Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Music History Today: October 7, 2020

October 7, 1995: Alanis Morissette becomes the first Canadian female artist to top the Billboard album chart when "Jagged Little Pill" reaches  Number 1. 

The song "Ironic" was published in 1995 and was the third track released from Jagged Little Pill, the award winning album by Alanis Morissette that was released in the same year. 

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Ironic quickly grew cult status and became a standard joke because of the supposedly "ironic" situations described in the song, not actually being ironic. Taking the song as a whole, a reasonable question would be to ask whether it is ironic that a song about irony incorrectly identifies irony. 
Read more: Is It Ironic?

 October 7, 1951: John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Indiana. 

John Mellencamp was born with Spina bifida, a condition where the spine is not fully formed. 

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His manager, Tony DeFries, gave him the name "Johnny Cougar." He started using "John Cougar Mellencamp" in the early '80s and eventually dropped the "Cougar." At the time, most kids born that way didn't live very long, but Mellencamp was one of four kids who underwent experimental surgery at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, which saved his life.
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 October 7, 1967: The Young Rascals had the highest debut in the Top 10 with "How Can I Be Sure."

"How Can I Be Sure" is a popular song written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, and originally recorded by The Young Rascals for their 1967 album Groovin' with a single release in August 1967 affording the group their fourth Top 10 hit peaking at Number 4. 
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October 7, 1971: Michael Jackson's first solo single, "Got To Be There," was released by Motown Records. 
"Got to Be There" is the debut single by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. The single became an immediate success, reaching number one on Cashbox's pop and R&B singles charts, while reaching number four on Billboard's pop and R&B singles charts. 
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October 7, 1974: Barry Manilow released the first single of his career, "Mandy."

Singer Barry Manilow's hit-studded career begins with a girl: Brandy. Wait, isn't it Mandy Well, sure, she became Mandy, but she was Brandy first. The chart-topping single wasn't written by the "I Write The Songs" singer but he made one crucial tweak that might have made all the difference. 
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