Monday, May 3, 2021

Music History Today: May 4, 2021

May 4, 1999:  Smash Mouth released "All Star" as the first single from their album Astro Lounge. 

After the initial success of their debut single, ‘Walkin’ On The Sun’, Smash Mouth returned to the studio to record the follow-up to 1997’s Fush You Mang at their new home on the major label Interscope. Within the band, tensions were high as the fear of being a one-hit wonder loomed above them. 

Smash Mouth
Smash Mouth

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‘Walkin’ On The Sun’ had been a divisive hit, luring in droves of new fans intrigued by its quirky, Farfisa-driven beach-blanket sound. At the same time, however, it alienated many of the band’s longstanding fans, who identified with the harder, ska-punk songs that comprised most of the album. But by the time Fush You Mang’s follow-up, Astro Lounge, hit the shelves, Smash Mouth would have fully embraced a poppier sound, epitomized by their juggernaut single ‘All Star.’ 

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May 4, 1961: The Jarmels record "A Little Bit Of Soap."

New York-based Laurie Records was looking for an answer to The Drifters. They found it in the soulful sound of The Jarmels. They were five high school students who met while singing at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, and first called themselves The Cherokees.
Laurie Records like them, and they changed their name to The Jarmels. Their first single “Little Lonely One”  did not have national success. However, The Jarmels’ second single, “A Little Bit Of Soap,” which features some hot and distinctive percussion and beautiful vocals, went to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. 
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May 4, 1964: The Moody Blues are formed in Birmingham, England.

The Moody Blues started out as one of the better R&B-based combos of the British Invasion. They made their debut in Birmingham in May of 1964. A major tour was quickly booked, and the band landed an engagement at the Marquee Club, which resulted in a contract with England's Decca Records .

The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues

The group's first single, "Steal Your Heart Away," released in September of 1964, didn't touch the British charts. But their second single, "Go Now," released in November of 1964 -- a cover of a nearly identical American single by R&B singer Bessie Banks, heavily featuring Laine's mournful lead vocal -- fulfilled every expectation. 

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May 4, 1978: Jefferson Starship received a Platinum record for the album "Earth;" their last LP with Grace Slick and Marty Balin. 

As the 1970s were drawing to a close, Jefferson Starship was among the biggest bands in America. By the time Grace Slick and company fell to Earth in 1978, all bets were on the album being a bit hit.

Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship

Promotional dollars were pumped into the effort, resulting in the record selling nearly a million copies just a month after release, with the laid-back and country-tinged lead single, "Count on Me," soaring all the way to #8 on the Hot 100. 

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May 4, 1991: Twenty-five years after she first appeared on the UK record charts with "I Got You, Babe", Cher scored her first solo number 1 single with "The Shoop Shoop Song."

"It's in His Kiss" is a song written and composed by Rudy Clark. It was first released as a single in 1963 by Merry Clayton that did not chart. The song was made a hit a year later when recorded by Betty Everett, who hit No. 1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. 

Poster for the 1990 film Mermaids
Poster for the 1990 film Mermaids

Cher's cover was cut for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits, and the single's U.S. release coincided with the November release of the film. It peaked at number thirty three on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one in the United Kingdom, where it remained for five weeks, selling a total of 520,000 copies, making it one of the biggest-selling singles by a female artist in Britain in the 1990s. 

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