Monday, March 8, 2021

Music History Today: March 9, 2021

March 9: 1985: "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon hits Number 1 for the first of 3 weeks.

REO Speedwagon had already been around for more than a decade before they had their one glorious year of commercial dominance.
REO Speedwagon 1980s publicity color picture
REO Speedwagon

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 In 1981 — the last year before the advent of MTV reshaped American pop-music tastes — REO Speedwagon eclipsed all their studio-rock peers. Their album Hi Infidelity was the best-selling album in America that year, and they scored their first #1 hit with  “Keep On Loving You” and made it into the top 10 with “Take It On The Run,” which peaked at #5. 
Read more: Stereogum

March 9, 1968: Four Grammy Awards are presented to The Fifth Dimension for "Up, Up and Away." 

"Up, Up and Away" was written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by the Fifth Dimension in 1967. The instrumental backing was performed by members of the Wrecking Crew, It reached No. 7 in July 1967 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart and No. 9 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart. The song placed No. 43 on BMI's "Top 100 Songs of the Century." 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

March 9, 1968: The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is named Album of the Year.

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been hailed by critics and listeners as the greatest in the history of rock music. 

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band picture of the Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

It has also been recognized as a groundbreaking work that pushed the recording-studio technology of the late 1960s to the limit. 

Read more: NPR

 

March 9, 1970:  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the single "Woodstock."

Joni Mitchell composed the song based on what she had heard from her then-boyfriend Graham Nash about the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. 

Woodstock

She had not been there herself. She composed it in a hotel room in New York City, watching televised reports of the festival. 

Read more: Wikipedia

March 9, 1993: Sting releases his fourth solo album, Ten Summoner's Tales, which contains the hit "Fields of Gold."

Sting wrote the track after he bought a house near a barley field. The sunsets and the colours of the field helped inspired the lyrics, along with his love for wife.

Sting publicty photo out in a field of gold
Sting

Despite being one of Sting's signature songs, it surprisingly wasn't ever a big hit for the former Police frontman. The single only reached number 16 in the UK, and number 23 in the US in 1993. 

Read more: Smooth Radio

 

Can't Fight This Feeling
REO 
Speedwagon

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