Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Music History Today: February 18, 2021

February 18, 1984: Nena jumped from number 12 to 4 on the Hot 100 chart with "99 Luftballoons."  It will peak at number 2.

Way back in 1983, a German band released their debut album which contained a single that would eventually take the world by storm. The band Nena took its name from the nickname and stage name of their female lead vocalist.

99 Luftballoons by Nena single cover
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The song is “99 Luftballons” which became a #1 hit in West Germany by March of 1983 and went on to major international chart success the following year also reaching #1 in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. The German version even reached #2 in the United States in March of 1984, but was held out of the top spot by Van Halen’s “Jump”. 
Read more: The Retro Network

February 18, 1978: Kansas entered the Billboard chart with "Dust In The Wind," on its way to becoming the group's only Top 10 hit.

"Dust in the Wind" was released by Kansas in 1977 on their album Point of Know Return. The song made it to number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978, but never achieved that kind of fame.

Dust In The Wind by Kansas album cover
Rather, the fame that "Dust in the Wind" has accomplished is better understood when you understand the lyrics. The haunting melodies and minimalistic lyrics are about the fleetingness of life and how little what we hold onto really is. 
Read more: Pop Song Professor

 

February 18,1995: Newcomers Hootie & the Blowfish scored their first Top 10 song as "Hold My Hand" reached number 10.

"Hold My Hand" is the debut single of the American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish from their album Cracked Rear View.

Hootie and the Blowfish band publicity photo
Hootie & the Blowfish

All four of the band members wrote the song sometime in 1989, and it was released on a self-titled cassette EP the year after. Released in July 1994, "Hold My Hand" charted at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song includes a backing vocal from David Crosby. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

February 18, 1985: Don Henley released the single "All She Wants To Do Is Dance."

"All She Wants to Do Is Dance" is a song written by Danny Kortchmar and performed by Don Henley, co-lead vocalist and drummer for Eagles.

Don Henley black and white publicity photo headshot people in the background
Don Henley

It was released as the second single from Henley's second studio solo album, Building the Perfect Beast, being Henley's sixth single. It was one of Henley's most commercially successful singles. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 18, 2012: "Call Me Maybe" by Canadian Idol alumna Carly Rae Jepsen goes viral via a YouTube lip dub video by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.  The attention helps push the song to number 1 on the charts.

Call Me Maybe is a pop song you are still glad to be reminded of, even after hearing it a gazillion times.

Carly Rae Jepsen head shot landscape publicity photo pink background
Carly Rae Jepsen

As Justin Bieber tweeted to his many millions of Twitter followers, after hearing it on Canadian radio in late 2011: it is “possibly the catchiest song I’ve ever heard lol”. His endorsement prompted his manager, Scooter Braun, to sign the artist, one Carly Rae Jepsen; then best known as the third-place runner-up on 2007’s Canadian Idol. 
Read more: The Guardian

99 Luftballoons
Nena


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