Thursday, February 11, 2021

Music History Today: February 12, 2021

February 12, 1994: Celine Dion had her first number 1 song with "The Power Of Love."

"The Power of Love" is a song co-written and originally recorded by American singer Jennifer Rush in 1984. It has been covered by several artists, most notably by Air Supply, Laura Branigan and Celine Dion.

Celine Dion singing in a gold dress blurred blue background
Celine Dion

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"The Power of Love" became Dion's first US number-one song, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in February 1994. It also became her first Australian chart topper and second number-one single in Canada. The song also topped the adult contemporary charts in the United States and Canada. In the rest of the world, "The Power of Love" reached top ten in France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden and New Zealand. 

Read more: Wikipedia

February 12, 1958: The Monotones release "Book Of Love." 

The song “Book of Love” by The Monotones is a doo wop classic and one many wanted to sing or dance to. 

The Monotones singing group black and white publicity photo
The Monotones

The Monotones were from Newark, New Jersey, and formed in 1955. They grew up in the Baxter Terrace projects and sang in the New Hope Baptist Church choir. Group members for The Monotones included Charles Patrick, Warren Davis, George Malone, Frank Smith, John Ryanes, and Warren Ryanes. 
Read more: Daily Doo Wop 

 

February 12, 1961: "Shop Around" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles became the first million-selling single for Motown Records.

It’s impossible to overstate just how important The Miracles and their leader, Smokey Robinson, were to Motown. In the late 50s, making the most of Robinson’s obvious potential became the pet project of Berry Gordy, the company’s founder.

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles black and white group publicity photo
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

This kid with the soulful high voice had talent; Gordy, already a strong songwriter, with hits to his name for Jackie Wilson and Marv Johnson, made his mind up to shape Smokey’s compositional chops until they became a commercial proposition. Gordy taught Robinson about the structure of songs, and to seek meaningful lyrics. The outcome of his inspired mentoring must have been beyond his wildest dreams. Before long, Robinson would pen one of Motown’s earliest classics, The Miracles’ “Shop Around.”  
Read more: U Discover Music

February 12, 1972: Al Green takes the top spot on the Billboard Hot 10 with "Let's Stay Together."

When Al Green recorded “Let’s Stay Together” — arguably his masterpiece, definitely his sole #1 hit, generally one of the greatest soul singles of all time — he was singing to a roomful of drunks.

Al Green

The producer Willie Mitchell, who had discovered Green and who had helped Green discover his own voice, knew that Green did his best work onstage, when he was able to play to an audience. So that’s what Mitchell gave him. Mitchell rounded up a few dozen neighborhood drunks, bought a bunch of wine for them, and got them all to sit quietly and watch Al Green record “Let’s Stay Together.”    

Read more: Stereogum

February 12, 1983: Bob Seger moved to number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Shame On The Moon."

"Shame on the Moon" is a song written by Rodney Crowell and first recorded for his eponymous 1981 album. It was subsequently covered by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, as the lead single from their 1982 album The Distance.

Bob Seger The Distance album cover

Glenn Frey joins Seger on background harmony vocals on the song. The song spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart (blocked from the top spot by Patti Austin and James Ingram's "Baby, Come to Me" and by Michael Jackson's smash hit "Billie Jean") and topped the adult contemporary chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

The Power Of Love
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