Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Music History Today: June 30, 2021

June 30, 2014: "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor is released.

The first time Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor wrote a song together, they came up with one of the biggest pop hits of the decade. 

Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor

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"All About That Bass" — which encourages listeners of all sizes to have a positive body image — became a global sensation in 2014, topping the charts in 58 countries. The song instantly landed Trainor a record deal, and she made sure to bring Kadish (who also produced the song) along for the ride. 

Read more: The Tennessean

June 30,  1958: "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters was the new number 1 R&B song.

“Yakety Yak” was a #1 hit song by The Coasters that landed on the 1958 R&B charts and the Top 100 pop hit list. 

The Coasters trading card 1957
The Coasters 1957

In the 1950s, the line between the rock and roll, and the rhythm and blues genre was somewhat blurred. The fact that there were fewer sub-genres and the instrumentation used between the two were very similar was a heavy contributing factor. 

Read more: Rare Entertainment

 

June 30,  1973: Dr. John is in the Top 10 when "Right Place, Wrong Time" peaks at number 9 on the US Billboard music chart.

Before he died of a heart attack on June 6, 2019, New Orleans vocalist/instrumentalist/songwriter Mac Rebennack – better known as Dr. John – was a musician’s musician, a legend in artistic circles. 

Dr. John
Dr. John

He was probably best known as the outlandish voodoo dresser who cut “Right Place, Wrong Time,” the 1973 single that was almost a novelty song, and was a top ten success because of his idiosyncratic vocal, Allen Toussaint’s funky NOLA production, and the song’s offbeat lyrics. 

Read more: American Songwriter

June 30, 1979: One of the first records to use a synthesized drum track, "Ring My Bell" reaches number one in the US for Anita Ward.

One night in the middle of July 1979, a baseball game turned into a drunken anti-disco riot. There's been a great deal written about Chicago’s Disco Demolition Night. 

Anita Ward
Anita Ward

The song that happened to be the #1 single in America on the evening of Disco Demolition Night was fun, frisky lightweight dance jam from an unknown singer on a tiny regional indie label. Anita Ward was working as an elementary school teacher when she recorded “Ring My Bell,” and she was still working as a teacher when it started climbing the charts. 

Read more: Stereogum

 

June 30, 1990: New Kids on the Block hit number 1 with "Step By Step."

"Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block was the first single released from the album of the same name. It is the group's biggest-selling hit.

New Kids on the Block
New Kids on the Block

It  was initially recorded by one of Maurice Starr's other groups, The Superiors and released as a single in 1987 on Motown Records. It was not successful. The New Kids cover of the song on the other hand was a huge worldwide hit, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of 1990. It spent three weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was eventually certified platinum. 

Read more: Wikipedia 

All About That Bass
Meghan Trainor

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