Thursday, June 3, 2021

Music History Today: June 4, 2021

June 4, 1983: "Straight From the Heart" by Bryan Adams tops out at number 10.

"Straight from the Heart" was the lead single from Bryan Adams' third studio album, Cuts Like a Knife.

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The song was written by Eric Kagna, a Vancouver singer/songwriter, and the instrumental bridge was contributed by Adams. The official songwriter credit is shared equally between Adams and Kagna. It was Adam's breakthrough song in the U.S., the first to make the top 40, reaching number 10. 

Read more: Wikipedia

June 4, 1963: The Searchers first appeared on the U.K. chart with the song "Sweets For My Sweet."

"Sweets for My Sweet" is a song written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, originally recorded by The Drifters.  In 1963, "Sweets for My Sweet" was released by Merseybeat band the Searchers as their debut single, reaching No. 1 on the UK Single Chart for two weeks that August. The Searchers' version was also issued in the US in the spring of 1964, but failed to chart. 
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June 4, 1967: The Association's first single, "Along Comes Mary," entered the Hot 100 chart.

With the two smashes "Along Comes Mary" and "Cherish," the Association became one of the hottest new bands of 1966, the singles charting at #7 and #1 respectively.

The Association 1967
The Association

It was no surprise that their debut album, featuring both of those songs, was also a big success, rising to #5 and remaining their highest-charting LP ever, with the exception of their Greatest Hits compilation. The record also gave the Association the chance to showcase their versatility on material penned by both group members and outside songwriters. 
Read more: Richie Unterberger

 

June 4, 1977: KC And The Sunshine Band top the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "I'm Your Boogie Man."

KC and the Sunshine Band's hit streak started in 1975 with "Get Down Tonight" and "That's The Way (I Like It)" and extended into 1977 with "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty." "I'm Your Boogie Man" was the group's fourth number one song, making them only the second group to have four number one singles in the Seventies after the Jackson Five. 
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June 4, 1984: Bruce Springsteen releases the album Born In The U.S.A. It contains the track "I'm On Fire."

“I’m on Fire” is one of Springsteen's most intimate songs. And it’s not claiming any high ground. It’s about fundamental deep-seated desire. The drums are played with a cross stick [on the snare].

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

He says, “I’m on fire,” but he lets all this muscular playing fall away. The performance has its own power. It’s something that exists in him. It’s just there. And it’s astonishing to see somebody who relied that much on physical power to let the music and his voice be understated like this. It’s a great moment. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

Straight From the Heart
Bryan Adams

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