Saturday, March 13, 2021

Music History Today: March 14, 2021

March 14, 1990: Heart released the single "All I Wanna' Do Is Make Love To You."

By this point in its career, the band had already established itself as a prolific rock outfit. The '70s saw the group score hits with a series of self-authored songs.

Heart
Heart

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After a period of declining popularity, Heart enjoyed a mid-'80s comeback by embracing songs penned by other writers. For their 1990 album Brigade, the band would again use an assortment of outside writers. It was Mutt Lange - the legendary producer who worked with AC/DC, Foreigner, Def Leppard and a bevy of other artists - who authored its lead single, “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You.” 

Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

March 14, 1958: The first ever Gold Record is awarded for sales of a million copies. It goes to Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star."

"Catch a Falling Star" is a song written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss.The song's melody is based on a theme from Brahms' Academic Festival Overture. 

Perry Como

Perry Como's version features the Ray Charles Singers, who sing the refrain as a repeated round. It was Como's last #1 hit,[1] reaching #1 on the Billboard "Most Played by Jockeys" chart but not in the overall top 100, where it reached #3. 

Read more: Wikipedia

March 14, 1981: Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb rose to number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with their duet, "What Kind Of Fool."

Bee Gees star Barry Gibb and singing sensation Barbra Streisand were presenting a Grammy Award when the Australian superstar gently kissed the Funny Girl actress as the world watched on.

Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb


The pair were Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male at the 23rd annual Grammy Awards in 1981 when the beautiful moment took place. After an introduction from Simon & Garfunkel's Paul Simon, Barbra and Barry walk on stage holding hands and to a standing ovation and to give a little presentation of their own. 

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March 14, 1987:  Huey Lewis & The News scored their third number 1 record in the US with a Bruce Hornsby composition, "Jacob's Ladder."

Huey Lewis And The News' 1983 album, Sports, is their canonical work. But Lewis and his band had nothing to do with writing “Jacob’s Ladder.”  
Huey Lewis & The News
Huey Lewis And The News
Instead, the song came from two friends of Lewis, one of whom had become a star on his own by the time “Jacob’s Ladder” hit. Lewis met Bruce Hornsby and his brother John in 1981, when they were a team of struggling songwriters who were new to Los Angeles. They’d written a smirky, satirical song called “Let The Girls Rock,” and Lewis wanted to record it. 
Read more: Stereogum

March 14 1998: Will Smith captures the top spot on the charts with his song "Gettin' Jiggy wit It.”

Will Smith’s 1998 number-one hit “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” would have been perfect for our current era of YouTube covers.

Will Smith
Will Smith

First and foremost, the song was massive. It topped the charts for three weeks and won Smith his second-consecutive Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. But more specifically, the simple novelty number boasts an instantly-identifiable hook (“Na na na na na na na…”) that would remain recognizable transposed into any genre. 

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All I Wanna' Do Is
Make Love To You
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