Sunday, July 18, 2021

Music History Today: July 19, 2021

July 19,  1975: Sweet was powering up the chart from number 60 to 49 with "Ballroom Blitz." 

Sweet
The Sweet 
"Ballroom Blitz," written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, was inspired by an incident on 27 January 1973 when the band were performing at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and were driven offstage by a bottling. The initial guitar and drum riff of the song has similarity to a 1963 song by Bobby Comstock called "Let's Stomp" 
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July 19, 1968: The Moody Blues released the single "Tuesday Afternoon" in the US.

"Tuesday Afternoon" by English symphonic rock band the Moody Blues  was presented in its original album form on their 1967 album Days of Future Passed in two parts.

Moody Blues
Moody Blues

Justin Hayward wrote the song originally intending to name it "Tuesday Afternoon". At the insistence of producer Tony Clarke, it was named "Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)" for its release on Days of Future Passed. However, when it was released as a single a year later, its name was changed back to "Tuesday Afternoon." 

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July 19, 1969: "Along Came Jones" moved up thirteen spots from number 54 to 41 for Ray Stevens.

"Along Came Jones" was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by the Coasters.  A cover version by novelty pop artist Ray Stevens in 1969, reached a peak of #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. Stevens was also the voice of "Salty Sam," and (in falsetto) of "Sweet Sue," who screams for help and makes humorous ad-libs (e.g. "there he go again, tyin' me up, same routine", Help, he tied me up again", and "here comes the train, here comes the train"). The track features dubbed-in laughter and cheering from a "live" audience.  
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July 19, 1980: The Spinners took their medley of "Cupid / I’ve Loved You for a Long Time" to number 4 on the Billboard How 100 singles chart.

"Cupid" is a song by American singer Sam Cooke, released on May 16, 1961. It charted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1980, the song was covered, in a medley with Michael Zager's "I've Loved You For a Long Time", by The Spinners. Zager wrote the medley arrangements. This version went to number four on 19 July - 2 August 1980 on the Hot 100, thus becoming the highest-charting version on the Hot 100. 
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July 19, 2003: "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty peaked at number 5 in the US.

"Unwell" is a song by American alternative rock group Matchbox Twenty. Released on February 3, 2003,it was written by Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas. 

Matchbox Twenty

The music video predominantly features lead singer Rob Thomas seeing various odd occurrences throughout, all the while singing along to the song. The other band members only appear in cameos, notably when Thomas boards a subway and they are seen in the background. The song was the second most-played song in the United States in 2003  and the music video was No. 1 on VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2003. 

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Ballroom Blitz
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