On this day in music history: August 6, 1980 -…

On this day in music history: August 6, 1980 – “Crimes Of Passion”, the second album by Pat Benatar is released. Produced by Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA in Early – Mid 1980. Following the release of her debut album “In The Heat Of The Night” and tour to promote it, Pat Benatar returns to the studio to begin work on the crucial follow up. Having previously worked with Peter Coleman and Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack), Benatar’s label Chrysalis Records wants the singer to work with veteran rock producer Keith Olsen on her next release. Benatar is resistant to the idea, feeling that her artistic vision will be compromised, working with a different producer. Best known for his work with bands like Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Whitesnake, there is immediate tension between Olsen and Benatar in the studio. Ironically, the tension between them comes to a head early on as they’re working on the track “Hell Is For Children”. Unhappy with the initial version, Pat is reduced to tears, feeling frustrated that the producer is not listening to her ideas and how she envisions that the song should be. Giraldo steps in and acts as an intermediary between the two, becoming an essential creative ally, which later blossoms into a romantic relationship and eventual marriage. Prior to the start of the sessions, Pat’s original drummer Glen Alexander Hamilton is replaced by Myron Grombacher, Giraldo’s former band mate while backing Rick Derringer. In spite of the creative friction, the sessions successfully wrap and the album is prepared for a late Summer release. The singer has a major run in with Chrysalis when the label attempts to “sex up her image” by superimposing her head on to the barely clad body of another woman in an advertisement in Billboard Magazine. Once released, “Crimes” firmly establishes Pat Benatar as the preeminent female rock vocalist of the era, and is widely regarded as one of her best. Even with the public’s enthusiastic reception, Benatar herself later expresses some lingering dissatisfaction with the end results. It spins off three hit singles including her first top 10 “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (#9 Pop) and “You Better Run” (#42 Pop). The video for “You Better Run” is the second clip shown on MTV, when the network makes its broadcast debut on August 1, 1981. The album wins Benatar her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (one of four that she wins in consecutive years from 1981-1984). “Crimes Of Passion” spends five weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.