Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Music History Today: April 8, 2021

April 8, 1989: "The Look" by Roxette hits  number 1 on the Hot 100.

"The Look" by the Swedish pop duo Roxette was released in early 1989 as the fourth single from their second studio album, Look Sharp!. It became an international hit, and was one of the most successful singles of 1989. It topped the charts in 25 countries, and was the first of their four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100.

Roxette
Roxette

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When "The Look" was about to be released in Sweden as the fourth single, an American exchange student from Minnesota named Dean Cushman returned from Sweden and urged his local Top 40 radio station KDWB in Minneapolis to play the song. It quickly became popular, and the station began distributing the track to their sister radio operations. 

Read more: Wikipedia

April 8, 1973: Gilbert O'Sullivan scored his second UK  number 1 with "Get Down." It reached number 7 in the US.

Get Down was the first single from O’Sullivan’s third album I’m a Writer, Not a Fighter. Keen for another image change, this LP saw O’Sullivan dabbling his toes in rock and funk and using keyboards rather than the piano. 

Gilbert O'Sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan

Get Down is a very different beast to O’Sullivan’s previous best-seller and ode to a little girl, Clair, but is problematic for a different reason. Either we take Get Down literally and it’s a bit of froth about his dog, or he’s talking down to a woman in a very derogatory way. 

Read more: Every UK Number 1


April 8, 1978: Eddie Money saw his first US hit, "Baby Hold On" enter the Billboard chart, where it would reach number 11.

"Baby Hold On" is a song recorded by American rock singer Eddie Money. It was written by Money and guitarist Jimmy Lyon and released in 1978 as the first single from Money's debut album Eddie Money.

Eddie Money
Eddie Money

The lyrics alter the borrowed refrain "Whatever will be, will be/The future's NOT ours to see" from the Doris Day song "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans to "Whatever will be, will be/the future IS ours to see". However, both Evans and Livingston filed a lawsuit against Money for not asking them beforehand for the use of their lyrics. The suit was settled out of court, with Money agreeing to pay for the damages. 

Read more: Wikipedia

April 8, 1997: Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro dies at age 49 of ovarian cancer.

Laura Nyro was a true original. In a musical landscape that often bestows success on those who hew to established trends, she resolutely marched to her own drummer. Nyro created truly remarkable songs whose unique sound drew from a variety of genres, including jazz, pop, rock, soul, and show tunes. 

Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro

Her fans include Todd Rundgren, Elton John, Rickie Lee Jones, Alice Cooper, and Elvis Costello. Her albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, and her collaboration with Labelle, Gonna Take A Miracle, are cited as bona fide classics by fans and critics alike. 
Read more: Culture Sonar

 

April 8, 2000: Santana returned to the top of the US singles chart for the second time in six months with "Maria Maria."

Maria Maria was co-written and produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis. Duplessis was the bass player for the Fugees, and, besides a distinguished songwriting career, is enjoying success with film soundtracks. Wyclef Jean, a rapper/singer/producer who was one of the main members of the Fugees trio, is Duplessis’ cousin. It was Jean’s discovery, hip-hop duo, The Product G&B, that provide vocals on Maria Maria. 
Read more: Ultimate Santana

"The Look"
Roxette

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