Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Music History Today: July 29, 2021

July 29, 1991: "Enter Sandman" is released as a single from Metallica's Black Album.
Metallica's "Enter Sandman" is one of the most instantly recognizable and universally beloved metal songs of all time, from its bluesy main riff to its menacing lyrics to its iconic music video. 

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The opening cut on the band's polarizing but ultimately massively successful self-titled LP — better known as "The Black Album" — it also served as the lead single off the record, released two weeks ahead of the watershed full-length on July 30th, 1991. Here are five little-known and surprising facts about the enduring anthem. 
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July 29, 1967: Stevie Wonder peaks at number 2 on the US music chart with "I Was Made to Love Her." 
"I Was Made to Love Her" was written by Stevie Wonder, his mother Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy, and producer Henry Cosby. When asked in a 1968 interview which of his songs stood out in his mind, Wonder answered "'I Was Made to Love Her' because it's a true song". The last lyric line "You know Stevie ain't gonna leave her" was ad libbed by Wonder. 
Read more: Wikipedia

July 29, 1978: Little River Band's "Reminiscing," their biggest US hit, debuted in the Top 100 on Billboard.
"Reminiscing" by Australian soft rock music group Little River Band remains the band's greatest success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Easy Listening chart.

It was given a BMI Five Million-Air award for five million plays on US radio—the highest achievement ever for any Australian popular song. According to Albert Goldman's biography, John Lennon named "Reminiscing" as one of his favourite songs. May Pang, erstwhile girlfriend of Lennon, said "Oddly, with all the fantastic music he wrote, "our song" was Reminiscing by the Little River Band."  
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July 29, 1989: Their second week in Billboard's Top 100, Warrant was flying up the chart from number 78 to 50 with "Heaven."
Heaven, a power ballad by American glam metal band Warrant, is their most commercially successful single, spending two weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

It took thier record company by surprise. Once the widespread appeal of the song became apparent, the band were instructed to re-record the track to lend it a "bigger radio sound". The first 250,000 copies of the record featured the original version while later pressings featured a new version. 
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July 29, 2006: The first week in Billboard's Top 100, John Mayer debuted at 25 with "Waiting On the World to Change."
The song "Waiting On the World to Change" was featured on John Mayer's second studio album, Continuum. 

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It's about Mayer's generation—"me and all my friends," as he puts it in the first line of the song—and their feeling of hopelessness. The song is critical of those in power. Mayer voices his opposition to war and his dissatisfaction with a media that twists information to satisfy its own agendas. 
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