best Contemporary Folk awards.
 
She’s continued to win international awards since, getting a US#1 for Give Me One Reason from 1995 album New Beginning (US#4,CA#1,AU#6), releasing 8 albums by 2008.
 
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1991

Seattle alt-rock band Pearl Jam, formed in 1990, releases it’s debut studio album Ten. Even Flow 
 
The next five make US#2, or better, and do as well around the world.

At some point along the way we began feeling we wanted to give people something to believe in because we all had bands that gave that to us when we needed something to believe in. That was the big challenge for us after the first record and the response to it. — Eddie Vedder

By 2009 the band has released 9 studio albums, selling 60M worldwide. Its Pearl Jam Official Bootlegs number in the hundreds; 72 are released in 2000-1 alone. Rear View Mirror, 2006 
 
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See also: List of best-selling albums in the United States