Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Music History Today: May 5, 2021

May 5, 1973: Paul Simon released the album There Goes Rhymin' Simon on Columbia Records.

Retaining the buoyant musical feel of Paul Simon, but employing a more produced sound, There Goes Rhymin' Simon found Paul Simon writing and performing with assurance and venturing into soulful and R&B-oriented music.

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For several tracks, Simon traveled to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to play with its house band, getting a variety of styles, from the gospel of "Love Me Like a Rock" to the Dixieland of "Mardi Gras." Simon was so confident that he even included a major ballad statement of the kind he used to give Garfunkel to sing: "American Tune" was his musical State of the Union, circa 1973, but this time Simon was up to making his big statements in his own voice. 

Read more: Allmusic

May 5, 1962: The Shirelles go to number 1 in America with "Soldier Boy." 

Record executive Florence Greenberg, founder of Scepter Records (the Shirelles' record label), wrote the song and was originally titled "I'll Be True To You". The main frame of the song's lyrics make no mention of a soldier. 

Shirelles
Shirelles

It was only in the studio that the Shirelles gave the song a much better title to reflect its narrative, the profession of someone's love for the titular soldier boy in which she promises to remain true to him while he's away. The song was released as a single by The Shirelles in 1962 and met with great success, topping the US Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 5, 1973: Donny Osmond was stuck at the peak position om the US music chart, number 8, with "The Twelfth Of Never."

"The Twelfth of Never" is a popular song written in 1956 and first recorded by Johnny Mathis the following year. Mathis initially disliked the song, which was released as the flip side to his number 1 hit single "Chances Are".

Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond

 Donny Osmond's version, produced by Mike Curb and Don Costa, was his second number 1 single in the UK, spending a single week at the top of the UK Singles Chart in March 1973. In the U.S. it peaked at number 8. 

Read more: Wikipedia

May 5, 1973: Clint Holmes' "Playground In My Mind" cracks the Billboard Top 40, where it will reach number 2 during a 15 week run. 

“Playground in My Mind” is by Clint Holmes, an Englishman who was on the verge of giving up professional singing when he met songwriter Paul Vance. Vance had written a handful of hit songs with his partner, Lee Pockriss, most famously “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” and he thought “Playground in My Mind” was perfect for Holmes. It was kept from the #1 spot in June 1973 by Paul McCartney’s “My Love.” Also in the top 10 at the same time: “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” by Tony Orlando and Dawn.  
Read more: Pop Dose

May 5, 1979: Peaches and Herb's "Reunited" hits number 1 in America.

Peaches & Herb weren’t really reunited. The duo had been a pretty successful soul act in the ’60s, and then they’d disappeared for years before returning with their two biggest hits ever. But the Peaches & Herb of the late ’70s weren’t the same as the Peaches & Herb of the late ’60s. Herb was the same. Peaches was different. The Peaches on “Reunited” was Linda Greene, the third in a long line of Peacheses. Maybe “Reconstituted” just wasn’t as catchy a song title. 
Read more: Stereogum

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