Friday, March 19, 2021

Music History Today: March 20, 2021

March 20, 1982: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts brought rock & roll back when "I Love Rock 'N Roll" reached number 1.
The level of swagger on “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” is out of control. The song is so thuddingly simple, so elemental, that it could easily turn hokey and ridiculous. Instead, the opposite happens.
Joan Jett
Joan Jett
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The song already sounds totemic by the time it hits the first chorus. Joan Jett uses the song to put the full force of her tough-kid charisma on display. She makes a simple statement of musical preference sound like a rallying cry, a statement of religious truth, a come-on. She makes rock ‘n’ roll sound like something worth loving. 
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March 20, 1961: Ricky Nelson began recording "Hello Mary Lou."
"Hello Mary Lou" was written by Gene Pitney, was the B-side to Nelson's Number One hit "Travelin' Man," and was a substantial hit in its own right, peaking at Number Nine on the charts.

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

Nelson's 14th Top Ten hit in four years, it gained major national exposure when performed on his family's sitcom, The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet Show. Over the years, "Hello Mary Lou" has gone on to become one of Nelson's most covered songs.  
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March 20, 1982:  Journey's "Open Arms" spent a fourth week at number 2. It never got higher on the charts.
The song "Open Arms" by rock legends Journey was written by Jonathon Cain and Steve Perry who were both members of the band. 

Caine originally suggested the tune to the Tthe Baby's, but they thought it too sappy. When he first joined Journey he played the song for Perry on his keyboard. Perry liked it but the rest of the band wasn't convinced. They recorded it anyway and the song went on to be highest charted single for Journey. 
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March 20, 1982: Bertie Higgins was number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Key Largo."
Key Largo is an island off the coast of Florida that was the setting for the 1948 movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who were married in real life and one of the most glamorous couples in Hollywood.

Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movie poster

Bertie Higgins grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida and spent a lot of time in the Florida keys. He based this song on the movie, with a failed romance also serving as inspiration. 
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March 20, 2015: The series finale of Glee, titled "Dreams Come True," aired on FOX.
It's the end of an era: Fox's Glee closed the book on McKinley High on Friday with a two-hour series finale that revealed not only the origins of New Directions but the futures for its respective alums.

The two-part conclusion — written by creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — also paid its respects to former leading man Cory Monteith, who died in 2013 at age 31, with a scene that put the spotlight on Finn's huge heart for one final time and included a performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" from the pilot. 

I Love Rock 'n Roll
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

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