Monday, February 22, 2021

Music History Today: February 23, 2021

February 23, 2000: Santana won eight Grammy Awards for their album Supernatural, tying Michael Jackson's record for the most awards won in a single night.
On February 23rd, 2000, Santana claimed eight trophies, including the highly coveted Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards, for his blockbuster Supernatural LP. The album, which came out the previous year, quickly became a Number One hit and has since been certified 15 times platinum.
Santana Supernatural album cover poster artwork
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Mega-hit single “Smooth,” his unshakable collaboration with Rob Thomas, earned him two statuettes, while “El Farol” and his Eric Clapton collaboration “The Calling” won in the instrumental categories; “Put Your Lights On,” with Everlast,” earned Best Rock Vocal Performance; and “Maria Maria,” with the Product G&P, notched him a Best Pop Performance award. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

February 23, 1974: Aretha Franklin becomes the first artist to have songs peak at each of the first 10 spots on the Hot 100 when "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" fills in the gap at number 3. 

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

 "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" was originally recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1967, but his version was not released as a single. With this peak at number three, Franklin became the first artist in the history of the Hot 100 chart to have a hit song peak at each position from one to ten on the chart.
Read more: Wikipedia

 

February 23 1980: Queen took over the top spot on the Billboard chart for the next four weeks with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."  
When inspiration strikes, sometimes it's best not to overthink things. Queen singer Freddie Mercury discovered that while writing what would become the band's first No. 1 single in the U.S.

Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love photo shoot
Queen Crazy Little Thing Called
“'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' took me five or 10 minutes," Mercury said in a 1981 interview with Melody Maker. "I did that on the guitar, which I can’t play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing, because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords." Fearing that inspiration would escape him as quickly as it had found him, the singer instructed the group rush into the studio to cut the song. 
Read More: Ultimate Classic Rock

February 23, 1983: A collection of former studio musicians who call themselves Toto win Album Of The Year for "Toto IV" and Record Of The Year for "Rosanna," at the 25th Grammy Awards. 
In 1982 the members of Toto discovered an angel in their midst. Her name was Rosanna Arquette.

She was a 20-something actress whose career was still three years away from pay dirt in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan, and whose fledgling relationship with Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro meant she occasionally dropped off beers as the band recorded what would become Toto IV. 
Read more: Louder Sound

 

February 23 1991: Whitney Houston owned the number one spot on the chart with "All the Man That I Need" for the next two weeks.
"All the Man That I Need" was originally written in 1981, by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. They had Linda Clifford in mind when they wrote the song. They had previously written the song "Red Light" from Fame for her in 1980.

Whitney Houston publicity color photo head shot
Whitney Houston

Later, Pitchford revealed that although different versions of the song were made, no one was really scoring a major success with it. However, he was a close friend of Arista Records' president Clive Davis, and it was over a dinner with him that the subject of the song "All the Man That I Need" again came up. After a discussion between the two regarding the song, a demo version of it was sent to Davis. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Maria Maria
Santana


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