Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Music History Today: April 21, 2021

April 21, 1973: The Sweet entered the top ten on Billboard's Hot 100 list with "Little Willy."

"Little Willy" is a song written by songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and performed by the British glam rock band The Sweet. 

The Sweet
The Sweet

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It was released in the US in September 1972 and became their biggest hit in the US, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked it as the No. 18 song for 1973. 

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April 21, 1956:  Elvis Presley's breakout hit "Heartbreak Hotel" goes to Number 1 in America.

On 10 January 1956, Elvis Presley made his first recordings for RCA Records at The Methodist Television, Radio and TV Studios, 1525 McGavock Street, Nashville. “Heartbreak Hotel” was one of the songs recorded during this session, which was released as a single just 17 days later.

Presley had first performed “Heartbreak Hotel” during a live show in December 1955 during a tour of the Louisiana Hayride, but the song gained strong popularity after his appearance on Stage Show in March 1956. It became a staple of Presley’s repertoire in live appearances, last performed by him on May 29, 1977 at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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April 21, 1958: The Platters take the top spot for one week with "Twilight Time."

One of the best songs from one of the best vocal harmony groups of the doo wop era is the golden oldie  “Twilight Time” as sung by The Platters.  

The Platters single Twilight Time

The beautiful lyrics for “Twilight Time” were written by songwriter, producer and arranger Buck Ram. The Platters, who were managed at one point by Buck Ram, had great success with the song.  In 1958, their version rose to #1 on both the U.S. Pop Singles Chart and the R&B Chart. 

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April 21, 1973: Tony Orlando & Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" hits Number 1 in the US. 

Immediately after its release, “Tie a Yellow Rainbow ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” caught the attention of many. Not only was it a hit in the U.S. and the U.K., but it also penetrated the other parts of the world to as far as Australia and South Africa. In fact, Billboard ranked it as the 37th biggest song of all time in its 50th anniversary of the Hot 100. 
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April 21, 2004: Future Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gets voted off season three of American Idol, where she finishes in seventh place.

Unbelievably Jennifer Hudson came in 7th place on Season 3 of “American Idol.” Like Adam Lambert, Hudson has had much more success than the season’s winner, Fantasia Barrino.

Come Out With Pride-Jennifer Hudson-American Idol 3 contestant
Jennifer Hudson American Idol 3 contestant
Two years after “American Idol” Hudson started an acting career and has had parts in over a dozen films. In 2007 Hudson took home an Oscar for her performance in the 2006 movie “Dreamgirls.” Hudson is considered the most successful contestant to lose “American Idol.” 
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Little Willy

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