Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Music History Today: March 11, 2021

March 11, 2006: "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt goes to number 1 in America. 

The lyrics to "You're Beautiful" are actually based on a chance encounter James Blunt had in real life with his ex-girlfriend. She is the addressee. And the way the story goes is that they crossed paths one day on London’s subway. Moreover at the time he was so “high” that she is able to notice it.

James Blunt

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Additionally, as the first verse elucidates, she was actually moving with another guy when he saw her. We are also made aware that she “smiled” at him. Now this simple gesture, along with him once again being smitten by her beauty, makes him conclude that the two of them have just “shared a moment”. And resultantly the singer decides to devise “a plan” in spite of her already having a partner. 

Read more: Song Meanings+Facts

March 11, 1965: Tom Jones scored the first of 16 number 1 songs in the U.K. with "It's Not Unusual."

“It’s Not Unusual” is a song written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills, first recorded by a then-unknown Tom Jones, after having first been offered to Sandie Shaw. 

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Tom Jones

Jones recorded what was intended to be a demo for Shaw, but when she heard it she was so impressed with Jones’ delivery that she declined the song and recommended that Jones release it himself. The record was the second Decca single Jones released, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1965. It was also the first hit for Jones in the US, peaking at No. 10 in May of that year. 
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March 11, 1967: "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" by The Supremes takes over the top spot for the next week.

“Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” is the first song that the Supremes recorded outside of Detroit. You can hear the difference. When the Supremes made “Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone,” Holland-Dozier-Holland were out in Los Angeles, scouting out possible studios.

The Supremes
The Supremes

“Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” still sounds very much like a Holland-Dozier-Holland song. It’s built from the tension of the music, rich and sweet and welcoming, and the drowning-in-sadness sentiments of the lyrics. As ever, Diana Ross walks the line, hinting at the deep emptiness of those lyrics while still fighting to maintain her poise. 
Read more: Stereogum

March 11, 1970: Joe South won the Grammy for Song of the Year with "Games People Play."

"Games People Play" is a protest song whose lyrics speak against various forms of hatred, hypocrisy, inhumanity, intolerance, and irresponsibility, in both interpersonal and social interactions between people. Billboard favorably reviewed the song some three months after its release and eight weeks before it finally reached the Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 11, 1989: "Second Chance," 38 Special's biggest hit,  enters the Billboard charts where it will reach number 6 on the Hot 100 and number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. 

"Second Chance" began as a song written by Jeff Carlisi and Cal Curtis in 1983 entitled "I Never Wanted Anyone Else But You," which was only recorded as a demo. According to Carlisi, 38 Special's original frontman Don Barnes didn't wish the band to record the song.

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When Max Carl replaced Don Barnes in 38 Special in 1988, Carlisi played the demo of "I Never Wanted Anyone Else But You" for Carl who remarked that "the guy in the song sounded like a real jerk." 

Carlisi replied: "Yeah, but a lot of people have been through this and want forgiveness."  "Yeah, maybe the guy needs a second chance" Carl responded, leading to the song's being reworked with the new lyric. 

Read more: Wikipedia

You're Beautiful
James Blunt

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