Monday, January 25, 2021

Music History Today: January 26, 2021

January 26, 1974:  Dolly Parton first appeared on the charts as her first single, "Jolene," debuted.

Dolly Parton has continually put out hit after hit over the years — from "These Old Bones" and "If I Had Wings" to "Sugar Hill" and "Nine to Five." 

Dolly Parton

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But one of the songs that really took her career to the next level was "Jolene," a track on her 13th studio album that landed in the number-one spot on the charts in 1974.

Read more: Good Housekeeping

January 26, 1963:  The Rooftop Singers moved to number 1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Walk Right In."

In 1963. Bob Dylan released The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which means it’s the year that “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “Masters Of War” entered the world.

The Rooftop Singers

And yet the biggest folk single of the year was a chirpy, strummy, generally meaningless novelty version of an old jug-band song, recorded by the guy who replaced Pete Seeger in the Weavers when Seeger got blacklisted for his Communist sympathies. Erik Darling put together the vocal trio the Rooftop Singers specifically to record a version of “Walk Right In.” 

Read more: Stereogum

January 26, 1964:  Barbra Streisand released the single "People."

Anne Bancroft said no. That’s how Barbra Streisand came to play the lead in the 1964 Broadway musical “Funny Girl.”

And that’s how the world got to know “People”--a show-stopping ballad in the play’s first act. Streisand sang other, bolder delights from the original score--“I’m the Greatest Star,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance.” But the number most everyone remembers is “People.” 

Read more: National Registry

January 26, 1974: "You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr tops the charts for one week.

Ringo Starr's version of "You're Sixteen" was released as a single in the United States on December 3, 1973, and in the UK on February 8, 1974. In January 1974, the song, taken from the album Ringo, hit number one. The latter performance reunited Ringo Starr with his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. 

Ringo Starr

Although McCartney is credited on the liner notes of the album Ringo as having played the solo on a kazoo, reviewer Michael Verity has quoted the song's producer Richard Perry as revealing that it wasn't actually a kazoo:  "In fact, the solo on ‘You’re Sixteen,’ which sounds like a kazoo or something, was Paul singing." 
Read more: Wikipedia 

January 26, 1976:  Maxine Nightingale released the single "Right Back Where We Started From."
At age 22, former Jesus Christ Superstar starlet Maxine Nightingale scored a major international smash with the driving R&B ballad "Right Back Where We Started From." 

Maxine Nightingale

Pushed to greater immortality by its appearance in the Paul Newman movie Slap Shot, the song led into Nightingale's solo debut album with a promise that the remainder of the set readily lived up to. Nightingale's infectiously smoky vocals are powerful enough even to overcome some surprisingly weak material. 
Read more: Allmusic

Dolly Parton

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