Saturday, May 2, 2020

Music History Today: May 3, 2020

May 3, 1986: Propelled by a memorable video where lookalike models vamp the song, Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" hits Number 1 on the Hot 100. 
“Addicted to Love” earned Robert Palmer the 1987 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. 
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Guitarist Patty Elias, one of the video’s models, jokes that the video may have been more popular than the song itself.  Jump back a year and you have the debut of its music video, featuring the Robert Palmer girls, a quintet of identical women on instruments. 
Read more: In the 1980s
May 3, 1975: Chicago's LP Chicago VIII hits Number 1 on Billboard's Hot 200 albums chart. 
With its eighth album, Chicago became an eight-piece band as percussionist Laudir de Oliveira, who was featured as a sideman on Chicago VI and Chicago VII, became a full-fledged member of the band. 
Chicago VIII album cover
In September 1974, the band once again returned to Jim Guercio’s Caribou Ranch to cut the album, which ended up as single disc.   
Read more:  Number 1 Albums


May 3, 1977: Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow performed at a benefit concert for the New York Public Library.  
Paul Simon’s musical career has spanned seven decades, with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel. Simon was responsible for writing nearly all of the pair’s songs, including three that reached number one on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence," “Mrs. Robinson," and “Bridge over Troubled Water." 
Read more: History of Rock and Roll


May 3, 1980: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band started a six week run at Number 1 on the US album chart with 'Against The Wind.'  
Bob Seger achieved full-fledged rock stardom with 1976's Night Moves, but while his raspy howl may have been new to a generation of fans, he'd actually been chipping away at mainstream success for many years.
Bob Seger Against The Wind cover art
In fact, admitted Seger years later, he was gunning for nothing less than a chart-topping hit when he entered the studio to work on what would become his 11th studio LP, Against the Wind.  
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock


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