Friday, March 4, 2022

Music History Today: March 5, 2022

March 5, 2006: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" by Three 6 Mafia, from the movie Hustle & Flow, won an Oscar for Best Song.
"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" is the theme song to the American drama film Hustle & Flow.

Hustle & Flow movie poster\

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It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and in 2006 was ranked number 80 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop". Three 6 Mafia became the first hip hop group to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the first hip hop artists to perform at the ceremony. 
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March 5, 1951: Ike Turner's bandmate, Willie Kizart, discovered guitar distortion playing "Rocket 88" with an amp that fell out of a van.
"Rocket 88," credited to "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats," was one of the first examples of distortion, or fuzz guitar recorded, played by the band's guitarist Willie Kizart.

Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats concert poster

The legend of how the sound came about says that Kizart's amplifier was damaged on Highway 61 when the band was driving from Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 5, 1966: "The Ballad of the Green Berets," by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler, began a five-week run at the top of the US music chart. 
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler was a medic with US Special Forces and arrived in Vietnam with the first deployment of combat troops. In May 1965 Sadler suffered a leg wound from a punji spike daubed in human excrement. He penned Ballad of the Green Berets, a song about his unit, while recovering from the subsequent infection. 
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March 5, 1982: John Belushi of The Blues Brothers, 33, died of a drug overdose in Los Angeles. 

Whether celebrated as a sincere tribute or derided as a tongue-in-cheek put-on, the Blues Brothers -- Joliet Jake and his silent brother Elwood -- was among the most popular groups of the late '70s.

The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers
What started as a skit on the hit NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live quickly snowballed to become a true phenomenon, complete with hit records, a sold-out concert tour, and even a feature film. 
Read more: Allmusic 


March 5, 1988: Cher's "I Found Someone" reached Number 10 on the American Top 40 chart.
"I Found Someone" was originally written and composed for Laura Branigan by Michael Bolton and Touch keyboardist Mark Mangold. The song was a bigger hit for Cher in 1987. 

Cher 1988
Cher 1988

 Part of a much-heralded musical comeback at the height of her movie career, a big-budget music video featured the singer-actress with her then-boyfriend Rob Camilletti. The couple were a big story in the tabloids at the time. 

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Hustle & Flow
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