Friday, February 26, 2021

Music History Today: February 27, 2021

February 27, 1980: "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers won both Record and Song of the Year honors at the Grammys.

There weren’t a whole lot of #1 singles in 1979 that didn’t at least nod toward disco. The Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes” stood out. 
The Doobie Brothers’ band color publicity photo for “What A Fool Believes”
The Doobie Brothers
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It wasn’t disco. It wasn’t funky Dixieland, either. Today, the song is considered a foundational yacht rock classic. But yacht rock wasn’t an actual genre; it was a retrospective category. Instead, “What A Fool Believes” was vaguely soulful soft rock, written by two of the key figures in the coming smoothed-out moment and recorded by a band in transition. 
Read more: Stereogum

February 27, 1954: "Secret Love" by Doris Day hits the top of the charts.

Doris Day started her career as a big band singer in 1939 and made her big break in 1945 when her song “Sentimental Journey” went number one on the charts.

Doris Day portrait painted in blue
Doris Day

Once Day was an established singer, she tried her hand at acting. Of all her movies the one that stood out to us the most, 1953’s Calamity Jane. The movie musical is based on real, historical figures and the alleged romance between Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hillcock, whom she realizes she is in love with alter in the movie. Once she does, she sings “Secret Love.”  

Read more: Country Music Nation

 

February 27, 1961: Chubby Checker's "Pony Time" hits number 1 in America for the first of five weeks.

Chubby Checker is remembered as a B-list legend of those early rock ‘n’ roll days. And fair enough! He was pretty good!

On the hook of “Pony Time,” his second #1, Checker assures the dancers that “you gonna look real fine.” He is lying. Based on all televisual evidence, nobody looked cool when doing the Pony — Checker himself very much included. It is a stupid dance. Like the “Gangnam Style” dance, it’s based on the idea of pretending that you’re riding a horse, except it’s somehow much more awkward. 
Read more: Stereogum

 

February 27, 1971: Janis Joplin's album Pearl hits number 1 in the US, where it stays for nine weeks.
Janis’ last. Fortunately, Pearl is a good record and Janis is often magnificent. The voice cut off was clearly in its prime. 

Janis Joplin art full body length tan, pink, yellow
Janis Joplin art

Her last album can’t simply be an occasion for evaluation. The fact that there will be no more studio albums inevitably outweighs the issue of how good or how bad the record might be. Besides, Janis was a heavy, and had incredible presence whether at the top or bottom of her form. She was a remarkable, if erratic, singer, and she proved it, live and on record. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

 

February 27, 1981: The Who release "You Better You Bet," their first single since the death of their drummer, Keith Moon, in 1978.

“You Better You Bet" appeared as the first track on The Who’s 1981 album “Face Dances.” 

The song is performed by Roger Daltrey with backing vocals from Pete Townshend and bassist John Entwistle.It became a hit and one of The Who’s most recognizable songs. It was the last single by the band that reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 18. 

Read more: Rock and Roll Garage

 

What a Fool Believes
The Doobie Brothers

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