Thursday, September 10, 2020

Music History Today: September 11, 2020

September 11, 2001:  Terrorists attack America, bringing down the World Trade Center. The number number 1 song on Billboards Alternative Hits chart is the remake of "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm.

Alien Ant Farm are trending on Twitter, and the reason why might be slightly confusing. 

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Users of the social networking service might have noticed Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal" clip on their feed over the weekend. And it looks like the throwback could be due to the coronavirus outbreak.  
Read more: Loudwire

September 11,  1961:  Dion released the single "Runaround Sue." 

In 1961, Dion DiMucci, the prototypical doo-wop star, topped the charts with “Runaround Sue,” an extremely fun but also deeply mean-spirited song about a girl. 

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DiMucci co-wrote the song, and while 1961 was a different time, it’s full of what we would now call slut-shaming:  “She took my love, then ran around with every single guy in town.” Two years later, he married a girl named Susan.    
Read more: Stereogum

September 11, 1974: WROV-AM in Roanoke, Virginia, starts playing the The Doobie Brothers album cut "Black Water" in honor of a local tributary of the same name.

The Doobie Brothers have come together virtually to perform 1974’s “Black Water.”


“We knew we would want to share something with others out there who are in isolation just like we are,” says Patrick Simmons, who wrote the song and sings lead on it. “We are so grateful to our fans who contributed to the performance and our families who helped with the production.  

Read more:  Rolling Stone

September 11,  1971:  Joan Baez had the #1 Easy Listening song again with "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

The Band is one of the most respected and successful acts of the rock era, but you wouldn’t know it from their chart history. Some of the group’s legendary songs, like “The Weight” and “Ophelia,” never even cracked the top 50 as singles.

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Joan Baez

“The Night They Drove OId Dixie Down,” from the group’s second album, became one of their best-known numbers as well as a classic story song, even though it was originally the B-side of the single “Up On Cripple Creek.”  

September 11, 1977:  "Smoke From A Distant Fire" by The Sanford/Townsend Band peaks at number 9. 

In 1977, the Sanford-Townsend Band’s “Smoke from a Distant Fire” raced up the charts, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June. They seemed to come from out of nowhere, and just as suddenly, they seemed to disappear; the band was never again to have a Top 40 hit. 
Read more: Rebeat Magazine

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