Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Music History Today: April 28, 2021

April 28, 1979: Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" hits number 1 in America.

'Heart of Glass' became Blondie's first #1 hit on the strength of Debbie Harry's smooth vocals, relatable lyrics, and a dance beat. 

Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry

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By the late 1970s Blondie was already one of the premiere punk rock bands staking claim in New York City but they’d yet to find major chart success with their first two albums. With the recording of “Heart of Glass,” a disco tinged pop number, the band’s third album Parallel Lines became one of the biggest hits of the decade and spawned a million new wave copycats. 
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April 28, 1958: The novelty hit "Witch Doctor" by Dave Seville tops the charts for the next two weeks.

Do you want that special someone to love you? The prescription from the witch doctor is “Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.” 

The novelty hit "Witch Doctor" by Dave Seville

Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., wrote, produced, and sang “Witch Doctor.” He released it under the name David Seville, his character as part of Alvin and the Chipmunks (that is, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore). Bagdasarian did all the voices , and he sped up the playback to create the funny chipmunk sounds. The song was a surprise success, going to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the R&B, and the Cash Box charts in 1958. 
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April 28, 1978: The movie FM, about a radio station with a motley collection of DJs, debuts in theaters. 

Directed by John A. Alonzo, FM stars Cleavon Little, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull and Alex Karras in the story of Q-SKY, a fictitious radio station based on Los Angeles' legendary KMET, and its struggles as it comes to terms with a big-business move.

Poster for the 1978 movie FM

Even though the movie features concert performances by Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett, it bombed at the box office. But its soundtrack was a hit, selling more than a million copies, with songs by Bob Seger, Boston, the Eagles and the Doobie Brothers fueling sales. Steely Dan even had a Top 30 hit with the title song. 

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April 28, 1984:  "You Might Think" by The Cars peaks at number 7 on the US hit chart.

"You Might Think" is a song by American rock band the Cars from their fifth studio album, Heartbeat City. The music video is one of the first to use computer graphics.

"You Might Think" by The Cars single cover

"You Might Think" won the first MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year and was nominated for five more awards at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards. The video also won five awards at Billboard's 1984 Video Music Awards and four awards at the Videotape Production Association's 1985 Monitor Awards. 

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April 28, 2001: Dido tops out at number 3 with "Thank You." 

"Thank You" is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Dido. The song made its first appearance in 1998, on the soundtrack of the movie Sliding Doors.

Poster for movie Sliding Doors

Dido wrote the song about the down times of depression and about how she lost her house. It remains Dido's biggest hit single in the United States to date, and her only one to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. "Thank You" was one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year, debuting in January and remaining on the chart until the end of September. It spent 40 weeks on the chart, and in November Billboard published that "Thank You" finished as the seventh biggest song of the year. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

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