On this day in music history: December 30, 196…

On this day in music history: December 30, 1968 – “You Showed Me” by The Turtles is released. Written by Jim (Roger) McGuinn and Gene Clark, it is the fifth and final top ten hit for the Los Angeles, CA based pop band. The song is originally recorded in 1964 prior to the formation of The Byrds when McGuinn and Clark performed as a trio with David Crosby called The Jet Set. The Turtles version is recorded in late 1968 with producer Chip Douglas for their album “The Turtles Present The Battle Of The Bands”. It peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 1, 1969, becoming the groups’ last major hit single. Some copies of the original US 45 come in a picture sleeve with the band posing naked, only covered by oversized fig leaves. The back cover features them dressed in suits and holding instruments, fitting in the with the “battle of the bands” concept of the album. Years later, the song is the subject of a lawsuit when De La Soul samples the track for their song “Transmitting Live From Mars”. “You Showed Me” is also covered by The Lightning Seeds (basing their version on The Turtles arrangement) for the film and soundtrack of “Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery” in 1997, and by rap duo Salt ‘N’ Pepa on their 1990 album “Black’s Magic”. The Turtles version of “You Showed Me” is also backed with the track “Buzz Saw” which is also widely sampled, most notably by rapper D-Nice in 1990 for hit “Call Me D-Nice”, with Ice Cube sampling a portion of D-Nice’s record for “Jackin’ For Beats” later in 1990, and by Jermaine Dupri on the remix version of Mary J. Blige’s single “Everything” in 1997.