Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Music History Today: April 15, 2021

April 15, 1989: The Fine Young Cannibals had the first of two chart-topping hits with "She Drives Me Crazy."
Two music videos were produced for "She Drives Me Crazy.", one by Philippe Decouflé and another by Pedro Romhanyi. 

Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibals

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As with Decouflé's only other music video, for New Order's "True Faith", his version includes extensive choreography and performers in unusual costumes. One looks like a pillow and another resembles the title character from the movie Beetlejuice. The video received several nominations at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, including "Best Video". 
Read more: Wikipedia
April 15, 1978: Natalie Cole peaked at number 10 on the hit chart with "Our Love."
By the late 1970s, Natalie Cole was well and truly more than just, in the public eye, the daughter of Nat King Cole. 
Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
The Los Angeles chanteuse with the famous father had already released four solo studio albums in the wake of her debut crossover smash single “This Will Be,” and all of them went either gold or platinum in the US, as well as building her international audience. The fourth, Thankful, appeared in November 1977 and immediately offered up her next R&B chart entry, the smooth and sultry ballad “Our Love.” 
Read more: U Discover Music

April 15, 1967: "Jimmy Mack" by Martha & the Vandellas peaked at number 10 on the Hot 100 chart.

The Marvelettes may have been the first successful girl group to emerge out of Motown, and the Supremes may have been the most popular, but Martha & the Vandellas were the most potent, combining equal parts gospel righteousness and playful sass.

Martha & the Vandellas
Martha & the Vandellas

Martha Reeves’ no-nonsense alto, which made even the most lighthearted dance song sound like a manifesto, was squarely framed by Rosalind Ashford’s soprano and Annette Beard’s (later Betty Kelly’s) contralto. Their reign may not have lasted long, but in the year or two between the decline of the Marvelettes and the ascent of the Supremes, the Vandellas were the queens of Motown. 
Read more: Rebeat 

April 15, 1967: "Somethin' Stupid" made Nancy and Frank Sinatra the only father and daughter team with a US chart-topping single.  "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole and Nat "King" Cole reached number 14 in 1991.

April 15, 1989:  "You Got It" by Roy Orbison reached the Top 10 four months after his heart attack death.

"You Got It" is a song from Roy Orbison's twenty-second studio album, Mystery Girl. The song was released posthumously in January 1989 with "The Only One" as the B-side and  with "Crying" - the version with k.d. lang - shortly thereafter. The A-side reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, returning Orbison to the top 10 for the first time in 25 years. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 "She Drives Me Crazy"
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