Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Music History Today: April 27, 2021

April 27, 1984: "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister was released as a single.

"We're Not Gonna Take It," by the hair metal act Twisted Sister, was once named among the "Filthy 15" songs singled out for offensive content and brought before Congress by concerned parents in the 1980s. 

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It's also an indelible hit, whose instantly recognizable hook practically invites the listener to shout along. According to frontman Dee Snider, that was very much the point. 

Read more: NPR

April 27, 1964:  The Dixie Cups released the single "Chapel Of Love."

The Dixie Cup were a trio from New Orleans, two sisters and one cousin.

The Dixie Cups girl band
The Dixie Cups

Their manager had brought them to New York to sing for Leiber and Stoller, and “Chapel Of Love” ended up being the first single released on Red Bird, the label that they co-founded. Leiber and Stoller co-produced the song with Greenwich and Barry, and the result is one of those immortal girl-group bangers that derives all its power from its simplicity. 
Read more: Stereogum

 

April 27, 1968: The Box Tops peaked number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Cry Like A Baby."

"Cry Like a Baby" is a 1968 song written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, and performed by The Box Tops. The song reached #2 in April 1968 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position which it held for two weeks. It was kept out of the top spot by Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey", which stayed at #1 for five weeks. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 27, 1974: "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" by Jim Croce peaked at number  9 on the Hot 100 chart.

jim Croce was killed in a small-plane crash in September 1973, the same week that a 45RPM single, the title cut from his studio album I Got a Name was released. After the delayed release of a song from his previous album ("Time in a Bottle") in late 1973, "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" was chosen as the second single released from his final studio album. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 27, 1985: DeBarge had the number 1 R&B song with "Rhythm Of The Night."

The most celebrated performing family at Motown? The Jackson 5, of course. 

DeBarge
DeBarge

So it’s no surprise, perhaps, that another set of siblings signed to the company should have a connection to the boys from Gary, Indiana: it was Jermaine Jackson himself who heard music makers Tommy and Bobby DeBarge and helped their group, Switch, join Motown in 1977. On their debut album, Jermaine wrote and produced “I Wanna Be Closer,” and executive-produced the whole package with wife Hazel. 
Read more: Classic Motown

 

We're Not Gonna Take It
Twisted Sister 

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