Awakenings: America & Beyond
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Awakenings: America & Beyond
Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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Awakenings: ♫Bit on the Wild Side♫

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"Do you feel a bit on the wild side today? If you do, that feeling would be directly in line with a specific music happening on this day in 1966. The song was written by a songwriter named Chip Taylor, who has made tons of money from it because it has been recorded by many artists and is constantly being used in movies and TV shows. For today's trip down memory lane, we begin with...

♫Feeling Wild♫
Spotlight on The Troggs

Today in Music History: July 30, 1966"

Sharla Shults's insight:
The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wild Thing'. Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No.1 for two companies.
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Awakenings: ♫Feeling Wild♫

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"Feeling or going wild may or may not be an integral part of your lifestyle; yet, more than likely, this experience has not been totally unavoidable. For sure, somewhere along the music road of life, you encountered the song, Wild Thing, of which the beat alone left you feeling wild. It has been around since the late 60s, 1966 to be exact. With today being April Fools' Day, there is the possibility you have been a little on the wild side all day today. So, let's step back to the time when Wild Thing was first recorded and visit The Troggs. No, no! Not trolls, but The Troggs! For music trivia on the song, visit A Bit on the Wild Side."


Spotlight on...The Troggs

Sharla Shults's insight:
The Troggs enjoyed success in the US at the height of the British Invasion. They became known for a unique rock 'n' roll formula that was more direct than their peers like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Kinks. With crunching guitar chords and Presley's primal vocals, this "Caveman Rock" was dismissed by some but proved to be hugely popular. The sound was a key influence on garage rock and punk.
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