Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Music History Today: March 24, 2021

March 24, 2001: Crazy Town had the Number 1 song with "Butterfly."

Writing a completely sincere love song is difficult – without the protective layers of irony, metaphor and bravado, laying one’s heart bare is an extraordinarily hard thing to do, rendering oneself emotionally vulnerable. 

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Nevertheless, that was what Crazy Town set out to do with Butterfly – write a truly heartfelt love song. They mentioned nipples in the second line of the first verse, so it could be argued they didn’t quite succeed on those merits. However, Butterfly was a massive hit. It reached number one in the Billboard charts and helped the album, The Gift Of Game, shift an impressive million and a half copies. 

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March 24, 1973: "Love Train" by The O'Jays sat on top the charts.

"Love Train" entered the Hot 100's top 40 on January 27, 1973, the same day that the Paris Peace Accords were signed. The song's lyrics of unity mention a number of countries, including England, Russia, China, Egypt and Israel, as well as the continent of Africa. Recorded at Philadelphia's Sigma Sound Studios, the house band MFSB provided the backing. Besides its release as a single, "Love Train" was the last song on The O'Jays' album Back Stabbers.  
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March 24, 1979: Disco was strong as the Bee Gees' "Tragedy" hit Number 1 in the US.

No disco act saw more success than the three Gibb brothers from Australia. Formed by Barry, Robin and Maurice in 1958, the group sold over 220 million albums worldwide and had countless number one hits, ranging from the sublime ’60s pop of “Words” and “To Love Somebody,” to funky ’70s mainstays like “Stayin’ Alive” and “Tragedy.”

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But tragedy has also marked their personal lives. The Gibb’s youngest brother, Andy—a singer in his own right—occasionally performed with the group, and saw solo success with his 1976 hit, “I Just Want to Be Your Everything.” But the promising star battled a terrible addiction to cocaine, and his career eventually fizzled. In 1988, at age 30, Andy died from complications owing to years of drug abuse. 

Read more: People

March 24, 1975: Grand Funk released the single "Bad Time."

"Bad Time" was written by Mark Farner and appeared on the band's 1974 album, All the Girls in the World Beware!!!

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Grand Funk

It was the group's fourth and final single to reach the Top 10 and their final Top 40 hit in the U.S. "Bad Time" marked the end of the group's two-year run as Grand Funk, during which time they scored all their major hits. Following this release, their name reverted to Grand Funk Railroad. 

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March 24, 1983: Eddy Grant released "Electric Avenue."

Eddy Grant’s musical life has lasted the better part of 50 years. First finding success as a teenager in the 1960s with the Equals, he quit the band after a car accident and a heart attack at the age of 23.
Eddy Grant
Eddy Grant
Then he built his own studio, transitioning from a touring life to the production side of the music business. But after some vocal lessons he began a solo career, which led to even greater success with songs like “Electric Avenue,” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” the latter of which he is convinced would have been a bigger hit in the US if only “Electric Avenue” wasn’t such a hit. 
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