Sunday, April 11, 2021

Music History Today: April 12, 2021

April 12, 1975: Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom," named after the professional tennis team his friend Billie Jean King coaches, hits number 1 on the Hot 100.

The Philadelphia of “Philadelphia Freedom” certainly sounds like an abstraction. Elton John usually took whatever lyrics his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin gave him, and then he fashioned those lyrics into songs. 
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But “Philadelphia Freedom” was one of the rare occasions where Elton John gave Bernie Taupin something to write. Elton wanted a song called “Philadelphia Freedom,” and Taupin had to come up with something. Later on, Taupin more or less admitted that his lyrics meant nothing. 
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April 12, 1975: 10cc released the single "I'm Not In Love" in the USA.

10cc's 1975 number one single 'I'm Not in Love' is one of the greatest ballads ever made. With its never-ending harmonies and heartbreaking lyrics, it became an instant classic and is a truly timeless song.

10cc
10cc

Written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, Stewart came up with the idea for the song after his wife of eight years asked him why he didn't say "I love you" more often. He said: "I had this crazy idea in my mind that repeating those words would somehow degrade the meaning, so I told her, 'Well, if I say every day "I love you, darling, I love you, blah, blah, blah", it's not gonna mean anything eventually'." 

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April 12, 1976: Bob Seger, a local talent in Michigan, releases Live Bullet. The album makes him a national act.

Bob Seger had toiled on the road with a variety of backing bands for a decade by the time he stepped on the stage of Cobo Hall in his hometown of Detroit on September 4-5, 1975. He’d only had one real commercial hit, with the single “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” back in 1968. 

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Concert
 Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Concert


But in 1975 Seger did have a relatively new asset, an aggregation of musicians he called the Silver Bullet Band. “We were doing 250 to 300 shows a year,” Seger said of that time with the group. “They were the first band that was really behind me all the way. They all believed in me. We just had that show down.” 

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April 12, 1989: Garth Brooks releases his debut album, Garth Brooks.
At the time of Garth Brooks' release, Brooks was already storming up the charts with the record's first single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," which became the Oklahoma native's first Top 10 hit. Brooks' freshman disc spawned three more Top 10 singles, including his second single, "If Tomorrow Never Comes," which became his first No. 1 hit.

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

Brooks, who co-wrote five of the 10 songs on Garth Brooks, admits that he had no idea how much his life would be affected by his freshman project. The fourth and final single from Garth Brooks was "The Dance," which stayed at the top of the charts for three weeks and became one of the biggest singles of Brooks' career. 
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April 12, 1999: Backstreet Boys release "I Want It That Way."
"I Want It That Way" was released as the lead single from the Backstreet Boys third studio album, Millennium. It was written by Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson, while Martin and Kristian Lundin produced it. The pop ballad talks about a relationship strained by matters of emotional or physical distance.

Backstreet Boys third studio album, Millennium

Critically, the song was met with positive reception, with many critics commending its catchiness, also calling it the pop ballad of the year. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Song and Record of the Year, and has been included in lists by Blender, MTV, Rolling Stone and VH1. 
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Philadelphia Freedom
Elton John 

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