Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Music History Today: June 3, 2021

June 3, 2001:  Staind had the number 1 album with Break the Cycle. It contains their breakthrough hit "It's Been Awhile."

"It's Been Awhile" was a monster hit for Staind back in 2001, spending 20 weeks atop Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 

Staind
Staind

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It also crossed over to hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and as the lead single was instrumental in giving Staind the first chart-topping album of their career on Break the Cycle.

Read more: Loudwire

June 3, 1966: Jimmy Ruffin releases the single "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted."

By far, Jimmy Ruffin's biggest hit was "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," a ballad released in the mid-1960s that has had lasting popularity. It was a song that he wasn't meant to sing: 

Jimmy Ruffin
Jimmy Ruffin

"In 1966, 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted' became a tune destined for the group the Detroit Spinners," the website Soul Walking notes. "Jimmy persuaded the writers (Weatherspoon, Riser & Dean)" to let him record it. 

Read more: NPR

 

June 3, 1978: "This Time I'm in It for Love" by Player hits its high point at number 10.

"This Time I'm in It for Love" had originally been recorded by Austin Roberts in 1976 and by Cyndi Grecco in 1977 both on the Private Stock Records label. Their versions were released as singles but failed to chart. Grecco's version was a promotional single, and Roberts' version was released only in the UK. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

June 3, 1989: Michael Damian's "Rock On" hits number 1 on the Hot 100.

"Rock On" is a song written by English singer David Essex. Originally recorded in 1973 and released as a single by Essex, it became an international hit. 

Michael Damian
Michael Damian
In 1989, American actor and singer Michael Damian recorded a cover version that went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been recorded many times, including a 2006 version by the English hard rock group Def Leppard. 
Read more: Wikipedia

  

June 3, 2000: "You Sang to Me" by Marc Anthony peaks at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"You Sang to Me" was written and produced by Marc Anthony and Cory Rooney, and like the previous English single from Marc Anthony, "I Need to Know," a Spanish version was recorded. 

Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony

Both versions of the track were very successful in the United States. The English version peaked at even higher than "I Need to Know", climbing to No. 2 in the Billboard Hot 100, kept off from the top slot by "Maria Maria" by Santana featuring The Product G&B. 

Read more: Wikipedia

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