Saturday, March 27, 2021

Music History Today: March 27, 2021

March 27, 2001: "Drops of Jupiter" by Train is released.

Pat Monahan wrote “Drops of Jupiter” soon after his mom had passed away following a battle with cancer. In the song, he imagines that after dying his mom’s spirit could go anywhere, and so a person would be likely to go explore the universe. 

 

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As he explained in a Buzzfeed News interview, “It’s a story about my mother coming back after like swimming through the planets and finding her way through the universe, and coming back to tell me that heaven was overrated and to love this life, you know?”  
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March 27, 1965: The Supremes' "Stop! In The Name Of Love" hits number 1 in the US, making them the first act with four consecutive number 1 singles on the Hot 100.

The name of The Supremes will go down the history of music as the first group to reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 not twice, not thrice but for five times consecutively. With three number one hits ‘Where Did Our Love Go,’ ‘Baby Love’ and ‘Come See About Me,’ the trio was indeed, reigning supreme. The fourth and most defining song to follow was ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love’ and it came as a declaration of their omnipotent status. Released in February 1965, it conquered the charts within five weeks. 

Read more: Far Out Magazine

March 27, 1967: The Young Rascals record "Groovin'."

The Young Rascals nabbed a pair of hits in 1966 with the rollicking organ-driven “Good Lovin'” and the stomping hard rock of “You Better Run.”  Early 1967 saw the band garner subsequent success with the soul popping “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long.”  

Young Rascals

Groovin’, the Young Rascals’ third album, raised their profile even higher. Not only did the disc produce further hot-selling singles, but revealed tremendous artistic growth. Climbing to No. 1 in the spring of 1967, the title track of the album strolled casually alongside rippling waves of Caribbean-flavored rhythms. Soulful and sensuous, “Groovin'” articulated the joy of “groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon” in vivid splendor. 

Read more: Something Else Reviews

 

March 27, 1971: Ocean had one of the hottest new songs as "Put Your Hand In The Hand" rose from 71 to 37.

Put Your Hand in the Hand was originally written for Anne Murray but was not released as a single. It wasn’t until the group Ocean released the song as their first single that it became a hit. The single skyrocketed to #2 on the Billboard Charts with the album reaching #1 in Canada and #2 in the USA, selling over 2 million copies. 
Read more: Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

 

March 27, 1995: The British boy band Take That releases its most successful single, "Back For Good." 

"Back for Good" by Take That was written by Gary Barlow, who also sang lead vocals on the track. Barlow claimed he wrote the song in just 15 minutes, and it was included on their 1995 album Nobody Else.

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Take That

In an unusual move, the song was unveiled for the first time at the 1995 BRIT Awards. As it was the age before the Internet, demand was so high for the song, that its release date was brought forward. The song was made available to the media an unprecedented six weeks before release, a rarity at the time. 

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