Monday, July 12, 2021

Music History Today: July 13, 2021

July 13, 2002: "Hero" by Chad Kroeger from the Spiderman movie peaked at number 3 in the US.
"Hero" is a song recorded by Chad Kroeger (lead vocalist of Nickelback) and Josey Scott (then lead vocalist of Saliva) for the soundtrack to the 2002 film Spider-Man. It was written by Kroeger and recorded specifically for the film.

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The song was the result of a collaboration between Kroeger and Scott. Scott told Yahoo!'s entertainment news service LAUNCH, "(Kroeger) had the idea for the song 'Hero,' so I came up to Vancouver and met him. He pitched me the idea, and I thought that was pretty dope. Real dope. So we sort of tweaked it, together, laid down some harmonies on it, and played everything from congas to acoustics on it." 
Read more: Wikipedia
July 13, 1968: The Doors had one of the fastest-rising songs of the decade as "Hello, I Love You" climbed from number 77 to 22 on this date.
"Jim Morrison wrote the words for Hello, I Love You when we were still in a band called Rick & the Ravens. 'Sidewalk crouches at her feet / Like a dog that begs for something sweet.' That’s a crazy great lyric! 

Jim Morrison of the Doors
Jim Morrison

He couldn’t play an instrument but he’d come up with melodies in order to remember his incredible words. We’d been walking around the boardwalk of Venice, one of the few diverse areas in LA in the 60s, when Jim saw an African American girl. She was the 'dusky jewel' who inspired the song." John Densmore, drummer 
Read more: The Guardian

July 13, 1973: Bob Dylan released the "Soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid."
This album was unusual on several counts. For starters, it was a soundtrack for Sam Peckinpah's movie of the same title, a first venture of its kind for Bob Dylan. For another, it was Dylan's first new LP in three years.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid movie poster

Dylan's album was sometimes rough-at-the-edges and sometimes a gently refined piece of country- and folk-influenced rock, devised to underscore a very serious historical film by one of the movies' great directorial stylists. It was also as strong as any of his recent albums, featuring not just Langhorne but also such luminaries as Booker T. Jones, Roger McGuinn, and Byron Berline. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" was the obvious hit off the album, and helped drive the sales. 
Read more: Allmusic

July 13, 1985: "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran from the same named James Bond film hit the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
To date, there have been 24 movies in the Bond franchise, and there have been 25 opening-title themes. Only one of those 25 theme songs has ever made it to #1. Two Bond themes peaked at #2: Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Live And Let Die,” from 1973, and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better,” from 1977. 

"A View to a Kill" James Bond film poster
Like “Live And Let Die” and “Nobody Does It Better,” the only Bond theme ever to hit #1 comes from the franchise’s often-derided Roger Moore era. Unlike those songs, though, this particular Bond theme doesn’t really build on that classic Bond archetype. Instead, Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” is very much a product of its time — a coked-out, ultra-synthetic big-’80s pop confection that probably tells us more about the cultural climate of the late Cold War than any of the period’s actual Bond movies even tried to convey. 
Read more: Stereogum

 

July 13, 1991: "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" by UB40 peaked at number 7 on the US music singles chart.
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" is a 1973 song by Al Green, the second single released from his album Call Me. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, UB40 released "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" as the second single from their ninth studio album Labour of Love II. It reached only number 46 in the United Kingdom, but proved to be much more successful elsewhere. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

Hero
Chad Kroeger

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