On this day in music history: May 13, 1977 – “…

On this day in music history: May 13, 1977 – “I Remember Yesterday”, the fifth studio album by Donna Summer is released. Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it is recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany in Early 1977. It is a concept album comprising of popular music throughout the decades (from the 1940’s to the 1970’s) with Moroder and Belotte’s electronic dance rhythms intermingling with music from the past, present and future. The initial single from the album is the ballad “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over?)”, but club DJ’s discover the track “I Feel Love” on the B-side. The last track on the LP, the sequencer driven “I Feel Love” conceptually represents the “future” of music. The groundbreaking song quickly becomes a smash in discos around the world. From the dance floor it crosses over to radio and hitting #1 in the UK, #6 on the Hot 100 and spending three weeks at number one the Billboard Club Play chart. Regarded as one of the most important and influential dance records of all time, “I Feel Love” goes on to be remixed numerous times, the first being an epic length version (running over fifteen minutes) by synth pioneer Patrick Cowley in 1982. The song is also covered by Bronski Beat and Marc Almond (of Soft Cell) in 1985, taking their version to #3 on the UK singles chart. Originally released on CD in 1991, it is remastered and reissued in Japan as a limited edition SHM-CD in 2012. It is also reissued by Culture Factory Records in 2014, packaged in a mini-LP sleeve replicating the original vinyl LP artwork, including the Casablanca label on the disc and company inner sleeve. “I Remember Yesterday” peaks at number eighteen on the Billboard Top 200, number eleven on the R&B album chart, number three on the UK album chart, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.