Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Music History Today: July 22, 2021

July 22, 1978: "Time for Me to Fly" by REO Speedwagon makes its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
REO Speedwagon front-man Kevin Cronin recalled the 10-year delay between starting to write “Time for Me to Fly” and completing the song.

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The 1978 single appeared on the band’s seventh album, You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish, and helped it become their first Top 40 LP. But Cronin had spent nearly a decade with unfinished ideas rolling around the back of his mind, as he told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. 
July 22, 1967: The Bee Gees were powering up the US singles chart from Number 79 to 42 with "To Love Somebody."
"To Love Somebody" is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb. It reached No. 17 in the United States and No. 41 in the United Kingdom.

The Bee Gees in Stockholm 1967
The Bee Gees in Stockholm 1967 

Barry and Robin Gibb wrote "To Love Somebody", a soulful ballad in the style of Sam & Dave or The Rascals, for Otis Redding. Redding came to see Barry at the Plaza in New York City one night. Robin claimed that "Otis Redding said he loved our material and would Barry write him a song."  Redding died in a plane crash later that year, before having a chance to record the song. 
Read more: Wikipedia

July 22, 1972:  Mouth & MacNeal peaked at Number 8 on the US music chart with "How Do You Do."
A colorful pop duo from the Netherlands best known for their 1972 international hit "How Do You Do," Mouth & MacNeal came to be in 1971 when producer Hans van Hemert brought together the talents of former construction worker-turned-rocker Willem Duyn (aka "Big Mouth") and classically trained vocalist Sjoukje Van’t Spiijker (aka "Maggie MacNeal"). 

The duo wasted little time in issuing their first single, "Hey You Love," which was a huge regional hit. But it was the next two singles, "How Do You Do" and "Hello-A," that shot to the number one spot on the Dutch charts, with the former becoming an international phenomenon. 
Read more: Allmusic

July 22, 1978: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band rose to Number 4 with "Still the Same."
It took a decade of relentless work, but by 1978, Bob Seger was a full-fledged rock superstar. Live Bullet and Night Moves established him as a commercial force, and by the time Stranger in Town came out in May 1978, he had fans lining up in the stores. The album's lead-off single was "Still the Same." 
Read more: Rolling Stone

July 22, 2000: "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" by Nine Days made it up to Number 6 in the US on Billboards' Hot 100 singles chart.
"Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" by American rock band Nine Days was released as the lead single from The Madding Crowd in April 2000 through 550 Music and Epic Records. 

Nine Days "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)"
Nine Days

The song is an upbeat power pop anthem. The music video was directed by Liz Friedlander and received airplay on MTV and VH1. The band's follow-up single, "If I Am", fared worse than its predecessor, and Nine Days became a one-hit wonder. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Time for Me to Fly
REO Speedwagon

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