Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Music History Today: March 3, 2021

March 3, 2012:  On this date, Adele became the first female artist in the Rock Era to place three singles in the Top 10 simultaneously: "Rolling In The Deep," "Someone Like You," and "Set Fire To The Rain."

Adele's career so far has been a story in numbers — and not just the ones in her album titles. Her latest LP, 25, has sold more copies than any other album in its first week of release — more than 2.4 million so far — and the week is only half over.

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Its first single, "Hello," has been the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since it came out four weeks ago. It's quaint to think that, before 25 was launched upon an adoring public, Adele was expressing concern that her fans might have forgotten about her in the nearly five years since 21, a record-breaker in its own right.  
Read more: NPR
March 3, 1966:  Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles, California.
Buffalo Springfield's time was short -- they formed in 1966 and split in 1968 -- but their legacy was vast. 

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Some of their legend was cultivated in the ensuing decades, after founding members Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young went on to fame either on their own or with such groups as Poco and Manassas, but much of it rested upon "For What It's Worth," a protest song written and sung by Stills, that not only became their Top Ten breakthrough in 1967 but their enduring anthem, eventually serving as shorthand for all the political turmoil of the 1960s. 
Read more: Allmusic

March 3, 1969:  The 5th Dimension released the single "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In."

“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in” is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair, released as a single by The 5th Dimension, an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway. The decision of The 5th Dimension to combine two songs from that revolutionary rock musical can be ascribed to an incident.

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One day, their lead singer left his wallet in a New York City cab; the man who found it was involved in the production of “Hair” and invited the group to see the show. It was then that they got the idea to create a medley of “The Age of Aquarius” with another musical moment from the show, a few bars from the song “The Flesh Failures”, consisting only of the repeated words “let the sunshine in.”  

Read more: Words, Music, & Stories

March 3, 1973: Elton John's album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player hits number 1 in America, where it stays for two weeks. 

Visually, musically, and in every other way, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player is an engaging entertainment and a nice step forward in phase two of Elton John’s career, the phase that began with Honky Chateau.
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The essence of Elton’s personality, on record and in performance, has always been innocent exuberance, a quality intrinsic in most of the best rock ‘n’ roll of the Fifties and early Sixties. 
Read more: Rolling Stones

March 3, 1984:  Rockwell with considerable help from Michael Jackson had the new R&B number 1 with "Somebody's Watching Me."

Lenny Kravitz says that he was almost the original singer for the 1984 hit “Somebody’s Watching Me,” which he revealed in his recent memoir Let Love Rule and expounded on in a new Rolling Stone interview. 


 

While attending Beverly Hills High School in the early ’80s, Kravitz became friends with Kennedy Gordy, the son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. Eventually, Gordy would go on to make his own project called Rockwell and put out “Somebody’s Watching Me” on his own, complete with help from Michael and Jermaine Jackson and his father. But before that he showed the song to Kravitz and said that he should sing it. 

Read more: Stereogum

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