Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Music History Today: May 13, 2021

May 13, 2002: "Without Me" is released from the album The Eminem Show.

Eminem's nearly 20-year-old song, "Without Me," shows the more braggadocios side of the Detroit-bred rapper. The track, which appears on Em's fourth studio album, The Eminem Show, also peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 back on June 29, 2002. The track also appeared on the Suicide Squad soundtrack in 2016.

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The Grammy Award-winning song, which earned the honor for Record of the Year in 2003, is five minutes of pretentious free-flow rhymes, in which Eminem places himself at the center of everyone's universe while expounding on his self-proclaimed importance to the industry and the rap game. 

Read more: XXL Magazine

May 13, 1967: The Supremes occupied the top spot on the American music chart with "The Happening."

This Ross tune was a classic case of a song being far better remembered than the film for which it was the theme. 

The Happening was a period piece about hippies and the mafia that starred Anthony Quinn. Both the single and its b-side, ‘All I Know About You,’ were featured in the film, which provided the big screen debut of Faye Dunaway. 

Read more: U Discover Music

May 13, 1978: "Count On Me" by Jefferson Starship peaked at Number 8 in the US.

"Count on Me" was written by Jesse Barish for the album Earth. The single, in lighter rock mode, gave Starship another US Top 10 hit after "Miracles". It was featured in the end credits to the movies Grown Ups and The Family Stone. 
Read more: Wikipedia


May 13, 1985: Dire Straits released the studio album Brothers in Arms.

‘Brothers in Arms’ is the single from the same name album of Dire Straits released in December 1984. This song was originally written in 1982 by Mark Knopfler in the year of the Falklands War. 

Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms

The producer of the song is Mark Knopfler together with Neil Dorfsman. Usually, Mark played this song on Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar, rather than his usual Schecter – Stratocaster, and the sunburst Les Paul appears in the distinctive promo video, which is in the style of a charcoal drawing, interspersing scenes of the band playing with scenes of war. 

Read more: Dire Straits Blog


May 13, 1989:  "I'll Be There for You" by Bon Jovi  topped the chart in the USA.

Originally released on the 1988 album New Jersey, it became the band's third single from the album when it was released as a single in 1989. 

Bon Jovi'
Bon Jovi'

As the band was at its peak popularity at this time, the song quickly climbed to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their fourth and final number one single. It has remained as one of Bon Jovi's signature songs. 

Read more: Wikipedia

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