Sunday, June 27, 2021

Music History Today: June 28, 2021

June 28,  2003: American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken became the first new artist to go straight to Number 1 on the American music chart with "This Is the Night." 

The shining moment from Clay Aiken's photo session for Rolling Stone came accidentally, when photographer Matthew Rolston caught the singer looking away while he changed lenses.

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Rolston told Aiken not to move and snapped a picture that not only became their favorite in the magazine, it served as inspiration for the "American Idol 2" runner-up's video for his first single, "This Is the Night."  

Read more: MTV

June 28, 1969: Henry Mancini's "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" led the Billboard Pop chart in the first of a two-week stay.

Mancini went to work for Universal in 1962, and he ended up scoring more than 100 movies. He did plenty of TV shows, as well. 

He co-wrote “Moon River” and “The Days Of Wine And Roses.” He wrote “Baby Elephant Walk.” He wrote the Pink Panther theme. He scored Touch Of Evil and Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Charade and Wait Until Dark. He wrote the “viewer mail” music for Late Night With David Letterman. And yet the one time he scored a freak #1, it wasn’t even with music that he’d written. 

Read more: Stereogum

June 28, 1969:  "Israelites" by Desmond Dekker & the Aces peaked at Number 9 on Billboard.

Desmond Adolphis Dacres was born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica on 16 July 1941. He spent his formative years in Kingston, regularly attending the local church with his grandmother and aunt. As a young adult, after his mother died, Dacres was working as a welder there, and would impress his colleagues with his singing skills. They encouraged him to go into music.  

Read more: Every UK Number 1

June 28,  1980: Paul McCartney's "Coming Up" became one of the few 'live' recordings to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100.

Paul McCartney's "Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)" was recorded live by McCartney and Wings during their final tour on December 17th, 1979 at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland. The live version was actually only intended as the B-Side of the studio version of "Coming Up;" 

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Paul McCartney

Although the modern-sounding gimmicky studio version was a smash overseas, U.S. disc jockeys flipped the single over for the normal voiced-live McCartney version — which resulted in Wings' sixth and final chart topper and McCartney's first of three Number One singles of the 1980's. 

Read more: Nights with Alice Cooper


June 28,  2003: "Flying Without Wings" by the winner of American Idol,  Ruben Studdard, debuted at Number 2.

"Flying Without Wings" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife and it was released on 18 October 1999 as the third single from their self-titled debut studio album. It was covered by American Idol winner Ruben Studdard as his debut single in 2003. The single was released on June 10 and charted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 28, behind "This Is the Night" by Clay Aiken. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 This Is the Night
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