Saturday, May 8, 2021

Music History Today: May 8, 2021

May 8, 1999: "Livin' la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On February 24th 1999, the TV lights at LA’s Shrine Auditorium powered up for the opening number at the 41st annual Grammy Awards. 

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

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 Taking the stage was a young Puerto Rican pop star called Ricky Martin. He was already a superstar in the Spanish-language market, but an unknown to this non- Latino audience—and he would perform a song in Spanish, “La Copa de La Vida” (The Cup of Life). Martin sang the opening lines in English, and then switched to Spanish. It was a stunning performance.  

Read more: PBS

May 8, 1971: "Never Can Say Goodbye" by The Jackson 5 peaks at Number 2 on the American music chart.

"Never Can Say Goodbye" was originally written and intended for the Supremes; however, Motown decided it would be better for the Jackson 5. 

The Jackson 5
The Jackson 5

It was the first single released from the group's 1971 album Maybe Tomorrow, and was one of the group's most successful records. It has been covered numerous times, most notably in 1974 by Gloria Gaynor and in 1987 by British pop group The Communards. 

Read more: Wikipedia

May 8, 1971: One-hit wonder Daddy Dewdrop peaked at Number 9 with the novelty hit  "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)."

Richard Monda aka Daddy Dewdrop is an American singer-songwriter and musician known for his novelty song “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It).” Monda is essentially a songwriter, penning songs for other established acts. 

Richard Monda aka Daddy Dewdrop
Richard Monda, aka Daddy Dewdrop

He had gone on to work as a songwriter for the animated TV series Sabrina and the Groovy Ghoulies. Later on he recorded his own rendition of the song from that show, and re-titled it as “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It).” 
Read more: Mental Itch


May 8, 1976: John Sebastian's "Welcome Back," the theme song to the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, hits Number 1 in America.

For a few years in the ’60s, John Sebastian led one of the most popular bands in the world. The Lovin’ Spoonful came out of the early-’60s Greenwich folk scene, and their amiable amble-rock turned out to be a commercial goldmine. 

Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter

They charted over and over, getting to #1 with 1966’s “Summer In The City” and coming close a bunch of other times. But then the Lovin’ Spoonful fell apart, and it took Sebastian a full decade, and a random-ass TV-theme assignment, to make his way back to #1. 
Read more: Stereogum

May 8, 1999: "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls reached Number 8, its highest point on the American music chart.

Goo Goo Dolls is an alternative rock band formed in 1985 in Buffalo, New York, USA by guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik and bassist/vocalist Robby Takac initially under the name the Sex Maggots.
Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls
 They are most famous for the hit "Iris", featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. Currently, the band consists of John Rzeznik (guitar, vocals) and Robby Takac (vocals, bass). 
Read more: Reddit


Livin' la Vida Loca
Ricky Martin

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