Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Music History Today: March 31, 2021

March 31, 1995: Tejano singer Selena diedat 23 years old after being shot by her former personal assistant and former fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, in Corpus Christi, Texas.  

It was supposed to be the start of a bright new chapter.
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Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was working on her English crossover album, Dreaming of You, following the success of her four Spanish-language albums throughout Mexico and Latin America. But before she could finish her record, Selena was shot and killed by former fan club president Yolanda Saldívar on March 31, 1995. She was 23 years old. 
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March 31, 1984: "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins' hit number 1 in America. 

The movie "Footloose" earned $80 million dollars, 10 times its budget and good enough to place at #7 on the list of 1984’s highest-grossing films. 
Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins

It’s right in between the first Police Academy and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. The soundtrack album — nine songs, all co-written by author of the screenplay, Dean Pitchford — sold nine million copies in the US alone. If Pitchford and Loggins hadn’t managed to write “Footloose” together, none of that would’ve happened. 
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March 31, 1962: Connie Francis topped the American music chart with "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You."

The third and final #1 U.S. single Connie Francis had, 'don't break the heart that loves you' is the most interesting sonically.

Connie Francis
Connie Francis

The song opens with a backing quartet of male vocalists before Francis enters the song. It's all very theatrical and makes sense considering that Francis was also a hot Hollywood commodity when this song was recorded. What stands out most about 'don't break the heart that loves you' is the awesome two-part vocal harmony as layered by Francis herself. 
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March 31, 1975: Freddy Fender was Number 1 in the US with "Before the Next Teardrop Falls."

Originally penned by Vivian Keith and Ben Peters, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” is an American country and pop song famously recorded by Freddy Fender. Recorded more than two dozen times, the song was written in 1967.

Freddy Fender
Freddy Fender

Aside from the success of Fender and his band, Texas Tornados, with this song, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” had achieved its success in different versions and covers from a number of artists. 

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March 31, 2001: The new song at number 1 was "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon.

"Angel" is a song by Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy featuring additional vocals from Barbadian singer Rayvon. Containing samples from Steve Miller Band's "The Joker" and the Chip Taylor-written "Angel of the Morning", it was released to radio in 2000 as the follow-up to Shaggy's international number-one hit, "It Wasn't Me".


Angel" uses the bassline from "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band (1973). The chorus melody is from "Angel of the Morning", originally written and composed by Chip Taylor, that has been recorded numerous times and has been a hit single for various artists including Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton, Nina Simone, P. P. Arnold, Olivia Newton-John, The Pretenders/Chrissie Hynde, Dusty Springfield, Mary Mason, Melba Montgomery, Vagiant, Billie Davis, Bonnie Tyler, Rita Wilson, and Skeeter Davis. 

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