Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Music History Today: July 15, 2021

July 15, 1966: Sweet Charity, a musical directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse, closed after a successful 25 week run.

"Big Spender" is a song written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the musical Sweet Charity, first performed in 1966. 

:Sweet Charity, the Broadway  musical poster 1966

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Peggy Lee was the first artist to record the song for her album of the same name also that year. It is sung, in the musical, by the dance hostess girls; it was choreographed by Bob Fosse for the Broadway musical and the 1969 film. It is set to the beat of a striptease as the girls taunt the customers. 

Read more: Wikipedia

July 15, 1972: Neil Diamond released the studio album Moods.

There is nothing on this album that is not catchy, intelligent, playful, sentimental and incredibly likable. Two hits songs, "Song Sung Blue" and "Play Me" have been in Neil Diamond's playbook since 1972.

Read more: Allmusic


July 15, 1989:  Simply Red reached Number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with their remake of  "If You Don't Know Me By Now."

If You Don't Know Me by Now" was first recorded by the Philadelphia soul musical group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. It was their first hit , topping the US R&B chart and peaking at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Simply Red
Simply Red

Simply Red's version of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" was a major commercial success on the charts in 1989, giving the band their second US number one and peaking at number 38 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. This version also won the Grammy Award for the Best R&B Song of 1989.  

Read more: Wikipedia 


July 15, 1998: "There's Something About Mary," a musical-ish comedy featuring  Jonathan Richman, opens in theaters.

For all of its vulgarity, There's Something About Mary was sweet and cheerful, due in no small part to Jonathan Richman's terrific, heartfelt appearances as the film's chorus. 


They were funny and warm, like the movie itself, and they form the core of the film's soundtrack, which is also a delight. The soundtrack, it isn't perfect but there are enough terrific pop and alt-pop songs, from the Dandy Warhols' "Every Day Should Be a Holiday" and Ivy's "This Is the Day" to Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out with Him" and the Lemonheads' "If I Could Talk I'd Tell You," to make it thoroughly entertaining. 

Read more: Allmusic

July 15, 2012: "Gangnam Style" by Psy was released on YouTube.

Singer Psy has become the first K-pop artist to score 4 billion views on YouTube with the music video for his mega-hit single, "Gangnam Style," which became a global sensation in 2012.

Rap-Singer Psy Gangham Style
P Nation, founded and led by the rapper, announced that the music video has hit a new record Sunday. The highest view record in K-pop comes about eight years and seven months after the music video was released. 
Read more: Korea Times

Big Spender
Sweet Charity 1966

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