Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Music History Today: May 21, 2020

May 21, 1983: "Little Red Corvette" goes to number 6 in the US, giving Prince his first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. 

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The story goes that Prince came up with the opening lines - "I guess I should have known, by the way you parked your car sideways, that it wouldn't last" - after falling asleep in the back of a car owned by his keyboard player Lisa Coleman. And that's true... to an extent. 
Read more: BBC News
May 21, 1964: The Drifters record "Under The Boardwalk" the day after their lead singer, Rudy Lewis, is found dead. 
"Under the Boardwalk" is a pop song written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick and recorded by The Drifters The song ranked #489 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500.   in 1964. It charted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 22, 1964. 
It's since been covered by many other artists, with versions by Billy Joel, Bette Midler, the Tom Tom Club, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joe Royal, Bruce Willis, and Lynn Anderson all charting in the United States or overseas. 
Read more: Wikipedia


May 21, 1966: Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will reach  number 4 and become her biggest US hit. 
It is considered one of the greatest songs of heartbreak in the pop music canon. 
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That it combined the music of an Italian pop song and lyrics from a pair of songwriting novices also makes it one of the unlikeliest ones. Unlikely, that is, until you consider the staggeringly brilliant performance of the song by Dusty Springfield. Then it all makes sense.  
Read more: Behind the Song


May 21, 1971: Marvin Gaye released his eleventh studio album "What's Going On."
It has been hailed as Marvin Gaye's masterpiece and soul music's finest moment. What's Going On, a song cycle focusing on the shattered American dream of the early 1970s, melded a darkly atmospheric, jazzy sound with heartfelt lyrics about the country's military plight abroad and socio‑economic problems at home, to create what many still perceive as the apex of artistic musical expression.  
Read more:  Sound on Sound


May 21, 1977: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album takes over the number 1 spot in the US from the Eagles' Hotel California.
It’s an album that has eerie soothing powers when you hear it in the midst of a crisis, which might be why it hits home right now, with our minute-by-minute deluge of apocalyptic news, the rottenest month to be an American since FDR died. 

People have always gravitated to Rumours in hard times – it’s the sound of five rock stars trying to plant their feet in the middle of a landslide, looking for strength amid all the emotional carnage.    
Read more:  Rolling Stone

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