Thursday, May 27, 2021

Music History Today: May 28, 2021

May 28, 1983: Irene Cara's "Flashdance: What a Feeling" hit Number 1 in America.

“Flashdance (What a Feeling)” was not the first hit song from a movie soundtrack for Irene Cara, whose star was launched by the 1980 film Fame. 

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Cara not only played the starring role of Coco in the movie Fame, but she also recorded not one but two Oscar-nominated songs for it: the title song “Fame” (a top-10 hit in the summer of 1980) and “Out Here On My Own” (a top-20 hit that same fall). By far her biggest impact as a musician, however, would come with her work on the movie Flashdance. 
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May 28, 1955: "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" had several different versions on the charts, including a Number 1 hit for Bill Hayes. 

There was a song that existed in the 1950s to market Disney’s 1955 film “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier”. The movie was based on the existing and successful Disney TV series Davy Crockett.


George Bruns and Thomas W. Blackburn, both working at Disney Studios, penned “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”. Three versions of the song were released. One by actor Fess Parker, singer Bill Hayes, and one by singer and actor Tennessee Ernie Ford. 
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May 28, 1961: "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson reached Number 9 on the Billboard music charts.

Written by Gene Pitney, the B-side to Nelson's Number One hit "Travelin' Man" was a substantial hit in its own right, peaking at Number Nine on the charts. 

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

"Hello Mary Lou," which was Nelson's 14th Top Ten hit in four years, gained major national exposure when performed on his family's sitcom, The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet Show. Over the years, it's gone on to become one of Nelson's most covered songs, with versions by Credence Clearwater Revival, Queen, Bobby Lewis, Pete Best, Brownsville Station, the New Riders Of The Purple Sage, and the Seekers, among others. 

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May 28, 1966: The Mindbenders hit their peak position on the US music chart at Number 2 with "A Groovy Kind Of Love."

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders scored a hit in their native Britain with “Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um” and their follow-up single, “Game of Love,” elevated the group from obscurity in America to the very top of the US singles charts. As quickly as Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders’ fortunes had lifted, however, they dropped again. 

The Mindbenders
The Mindbenders

Before the year was out, Fontana left the Mindbenders for a solo career. For their first single without Fontana, the Mindbenders issued a record that was the polar opposite of “Game of Love”: a gentle ballad rather than a raucous rocker. The only things “A Groovy Kind of Love” shared with “Game of Love” — apart from three of the four Mindbenders — were its UK chart placement (both topped out at #2) and an American origin. 

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May 28,1988: "Shattered Dreams" by Johnny Hates Jazz peaked at Number 2 on the US chart.

"Shattered Dreams" entered the UK Singles Chart in March 1987 at number 92, but gained popularity through extensive radio play and video rotation on MTV and quickly climbed the charts, peaking at number five in May 1987 and spending three weeks at that position and a total of 16 weeks on the chart. 

Johnny Hates Jazz

The song fared even better the following year in the United States, where it was released on 16 March 1988 with an alternative music video, shot entirely in black and white and directed by David Fincher, which Datchler actually preferred. 

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Flashdance: What a Feeling
Irene Cara

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