Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Music History Today: October 15, 2020

October 15, 1988: UB40 reached Number 1 with "Red Red Wine" taking over from Def Leppard's "Love Bites."

‘Red, Red Wine’ had been included on the Neil Diamond’s second album Just For You, released in the summer of 1967. Appearing as a 45, it entered the magazine’s Hot 100 and climbed to No. 62. It remained there the following week and was never seen on the chart again.


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 In 1969 Jamaican singer Tony Tribe’s cover reached No. 46 in the UK. Then in 1983, ‘Red, Red Wine’ landed in the in-tray of British pop-reggae giants UB40. When they recorded ‘Red, Red Wine,’ they didn’t associate it with Diamond. Accroding to ead singer Ali Campbell, “We only knew it as a reggae song. We had no idea that Neil Diamond wrote it.”  
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October 15, 1966: Although they would have hits into the 1980s, "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops is their last Number 1 song in America.

The Four Tops‘ “Reach Out I’ll Be There” was released on August 18, 1966. It was on the charts in no time.

The Four Tops
The Four Tops

It made No.1 pop when it took over at the Hot 100 summit from the Association’s “Cherish.” As its two-week reign ended there, it started another on the R&B register, and a three-week run at the UK summit.  

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October 15, 1971: Ricky Nelson played the seventh annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival Show in New York. He wrote the song "Garden Party" about the experience and it became a hit.

Rick Nelson was playing in a Rock and Roll revival show in 1971 at Madison Square Gardens with other artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Bobby Rydell. 

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He started off with some of his old songs, the fans responded enthusiastically but then he played “Country Honk” a country version of the Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women.” He started to hear booing and eventually left the stage. He wrote the song "Went To a Garden Party" about the experience."
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October 15, 1973: Elton John released the single "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." 
He was already a star, but 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road made him a mega-star. A double-album overstuffed with hit singles and fascinatingly diverse album tracks, it seems even more impressive when you consider that it was recorded in just two weeks in France. 
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The music on the album, ran the gamut from ambitious song suites (“Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”) to goofy pop (“Bennie and The Jets”) to pummeling rockers (“Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting.)” 
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October 15, 1977: Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" hits Number 1 for the first of 10 weeks, the longest consecutive chart run in the history of the Hot 100 at the time.

Commercially, “You Light Up My Life” was a monster. It stayed at #1 for 10 weeks — longer than any other record in the history of the Hot 100 at that point. 

Debbie Boone
Debbie Boone

Debby Boone, the young woman who sang “You Light Up My Life,” was not famous. Her father Pat was famous, but it had been 16 years since he’d hit #1 with “Moody River.” Like a lot of hit songs, “You Light Up My Life” came from a movie, but that movie, also called You Light Up My Life, was not a big hit. 
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