Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Music History Today: May 12, 2021

May 12, 2013: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" on the International Space Station and posted it to YouTube.
In 2013, while rotating around the Earth, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of David Bowie's early career hit, Space Oddity.
Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield

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It started as a little "family project", he told Lateline — something fun to do with his son, back on Earth, while he was aboard the International Space Station. Four years later, the music video they created and released has been viewed more than 35 million times, and Hadfield, now retired, has become one of the best-loved figures in seven decades of space exploration. 
Read more: ABC News
May 12, 1958: Link Wray's guitar instrumental "Rumble" first appeared on the Billboard Top 100 chart at Number 81.
He has been called the “missing link” in rock guitar, the connecting force between the early blues guitarists and the later guitar gods of the 1960s (Hendrix, Clapton, Page). 

He’s the father of distortion and fuzz, the originator of the power chord and the godfather of metal. He seems to be as well the reason the word “thrash” was invented, or at least applied to music. Link Wray (1929-2005) had a long rock career and released several successful, critically-lauded albums, but his legend is largely tied to his 1958 two and a half-minute instrumental “Rumble.” 


May 12, 1973: Dobie Gray's hit Drift Away made it to Number 3 in America. 

Best known for his 1973 smash “Drift Away,” Dobie Gray was a versatile vocalist who could handle soul, country, and pop, not to mention musical theater.  

Dobie Gray
Dobie Gray

Gray’s origins are somewhat ill-defined; different sources alternately list his birth name as Leonard Victor Ainsworth or Laurence Darrow Brown, and his Texas birthplace as Brookshire or Simonton.

Read more: Country Thang Daily


May 12, 1979: "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"He's the Greatest Dancer" was released as the lead single from the album at the beginning of 1979 crossing over from the clubs – its 12″ version was shared by the "We Are Family" and "Lost in Music" tracks" – to R&B radio giving Sister Sledge a number one hit on both Billboard's Dance and R&B charts in March 1979. 

Sister Sledge
Sister Sledge

The song reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in May; it might have risen higher except that, in the same month, Atlantic Records, prompted by the overwhelming club response to "We Are Family," sent the last-named track to radio. The song was also a hit in Australia, the Netherlands and the UK. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 19, 1984: "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," a duet with Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, topped out at Number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"To All the Girls I've Loved Before" is a classic country music duet from 1984 with Willie Nelson and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. The song, which hit number one on the country charts, helped get Iglesias on the map with the English language market. 
Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson

The song was written by Hal David and Albert Hammond and originally released on Hammond's album 99 Miles From L.A. But the 1984 version from Iglesias's album 1100 Bel Air Place was the more famous of the two,. It also won Iglesias and the "Always On My Mind" singer Duo of the Year from CMA and Single of the Year from the Academy of Country Music. 
Read more: Wide Open Country

Space Oddity
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