Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Music History Today: January 27, 2021

January 27, 1973: Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" hits number 1 in America, where it stays for one week. It reached number 11 in the UK.

“Superstition” was written by Wonder, as well as produced by him, along with Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff. 

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The track talks about there being no need to be superstitious, or to have superstitions. In an interview with NPR Music in December 2000, Wonder went into depth about the track: 
”I didn’t believe in the different things that people say about breaking glasses or the number 13 is bad luck, and all those various things. And to those, I said, ‘When you believe in things you don’t understand, then you suffer.’”  
Read more: Story of Song

January 27, 1962: "Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee and the Starliters replaces Chubby Checker's hit, "The Twist," at number 1 for the next three weeks.

Judy Garland and John Wayne and Truman Capote and, eventually, the Beatles all visited to a New York club; a former gay bar run by a Mafia captain named Matty “The Horse” Ianniello. 

Joey Dee and the Starliters

The Peppermint Lounge, known as the Temple Of Twist, was the Studio 54 of its day. And its house band was a group of New Jersey kids who called themselves Joey Dee And The Starliters.

In 1961, they starred as themselves in a teensploitation biopic called Hey, Let’s Twist! And in 1962, they managed to hit #1 with a fairly generic two-minute dance song that sold itself by mentioning the Peppermint Lounge whenever possible.

Read more: Stereogum

 

January 27, 1968: The Temptations' new song "I Wish It Would Rain" moved from 45 to 15.

‘I Wish It Would Rain,’ written by producer Norman Whitfield with regular collaborator Barrett Strong and Motown writer Rodger Penzabene, topped the Billboard soul listing for the week of 17 February 1968.

The Temptations
The Temptations

It was in elite company, taking over from Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain Of Fools’ in a three-week run that lasted until the Impressions’ ‘We’re A Winner’ moved ahead of it. 
Read more: U Discover Music

January 27, 1996: Oasis debuted at number 21 with "Wonderwall."

If you’re looking for a peak moment in the career of Oasis, those rough-and-tumble, rude-and-ready bastions of BritPop, “Wonderwall” is that moment. 

The song, featured on the band’s nearly perfect second album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, not only enthralled the hometown fans, reaching #2 in the U.K., but it also broke the band to the American pop audience, hitting #8 on the Billboard charts. 
Read more: American Songwriter

 

January 27, 2001: "Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child tops the US Hot 100 for the 11th consecutive week, a record for an all-girl group.

"Independent Women Part I" is a song by American girl group Destiny's Child.


 

It was written and produced by production duo Poke & Tone, consisting of Samuel Barnes and Jean-Claude Olivier, along with Cory Rooney, and band member Beyoncé Knowles. 
The song first appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film adaptation of Charlie's Angels (2000), serving as its lead single, and was later included on the group's third studio album, Survivor (2001).  
Read more: Wikipedia

Superstition
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