Sunday, June 6, 2021

Music History Today: June 6, 2021

June 6, 1992: "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers peaks at number 2 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one band that aren’t necessarily the first band one thinks of when trying to access the most sincere emotional expressions in rock music.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers

In 1992, the band released the loner anthem and one of Anthony Keidis’ most poignant songs of all time, ‘Under the Bridge’. It acts as a love-letter to his city and the comfort it could bring him amid swirling sobriety following his debilitating drug addiction.    
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June 6, 1964: "P.S. I Love You" by The Beatles barely breaks in the top of the charts at number 10.

‘PS I Love You’ was written primarily by Paul McCartney around the time of The Beatles’ 1962 trip to Hamburg. 

The Beatles
The Beatles

It was first released as the B-side to their debut single ‘Love Me Do’, and later appeared on the Please Please Me album. The sentimental lyrics of ‘PS I Love You’ proved especially popular with The Beatles’ female fans, and it soon became a fixture of their live shows. 
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June 6,  1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around the Bend" made it into the Top 5 at number 4. 

"Up Around the Bend" was written by the CCR's lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Fogerty. The song opens with a prominent, high-pitched guitar riff played by John Fogerty. The song's lyrics have Fogerty telling of a gathering "up around the bend" on the highway and inviting the listener to join in. to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 1970. 
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June 6, 1987: "You Keep Me Hangin' On" hits number 1 in the US for the second time when Kim Wilde's version tops the chart.

When the Supremes first recorded “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” in 1966, Holland-Dozier-Holland, their production and songwriting team, were trying to write a rock ‘n’ roll hit.
Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde

With its needling guitar intro and its steady four-four thump and the desperate snap of Diana Ross’ vocal, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” came out sounding more like a not-too-distant ancestor of disco. But before the ’60s were over, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” did become a rock hit — just not for the Supremes. Proto-metal power trio Vanilla Fudge recorded a sludged-out psychedelic version of the song in 1968, and they took it to #6. 
Read more: Stereogum

 

June 6, 1995:  Seal released his breakthrough single "Kiss From A Rose" in the US on this date.

“Kiss From a Rose,” written and performed by Seal, is one of the greatest examples ever of a song that the artist thought had no potential that ended up being an international number one hit.  

Seal
Seal

While Seal had no confidence in it, the song resonated with millions of listeners once it was made available to the world. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, it took the top prizes for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.  

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Under the Bridge
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