A Day in the Life Album is by Wes Montgomery, who was an American jazz guitarist.
The recording of the album began on the 6th of June and finished on the 26th of that month. It was released in 1967 by record label A&M.
The label, founded in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, is now part of Universal Music Group.
Wes Recorded for A Day in the Life at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The studio, located at 445 Sylvan Avenue, was set up by Rudy Van Gelder in 1959.
Rudy is regarded by many as one of the most influential recording engineers of jazz. During his career he recorded thousands of sessions, working with the biggest names in the genre. He was held in high regard by many musicians and composers. The song, ” Hackensack “, was written and recorded as a tribute to Rudy Van Gelder by American jazz pianist, Thelonious Monk.
Production for the album was by Creed Taylor, the Grammy Award-winning American record producer. He founded CTI Records ( Creed Taylor Incorporated ), the jazz record label, in 1967. A&M distributed CTI Records until 1969, in 1970 Creed launched the label as an independent.
The most successful single by chart position is ” Windy “. The single is a cover of a song by The Association, the American pop group from California.
Originally released on the 1st of May 1967, the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 where it spent four weeks at the top. Wes Montgomery’s cover reached number forty-four on the Hot 100, spending eleven weeks on the chart.
A Day in the Life had chart success in the United States. On the Billboard 200, it peaked at number thirteen. The album topped the Jazz Albums Chart and peaked at number two on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart.
About Wes Montgomery
John Leslie ” Wes ” Montgomery was born on the 6th of March 1923 in Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, United States.
Wes’ family were music orientated with brothers Monk and buddy both jazz performers. The three brothers recorded and released albums together under the name, the Montgomery Brothers.
Although Wes didn’t possess the skill to read music, he did have the ability to learn complicated melodies and riffs purely by ear. The American jazz guitarist is considered by many to have been one of the greatest jazz guitarists, influencing numerous jazz musicians that followed.
Wes Montgomery’s technique for plucking the strings using the side of his thumb instead of a pick gave him a more distinctive sound. The reason for the method of using his thumb instead of the usual guitar pick was down to Wes’ day job as a machinist.
Before his music career took off, he’d often practice late into the night, so not to disturb his neighbours, Wes started playing with his thumb, allowing him to play quieter.
His debut solo album, Fingerpickin’, was recorded on the 30th of December 1957 and released in 1958 by the now-defunct label Riverside Records.
Wes released records on various labels during his career including Riverside 1958-1963, Verve 1964-1966, A&M 1967-1968.
To date, Wes Montgomery’s Album releases are twenty-nine solo albums, including live recordings and posthumous releases.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, he won many awards during his short career. He was nominated for several Grammys, winning a Grammy in 1966 for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance.
John Leslie ” Wes ” Montgomery died at the age of 45 of a heart attack on the morning of the 15th of June 1968.
A Day in the Life Track Listing:
1. A Day in the Life
2. Watch What Happens
3. When a Man Loves a Woman
4. California Nights
6. Eleanor Rigby
7. Willow Weep for Me
9. Trust in Me
10. The Joker