Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Music History Today: April 15, 2020

April 15, 1972: Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen entered the Billboard Top 40 for the first and only time with "Hot Rod Lincoln," which climbed to Number 9.
"Hot Rod Lincoln" is a song by American singer-songwriter Charlie Ryan, first released in 1955. 
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A 1971 version, by country rock band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen on their album Lost in the Ozone, became the most successful version of "Hot Rod Lincoln;"  Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Number 28 Adult Contemporary, Number 7 in Canada, and was ranked Number 69 on the U.S. Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972.  
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April 15, 1967: Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" hit Number 1 in America for the first of four weeks. 

The man who wrote "Somethin' Stupid" was Carson Parks, a veteran of the Los Angeles folk music scene and the older brother of weird-music hall-of-famer Van Dyke Parks. Carson and his wife Gaile Foote had recorded "Somethin' Stupid" as a duet, and it was both smart and sweet in their hands. 

Nancy and Frank Sinatra
It’s a song about a couple, early in their relationship, having a romantic night together and then leaping headlong into uncertainty. They’re having a great time, but then one of them ruins it: “And then I go and spoil it all by saying somethin’ stupid like ‘I love you.'”  
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April 15, 1972: Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" became an unlikely Billboard Number 1 hit after being featured in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me.

Roberta Flack
When an artist puts a definitive stamp on a song, it can sometimes obscure the history behind its writing. Such is the case with Roberta Flack’s languorous, luscious performance of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Flack included it on a 1969 album titled First Take, where it languished relatively unknown until it appeared in the 1971 Clint Eastwood flick Play Misty For Me. A year later it was released as a single, becoming a #1 Billboard hit for a stunning six-week span.  
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April 15, 1991: MC Hammer's "Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em" became the first rap album to go Diamond, for sales of 10 million copies in America. 
No one could escape the infectious hook line of MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’ in the summer of 1990. 
MC Hammer
A radio staple all over the world, the song, lifted from his third album, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ’Em, transformed the 27-year-old Oakland rapper with baggy britches (who was originally born Stanley Burrell) into a bona fide household name. 
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Hot Rod Lincoln
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

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