Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Music History Today: June 16, 2021

June 16,  1984: "Borderline" became Madonna's first Top Ten hit when it peaked at Number 10.

"Borderline" was recorded in February 1983 for Madonna's eponymous debut album. It was released on February 15, 1984, by Sire Records as the album's fifth single.


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Contemporary critics and authors applauded the song, calling it harmonically the most complex track from Madonna and praising its dance-pop nature. The accompanying music video portrayed Madonna with a Latin-American man as her boyfriend to whom she returns after being enticed to pose and model for a British photographer. It was instrumental in establishing Madonna's early success. 

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June 16, 1962: "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" peaked at Number 4 for Gene Pitney.

In 1962, John Ford’s classic film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was released and became an instant box office and critical success. 

The film, an essay on courage, cowardice and the birth of legends, features classic performances by John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin, and Andy Devine. The Burt Bacharach-Hal David song “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” became a Top 10 hit for Gene Pitney. Although the lyrics were based on the film’s plot, it was not used in the film. 

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June 16, 1972: David Bowie released  "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars." 

Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan's glam rock and the future shock of A Clockwork Orange, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of The Man Who Sold the World for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. 

David Bowie Ziggy Stardust photo shoot
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust photo shoot

Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, Ziggy Stardust is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama, and style and the logical culmination of glam. Mick Ronson plays with a maverick flair that invigorates rockers like "Suffragette City," "Moonage Daydream," and "Hang Onto Yourself," while "Lady Stardust," "Five Years," and "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" have a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll. 

Read more: Allmusic


June 16, 1979: Randy Vanwarmer's "Just When I Needed You Most" made it to Number 4.

After its official release as a single, “Just When I Needed You Most” became a hit for Randy VanWarmer. It entered on different music charts in 1979. To note, it spent two weeks atop the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In four months, it peaked at no. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it also penetrated the country charts reaching no. 71. Several months later, the song entered the UK Singles Chart and clinched the 8th spot. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily


June 16, 1990:  Roxette had the top song in the US with "It Must Have Been Love."

“It Must Have Been Love” is originally a single from Swedish pop duet “Roxette”, but was re-released in 1990 as part of the “Pretty Woman” film soundtrack.

It was originally released in December 1987 as a single from Roxette. Their music began to gain popularity, so Touchstone Pictures approached Roxette and their label (EMI) and asked them to contribute a song to the soundtrack of an upcoming romantic comedy titled: “Pretty Woman”, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. 

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