Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Music History Today: June 23, 2021

June 23, 1979: Supertramp's LP Breakfast In America hits number 1 on the America album chart. 

With Breakfast in America, Supertramp had a genuine blockbuster hit, topping the charts for four weeks in the U.S. and selling millions of copies worldwide. 

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By the 1990s, the album had sold over 18 million units across the world. Although their previous records had some popular success, they never even hinted at the massive sales of Breakfast in America. 

Read more: Allmusic

June 23, 1961: Billy Walker released "Funny How Time Slips Away."

A native of west Texas who was active on the Grand Ole Opry, Billy Walker emerged from the talent-rich Dallas scene of the late '40s and early '50s. Walker was the first to record Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," and he passed another of Nelson's songs, "Crazy," to Patsy Cline. 
Read more: Allmusic

 

June 23,  1973: B.W. Stephenson recorded "My Maria."

In 1973, Stevenson released “My Maria” as a single from his same-titled album. It was a country rock type of song. However, it wasn’t able to secure a spot on the country chart. Instead, Stevenson’s “My Maria” placed at number nine on the Hot 100 chart. Furthermore, it went to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily

 

 June 23, 1984: Duran Duran's "The Reflex" tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart..

All too often, transformative acts don’t score their first #1 singles until the party is almost over.

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Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Duran Duran may have been the peak early-MTV group, the band whose flashy and pouty and colorful visual presence came to stand in for a generational shift in pop-music tastes. Perhaps because of that radical newness, it took a little while for American radio to embrace Duran Duran — or, at least, to embrace them tightly enough that one of their singles finally fought its way to #1. 
Read more: Stereogum

 

June 23, 2001: "Ride Wit Me" by Nelly featuring City Spud peaks at number 3.

"Ride wit Me" features a sound similar to "Get Down on It" by Kool and the Gang; indeed, it is in the same key (E minor) and uses almost identical melody and chord progressions in the refrain alone. 

Nelly
Nelly

 

The song interpolates lyrics from the song "I Like It" by DeBarge, specifically those which read: "I like the way you brush your hair, and I like those stylish clothes you wear". The official remix was also produced by Jason "Jay E" Epperson and then placed in Nelly's remix album, Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

Oh, Lord. Is It Mine?
 Supertramp

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