Thursday, June 10, 2021

Music History Today: June 11, 2021

 June 11, 1993: "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes is released.

 In 1992, the American rock group 4 Non Blondes released “What’s Up?” a song which has since become a queer anthem, popping up unexpectedly in an LGBTQ film, TV series and a viral video. 

4 Non Blondes
4 Non Blondes

(sign up to follow by email)

Naturally, the song was already kind of queer from its initial creation because 4 Non Blondes was an all-lesbian band. Frontwoman Linda Perry, bassist Christa Hillhouse, guitarist Shaunna Hall and drummer Wanda Day all identified as lesbians when the song came out. In fact, Day and Hall were previously members of a band called The Lesbian Snake Charmers before joining 4 Non Blondes. 

Read more: Hornet

June 11,  1962: Neil Sedaka released "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." 

By 1962, Neil Sedaka already had eight Top-10 hits, but this was his first time at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was successful internationally  and has been widely covered.  “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” in 1962 went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #12 on the Hot R&B Sides chart, and #7 in the U.K. Sedaka himself re-recorded it as a ballad in 1975, and it also charted well internationally. 
Read more: Daily Doo Wop

 

June 11, 1966:  "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind"  by The Lovin’ Spoonful peaked at number 2 on the music chart.

"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" is a song written by John Sebastian and first released by his band The Lovin' Spoonful on their 1965 debut album Do You Believe in Magic.

The Lovin’ Spoonful
The Lovin’ Spoonful

It was the second single released from the album and the most successful. Billboard called the song an "easy rockin' ballad" that would be an "off-beat winner for the hot group." 
Read more: Wikipedia

June 11, 1983:  "Always Something There to Remind Me" by Naked Eyes peaks at number 8 on the US music chart.

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" is a song written in the 1960s by songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Originally recorded as a demo by Dionne Warwick in 1963, "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" first charted for Lou Johnson.

Naked Eyes
Naked Eyes

Twenty years after its composition, "Always Something There to Remind Me" (so titled) reached the US Top 20 for the first time via a synth-pop reinvention of the song by Naked Eyes which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1983. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

June 11, 1988: "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaked at number 3.

"Everything Your Heart Desires" entered the US Billboard Hot 100 in April 1988, reached number three in June, and spent 16 weeks on the chart.

Hall & Oates
Hall & Oates

The song became Hall & Oates biggest hit to date on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at number two, a personal best for the duo that would stand until 2002, when "Do It for Love" reached number one.  Rolling Stone music critic Rob Hoerburger notes the song and album demonstrate that Hall & Oates have grown up, adding that the song is "more of a plea than an indictment – no "Maneater" misogyny here." 
Read more: Wikipedia

What's Up?
Non Blondes

No comments:

Post a Comment