Thursday, October 21, 2021

Music History Today: October 21, 2021

October 21, 1978: "My Best Friend's Girl" by The Cars enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
Written by Ric Ocasek, “My Best Friend’s Girl” was – despite presumptions to the contrary – not based on a true story.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Music History Today: October 20, 2021

 October 20, 1973: " D’yer Mak’er by Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard hot 100 chart.
The old jokes goes:  “I’ve just taken my wife on holiday to the Caribbean.” “Jamaica?” “No, she was happy to come.” 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Music History Today: October 19, 2021

October 19, 1950:  Patrick Cowley was born Buffalo, New York,

An instrumental contributor to the development of dance music -- post-disco and Hi-NRG in particular -- Patrick Cowley's influence carried far beyond his early-'80s prime. 

Sylvester Do Ya Wanna Funk cover

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Music History Today: October 18, 2021

October 18,  1980: "Private Idaho" by The B-52s enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

In this song, the state of Idaho is used to represent a case of paranoia - the lyrics "get out of that state" meaning to get out of that state of mind.

 The B-52s

Music History Today: October 17, 2021

October 17, 1980: The movie Times Square was released.
First released in October 1980, Times Square, a coming-of-age film directed by Allan Moyle, was originally poised to be a punk and New Wave equivalent to Saturday Night Fever.

The movie Times Square poster

Friday, October 15, 2021

Music History Today: October 16, 2021

October 16, 1976:  Two weeks after entering the Billboard single's charts "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart sailed from number 71 to 42, 
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart proved to be a massive commercial success and became his second US chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Music History Today: October 15, 2021

October 15, 1977: "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton enters the US Top 100 single's chart.
Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" became her first gold single.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Music History Today: October 14, 2021

October 14th, 1978: "Josie" by Steely Dan peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
Almost a year after the release of Aja, ABC Records released Josie as a single in North America. In Europe, “Josie” had served as the B side to “Deacon Blues.” 

Steely Dan album cover Aja

Music History Today: October 13, 2021

October 13, 1979: "Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp entered the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
"Take the Long Way Home" is the third US single off Supertramp's 1979 album Breakfast in America. According to its composer Roger Hodgson, the song deals with how the desire to go home can go both ways:

"Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp

Monday, October 11, 2021

Music History Today: October 12, 2021

October 12, 1996: "Where Do You Go" by No Mercy makes it to the Top 5 on the Billboard single's chart.
"Where Do You Go" was written by Peter Bischof and Franz Reuther. It was first recorded by German Eurodance band La Bouche in 1995 as an album-only song from their Sweet Dreams album.

No Mercy
No Mercy

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Music History Today: October 11, 2021

October 11, 1980:  "I’m Alright" by Kenny Loggins from the film Caddyshack reached number 7 on the Billboard hot 110 single's chart.

It’s hard to imagine now, but Kenny Loggins wasn’t the king of the soundtracks heading into 1980. 
Caddyshack movie poster

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Music History Today: October 10, 2021

October 10, 1983: Culture Club released the single "Church Of The Poison Mind" in the US.
"Church of the Poison Mind" by Culture Club was released as the lead single from their second, and most successful, album Colour by Numbers.

Culture Club album Colour by Numbers

Music History Today: October 9, 2021

October 9, 1986: The Phantom of the Opera premiers at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. 

The Phantom of the Opera premiers at Her Majesty's Theatre in London 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Music History Today: October 8, 2021

October 8, 2004: Ray Charles, who died in June, scores his first Platinum album when Genius Loves Company, released in September, sells over a million copies.
Genius Loves Company is the last studio album Ray Charles completed before his death in June 2004. As the title acknowledges with a wink, this is a duets album, which may be a little commonplace as far as latter-day superstar albums go.
Ray Charles
Ray Charles

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Music History Today: October 7, 2021

October  7, 2000: The highest song entering the Hot 100 single's chart, at number 38 is "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin's “She Bangs” was the first single from his album “Sound Loaded.” 

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Music History Today: October 6, 2021

October 6, 1973: Todd Rundgren debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Hello, It's Me." 
Todd Rundgren wrote his first song, “Hello It’s Me,” in 1967, one year after a painful high-school breakup. 

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren

Monday, October 4, 2021

Music History Today: October 5, 2021

October 5, 1973: Elton John releases Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, his most successful studio album.
It was designed to be a blockbuster and it was.

Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Music History Today: October 4, 2021

October 4, 1975: Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" LP hits number 1 in the US and the UK. The album features a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

There is no better song to remember a loved one by than the masterpiece send-off that is Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” Both “Wish You Were Here” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” are songs about death and loss, with the latter explicitly written for former band member Syd Barrett.

Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" LP album art
Wish You Were Here album art

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Music History Today: October 3, 2021

October 3, 1981: Two months after MTV's debut, Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" reaches its peak of number 40 in the US thanks to a video shot in a Los Angeles culvert. 

"Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult was released as the lead single from the band's eighth studio album, Fire of Unknown Origin. 

Blue Öyster Cult album "Burnin' for You"

Music History Today: October 2, 2021

October 2:  1981: "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner is released in the UK.
Foreigner launched a search for the fan who inspired their hit song “Juke Box Hero,” offering a V.I.P. experience for the person ... if he can be found.

Foreigner 1981 album 4