October 16 – Hendrix ‘Ladyland’, Hayes ‘Shaft’ , Wonder ‘Key of Life’, Rough Trade

1968

The Jimi Hendrix Experience releases third, double album Electric Ladyland, which finally carries Jimi’s music to US#1.
 
Manager Chas Chandler‘s departure had a clear impact on the artistic direction that the recording took. Deviating from standard popsong format, it includes modern electronic effects. The album includes singles Crosstown Traffic , Dylan cover All Along the Watchtower (US#20,UK#5) , and Voodoo Child (UK#1 in 1970) . Another track Voodoo Chile is a 15-minute jam.
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1971

Isaac Hayes releases Theme from Shaft, which becomes a US#1 hit.
 
It’s recorded for the movie Shaft, released July 2 by Gordon Parks … so-called blaxploitation film about a private eye.
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1976

Stevie Wonder releases double-LP album Songs in the Key of Life, which includes #1 hits Sir Duke and I Wish.
 
The album is a US#1, UK#2 and wins Wonder several Grammies, including Best Album, Best Producer, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
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1976

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Billboard Magazine reports that an LP is being released by Toronto rock band Rough Trade.
 
Rough Trade Live! (*) is ‘The first rock album to be recorded live direct-to-disc‘ … direct to a master rather than magnetic tape. Four jackets exist.
 ( Fansite Birds of a Feather 
 
Other artists who tried it out: Thelma Houston, Randy Sharp (‘First in Line’), Robert Goulet.

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