Thursday, June 30, 2022

Music History Today: July 1, 2022

July 1, 2000: Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert had a crossover hit when "I Hope You Dance" moved into the Billboard's Top 40.

“I Hope You Dance,” recorded by Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert, and written by Tia Sillers and Mark D. Sanders, was one of 2000’s most successful singles in several genres, and is one of only a handful of songs in the past two decades that can truly be considered a classic.

Lee Ann Womack

Music History Today: June 30, 2022

June 30, 2007: Amy Winehouse had her only American Top 10 hit when "Rehab" peaked at Number 9 in the US.

Though she made a lot of great music, Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” is her most famous song.

Amy Winehouse Rolling Stones cover

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Music History Today: June 29, 2022

June 29, 1968: Johnny Cash had a cross-over hit when "Folsom Prison Blues" moved into the American Top 40. It would peak one spot higher, at Number 32.

Johnny Cash at Folsom

Monday, June 27, 2022

Music History Today: June 28, 2022

June 28, 1986: Madonna entered Billboard's Hot 100 more than halfway to the top, at Number 42, with "Papa Don't Preach." 
Madonna’s True Blue was her third album, but it was the first one she made when she was already a massive star.


Madonna made club music, post-disco dance-pop. Even her ballads nodded to that sound. So it must’ve been at least a little jarring for people to hear the fussy, rococo strings that open “Papa Don’t Preach.” 
Read more: Stereogum
June 28, 1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at Number 2 in the US with the lead single from their Green River LP, "Bad Moon Rising." 

The lyric of "Bad Moon Rising" was inspired by a film in which a hurricane wipes out most of a town. This is where John Fogerty got the idea for the words "I feel the hurricane blowin', I hope you're quite prepared to die." Overall, he said the song is about the "apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us." 
Read more; Songfacts

June 28, 1980: "Play The Game" by Queen started it's climb up the US music chart at Number 67. 

Queen's eighth album, 1980's The Game, kicks off with a dramatic whoosh of noise befitting the score of a sci-fi film.
Play The Game by Queen photoshoot
Play The Game by Queen

It's hard to pinpoint the source. The answer, at least for Queen's standards, was a bit more shocking: an Oberheim OB-X synthesizer. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

June 28, 1997: "Listen" by Collective Soul, the second single from their Disciplined Breakdown LP, began it's ascent up Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 79. It didn't get far, peaking at Number 72.

June 28, 2008: Coldplay hit Number 1 in the Us with "Viva La Vida" from their X&Y CD. 

"Viva la Vida" was written by all members of the Coldplay for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The track debuted to critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Papa Don't Preach

Music History Today: June 27, 2022

June 27, 1987: After seven weeks on the US chart, Whitney Houston took the top spot with "Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."
"Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" fell in the middle of a remarkable seven-song run of US #1 hits for Whitney Houston that were spread across her first two albums.

Whitney Houston

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Music History Today: June 26, 2022

June 26, 2010: "Alejandro" reached Number 5 on the Hot 100, becoming Lady Gaga's seventh consecutive top ten hit in the United States.
"Alejandro" by Lady Gaga, the third single released from The Fame Monster EP,  was inspired by her "Fear of Sex Monster".

Lady Gaga The Fame Monster EP artwork

Friday, June 24, 2022

Music History Today: June 25, 2022

June 25, 1988: Prince peaked at Number 8 on the US music chart with "Alphabet Street" from his Lovesexy album. 

"Alphabet Steet," the first single from Prince's 1988 album, was the LP's only top 10 single.

Prince Lovesexy album cover photoshoot
Prince Lovesexy cover

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Music History Today: June 24, 2022

June 24, 2006: Rascal Flatts' cover of Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway," recorded for PIXAR's motion picture Cars, made a big move into the American Top 40, from Number 59 to 25. 

Poster for PIXAR's motion picture Cars

Music History Today: June 23, 2022

June 23, 2004: Michael Bublé released a cover of "Sway" from his self-titled album. 
Unlike most young guys who gravitate towards the latest rock or rap trend, Michael Bublé chose to study the classic works of pop vocal masters like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra while slowly developing his own technique and career as a vocal interpreter.

Michael Bublé self-titled album cover

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Music History Today: June 22, 2022

June 22, 1974: David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" peaked at Number 64 in the US. 

Originally planned in late 1973 as part of an aborted Ziggy Stardust musical, "Rebel Rebel" was Bowie's last single in his signature glam rock style.

David Bowie 1970s 

Music History Today: June 21, 2022

June 21, 1970: Black Sabbath finished recording Paranoid, one of the earliest heavy metal albums.
Paranoid was not only Black Sabbath's most popular record, it also stands as one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time.

Black Sabbath album artwork Paranoid

The Doobie Brothers - Take Me In Your Arms (Official Music Video)

Friday, June 17, 2022

Music History Today: June 18, 2022

June 18, 1976: Rod Stewart released the album A Night on the Town.

Taking a cue from Atlantic Crossing, which divided its two LP sides into fast and slow songs, Rod Stewart structured A Night on the Town similarly.

Rod Stewart album A Night on the Town

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Music History Today: June 16, 2022

June 16, 1979: Donna Summer's album Bad Girls hits Number 1 in the US.

Every producer/DJ has the dream of creating an album like Donna Summer’s Bad Girls—whether they admit it or not.

Donna Summer's album Bad Girls

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Music History Today: June 15, 2022

June 15, 1970: Grand Funk Railroad released their album Closer to Home.
Closer to Home, Grand Funk's third album, was the record that really broke them through to the commercially successful level of metal masters such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

Grand Funk Railroad
Grand Funk Railroad

Monday, June 13, 2022

Music History Today: June 14, 2022

June 14, 1997: Puff Daddy debuted at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart with "I’ll Be Missing You." 

Rap’s underground/mainstream schism dates to the moment Puff Daddy’s performative act of mourning took over the Hot 100 and became, quite possibly, the biggest rap hit in history to that point.

Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Music History Today: June 13, 2022

June 13, 1992: George Michael debuts more than halfway up Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 41, with "Too Funky." 
"Too Funky" finds George Michael propositioning someone he would like to have sex with.

George Michael
George Michael