Saturday, June 12, 2021

Music History Today: June 13, 2021

June 13, 1998: The soundtrack to the movie City Of Angels hit Number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The soundtrack to City of Angels served as a promotional tool for Alanis Morissette's second album, following Jagged Little Pill, and the Goo Goo Doll's sixth album, Dizzy Up the Girl. 

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Morissette's "Uninvited" and the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" were both written for the soundtrack, and they were instantly huge hits as singles, igniting massive interest in the soundtrack and in the artists' forthcoming releases. 

Read more: Elle

June 13, 1964: Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By" peaked at Number 6 on the US music chart.

“Walk On By” was composed by Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Hal David, in 1964. Originally recorded that same year by vocalist Dionne Warwick, the song was featured on her album Make Way for Dionne Warwick. 

Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick

The LP included other renowned Bacharach/David compositions, such as “A House is Not a Home” and “You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart).”  Oddly, “Walk On By” was initially released as a B-side to the single “Any Old Time of Day,” a song that her label Scepter, her manager, and Warwick herself thought would be the surefire hit they needed to end their string of flops. 

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June 13, 1970: "Get Ready" by Rare Earth finished climbing the US chart at Number 4.

The title track of Rare Earth's LP was released February 18, 1970 as a single and entered the Billboard Hot 100 the following month, rockin’ its way into the Top 5 by June – when the long-player was also in the Top 5 of the magazine’s soul charts.

Rare Earth
Rare Earth

Written by Smokey Robinson, “Get Ready” was first a hit for the Temptations, in 1966. Rare Earth, who were then known in and around Detroit as the Sunliners, added the song to their concert setlist that same year. 
Read more: Classic Motown

June 13, 1981: Neil Diamond topped out at Number 8 with his hit "America."

Also known as “Coming to America” or “They’re Coming to America,” this song is basically a tribute to immigration especially since the USA is where people all from all parts of the world go to seek better opportunities.

Also, Neil Diamond’s family were immigrants. On his father’s side, they came from Poland while on his mother’s side, they were from Russia. This was written by Neil for his movie, “The Jazz Singer.” 
Read more: Society of Rock


June 13, 1995: Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette releases her breakthrough album, the alt-rock classic Jagged Little Pill. 

It's remarkable that Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill struck a sympathetic chord with millions of listeners, because it's so doggedly, determinedly insular. This, after all, plays like an emotional purging, prompted by a bitter relationship. 

She never disguises her outright rage and disgust, whether it's the vengeful wrath of "You Oughta Know" or asking him "you scan the credits for your name and wonder why it's not there." This is such insider information that it's hard to believe that millions of listeners not just bought it, but embraced it, turning Alanis Morisette into a mid-'90s phenomenon. 
Read more: Allmusic


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