Thursday, August 20, 2020

Music History Today: August 21, 2020

August 21, 1971: Paul & Linda McCartney moved from 65 to 21 with "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey."
“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” is one of the loosest and silliest songs ever to reach #1 on the Hot 100.
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It isn’t even a proper song; it’s a few unfinished sketches, mashed together jaggedly so that it’s always slightly jarring when one section switches to the next. It’s pretty and indulgent in equal measures, and its catchiest moments are also its most obnoxious. No non-Beatle could’ve ever taken a song like this to number 1. 
Read more: Stereogum
August 21, 1971: Chicago's double-sided hit was at Number 7 on the Hot 100 chart with "Beginnings"/"Colour My World." 
"Colour My World" initially released as the B-side to "Make Me Smile" in March 1970. It was re-released in June 1971 as the B-side to the re-release of "Beginnings"; this second single reached No.  7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.  
Read more:  Wikipedia

August 21, 1976: England Dan & John Ford Coley climbed the final rung to Number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight."
"I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" was a hit by England Dan & John Ford Coley from their 1976 album Nights Are Forever. It eventually peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks, behind Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" and No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart. 
Read more:  Wikipedia

August 21, 1984: Tina Turner's comeback album, "Private Dancer," was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The single from it, "What's Love Got To Do With It," is certified Gold.

Tina Turner has come out of retirement at age 80 to release a Kygo remix of her 1984 mega hit, “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” The new dance-floor-ready rendition also comes with a new visual.

In the Sarah Bahbah-directed video, Laura Harrier and Charles Michael Davis star as star-crossed lovers who, despite looking on paper as having a strong and playful relationship, behind the scenes the couple lacks a deep emotional connection to last. In the end, one of them must walk away.  
Read more:  Rolling Stone

August 21, 1987:  The Soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" was released. One of the tracks was Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me."
Lesley Gore's coolly mutinous "You Don't Own Me" is richly scored, building from a minor-key dirge in the verses to a spirited chorus. The 1963 hit reframed the 17-year-old Gore as a confident chanteuse, rather than the pert pop princess then best-known for such bubblegum hits as "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn To Cry."    
Read more: NPR

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