Friday, April 23, 2021

Music History Today: April 23, 2021

April 23, 1977: Thelma Houston's disco plea "Don't Leave Me This Way" hit Number 1 in America.

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” was more than a year old by the time Thelma Houston got to it.
Thelma Houston
Thelma Houston

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Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes recorded the song for their 1975 album Wake Up Everybody. In its original form, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was a great song. But the Thelma Houston version is so much better that it immediately turned the original into an afterthought. Houston and Davis made a masterpiece out of the song. 
Read more: Stereogum 
April 23, 1936: Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas.

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock & roll in the early '60s.

Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison

What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up for in spades with his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic narratives of unrequited love and yearning. In the process, he established rock & roll archetypes of the underdog and the hopelessly romantic loser. 
Read more: Allmusic


April 23, 1977:  "The Things We Do For Love" by 10cc topped out at Number 5 on the US music chart.

"The Things We Do for Love" is a song by British band 10cc, released as a single in 1976. It later featured on the album Deceptive Bends released in 1977 and was the group's first release after the departure of band members Godley and Creme. 
Read more: Wikipedia


April 23, 1983:  Stephen Bishop was Number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "It Might Be You."

"It Might Be You" is a song with music written by Dave Grusin, and lyrics written by Alan & Marilyn Bergman. I

t was performed by singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop in the 1982 film Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983. 
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April 23,1988: Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" hit Number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for the first of two weeks. 

The question posed in this title seeks to understand if true love actually lasts through thick and thin. 

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

As is seen in the first verse, the narrator and her lover may have been through a rough time in their relationship and decided to part ways for a period. Initially, it is unclear if the other party feels the same way, but for the narrator, she comes to the conclusion that the only lesson she learnt from the short break up is that she needs her partner even more and her life has not been the same without him. 

"Don't Leave Me This Way"
Thelma Houston

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