Friday, March 5, 2021

Music History Today: March 6, 2021

March 6, 2005: The American television series Intervention premiered. Its theme song, "Five Steps," was performed by The Davenports.

The Davenports are an American rock band. It formed in 2000 by Scott Klass in Brooklyn, New York.

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After performing  in the band “Smalltown Criers" with ”Fountains of Wayne" co-founder Chris Collingwood,  Scott Klass formed "The Davenports." In 2000 the band released their first album Speaking of The Davenports to positive reviews. Allmusic described the album as having “taken subtle college power pop to an infinitely pleasing level. 

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March 6, 1965:  "My Girl" by The Temptations sat atop the chart for the next week.
“My Girl,” written by Smokey Robinson and Ronnie White from The Miracles, is one of the keystone soul records of the 60s. It made The Temptations, a gifted vocal quintet that had been cutting records since 1961, major stars. 

Temptations singing group black and white phono landscape oriented
Before “My Girl,” the group had scored just one placing in the US singles Top 20. After “My Girl,” they scored a further 23. It was their first single to feature David Ruffin as lead vocalist, who had joined the group in January 1964. 
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March 6, 1982: Beauty and the Beat by the Go-Gos hit Number 1 on the album chart in America.
In 1982, the debut album from the Go-Go’s, Beauty and the Beat, went to No. 1, making the California band the first all-woman group to top the charts with songs they’d written and performed themselves.

The Go-Go's color publicity photo
The Go-Go's
It was such a big hit that the Go-Go’s were constantly misnomered as the first successful female band, ever. While this conveniently ignored the achievements of their pioneering predecessors and contemporaries, there was some truth to the idea.  
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March 6, 1983: After the Fire's cover of "Der Kommissar," moved from 55 to 31.
The song "Der Kommissar" ("the commisioner" or "police captain") was originally written and recorded by Roger Ponger and Falco in Austria in 1981. 

A year later, British rock band After The Fire recorded an English language version, while American pop singer Laura Branigan completely reworked the lyrics, ditching the original storyline about drugs and turning it into "Deep In The Dark." 
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March 6, 1993: "A Whole New World" by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle hit Number 1 for one week.
"A Whole New World" is a song from Disney's 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice.

A duet originally recorded by singers Brad Kane and Lea Salonga in their respective roles as the singing voices of the main characters Aladdin and Jasmine. A single version of the song was released that same year and was performed by American recording artists Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle.  
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Five Steps
The Davenports

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