Friday, June 11, 2021

Music History Today: June 12, 2021

June 12, 1999: "That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain peaked at Number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Shania Twain says "That Don't Impress Me Much" was never meant as a knock on Brad Pitt. In fact, as the singer-songwriter explained at a 2017 listening party, it all began when Playgirl magazine published naked photos of Pitt.

Shania Twain
Shania Twain

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The photos were taken in 1995, when a photographer trespassed on the grounds of a hotel in the French West Indies where Pitt was staying with then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. The rest is history. Twain's album Come On Over became the best-selling country album ever and "That Don't Impress Me Much" was a smash on country, pop and adult contemporary charts. 

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June  12, 1970: The Kinks released the single "Lola."

The Kinks “Lola” was banned by the BBC for its use of a single word. Interestingly, the BBC was not offended by the song’s mention of cross-dressing, but by something else entirely.  

The Kinks
The Kinks

The BBC objected to the song because the original version of it mentioned Coca-Cola. Since the BBC felt the original lyric could be viewed as advertising, The Kinks had to re-record the song with no mention of the famous soft drink. The re-recorded version of the song mentions generic cherry cola rather than Coca-Cola. 

Read more: American Songwriter


June  12,  1976: "Save Your Kisses For Me" by the Brotherhood of Man topped everyone on the Adult Contemporary chart.

"Save Your Kisses For Me" was the United Kingdom entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1976 in The Hague performed by Brotherhood of Man. It was written by Tony Hiller, Martin Lee and Lee Sheridan. An up-tempo pop song, it told the story of the conflicted emotions of a father going to work and leaving his beloved 3-year-old child behind. 
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June 12,  1976: "Misty Blue" by Dorothy Moore reached number 3 on the US music chart.

“Misty Blue” was written by the late Bob Montgomery, who was based in Nashville. It was first recorded in 1966 by Wilma Burgess. It went to No. 4 on the country charts.

Dorothy Moore
Dorothy Moore

Another country artist, Eddy Arnold, cut it a year later and enjoyed crossover success — No. 3 on the country charts, No. 13 on adult contemporary. But Moore took “Misty Blue” to places it had never gone before: It was a Top 5 hit around the world, reached No. 2 on “Billboard’s” U.S. R&B chart, No. 3 on its Top 100, which included all genres. 

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June 12, 1982: "Always on My Mind" by Willie Nelson peaked at number 5 on the Hot 100 music chart.

The song “Always On My Mind” is not only considered a classic in country music but as well as in the entire music industry. 

Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson

Over time, countless artists have already released their own recordings of the iconic song, but none is probably more admired than Willie Nelson’s version from his 1982 album of the same title. Nelson’s mournful rendition of the song raced to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart that year, spending two weeks on top and a total of twenty-one weeks on the chart. 

Read more: Country Daily


That Don't Impress Me Much
Shania Twain

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