Monday, September 14, 2020

Music History Today: September 15, 2020

September 15, 1973: Rod Stewart endures a rare flop record when his version of Sam Cooke's "Twisting The Night Away" stalls at number 59 on the US Pop chart.

"Twistin' the Night Away" is a song written and recorded by Sam Cooke. In 1973, Rod Stewart released his version as the third single from Never a Dull Moment, his fourth album. 

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This version achieved marginal success, peaking at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1987, he re-recorded the song for the soundtrack to the film Innerspace. When released as a single in the summer of 1987, this version hit #80 on the Hot 100.  
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September 15, 1962:  The Four Seasons had their first number 1 hit when "Sherry" reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. 

Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio wrote “Sherry” in about 15 minutes, originally titling it “Jackie” after Jackie Kennedy. And the song turned Valli and the rest of the group into instant stars. They dominated, scoring massive hits even as the Beatles were erasing the entire rest of the pop landscape and remaining capable of hitting #1 well into the ’70s.
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September 15, 1979: "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band peaks at number 3 during it's twelve week stay in Billboard's Top 40.
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" centers around Daniels' unique spoken-word delivery, as well as two very different musical interludes in which Daniels performs extended fiddle passages in very different styles to represent Satan and Johnny's playing. He chose an atonal approach for the Devil's music, while employing a much more melodic slant to Johnny's ultimately winning style.  
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September 15, 1980:  Pat Benatar released the single "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."

"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" is a song recorded by American rock singer Pat Benatar and written by Eddie Schwartz. sold well over a million copies in the U.S., achieving a gold certification by the RIAA. The song is one of Benatar's most recognizable tracks. Heard at many baseball and soccer games, the song has been featured on many compilation albums, including both multi-artist works as well as those just focusing on Benatar.  
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September 15, 1990:  Steve Miller had the number 1 song in the U.K. with "The Joker," which had been released 17 years previously but had recently been featured in ads for jeans.

What a way to introduce yourself: “Some people call me the space cowboy / Some call me the gangster of love.” Of course, Steve Miller wasn’t really introducing himself. He’d been around, fronting the Steve Miller Band for the better part of a decade. Those lines were callbacks to a couple of his earlier songs. But if you didn’t recognize his references, you weren’t alone. Steve Miller had never had a big hit before “The Joker,” and so those lines just resonated as extremely slick nonsense. 
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