Thursday, July 23, 2020

Music History Today: July 23, 2020

July 23, 1988:  Def Leppard reached number 1 on the Album chart with Hysteria.  The track "Pour Some Sugar On Me" peaked at number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart on this day.
While it’s tempting to assume that Pour Some Sugar On Me was an instant smash hit, hard evidence shows otherwise. 
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The song wasn’t deemed good enough to be released as the first single from Hysteria; instead it followed Animal into the UK chart in October 1987, reaching an unspectacular No.18. It wasn’t until the following year, with sales of Hysteria stalling at three million, that the US record company finally released Pour Some Sugar On Me. 
Read more: Louder Sound

July 23, 2011:  Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in London. 

When Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, she had not released a new album in five years, since she put out her landmark, multi-Grammy-winning classic Back in Black in 2006. 

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That Winehouse was just 27 years old when she died underscored her sheer natural brilliance, the meteoric nature of her rise and the wrenching tragedy of her downward spiral and ultimate fall.  
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July 23, 1966: The Lovin' Spoonful's hit, "Summer In The City," moved from number 53 to 21 on this date. It's number 401 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
The Lovin’ Spoonful were a New York City band. Frontman John B. Sebastian, the son of the weirdly popular classical harmonica player John Sebastian, had grown up in Greenwich Village, and the members of the band had come from the city’s coffeehouse folk scene. 
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Lovin’ Spoonful started out making doofy, approachable folk-rock. There was nothing remotely threatening about them, and their light and fluffy take on the sound comes across laughably inconsequential right now. But with “Summer In The City,” they hit on something.
Read more: Stereogum


July 23, 1969: Three Dog Night's "One" is certified gold.
"One" is a song written and recorded by Harry Nilsson and made famous by Three Dog Night whose recording reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. 
Three Dog Night
Cory Wells, Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton
Three Dog Night played "One" in the key of F minor, and it was released as the second single from Three Dog Night's eponymous first album. It became their first of seven gold records over the next five years. 
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July 23, 1973: Cher released the single "Half Breed."
Cher isn’t Romani, but that didn’t stop her from recording “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” her first solo #1. 
And she isn’t half Cherokee, either, but that didn’t stop her from recording “Half-Breed,” her second chart-topper. Cher’s father was Armenian, and her mother was mostly Western European but was also part Cherokee, at least according to a People profile of Cher from the ’90s.
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July 23, 1973: B.W. Stevenson released the single "My Maria."
“My Maria” was originally recorded by B.W. Stevenson in 1973. Aside from recording the song, he co-wrote the song with another talented songwriter, Daniel Moore. Stevenson, just like other artists’ versions, made his recording of the single reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Easy Listening charts.  
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