Friday, July 2, 2021

Music History Today: July 3, 2021

July 3, 1982: Jennifer Holliday enters the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)" from Dreamgirls. 

"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is a torch song from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. It's sung by the character Effie White, a singer with the girl group The Dreams, to her manager, Curtis Taylor Jr., whose romantic and professional relationship with Effie is ending. 

Original Dreamgirls musical poster 1982

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The lyrics to "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", often considered the show's signature tune, describe Effie's love for Curtis, both strongly devoted and defiant. She refuses to let Curtis leave her behind, and boldly proclaims to him, "I'm staying and you ... you're gonna love me." 

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July 3,  1965:  "I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)" by Otis Redding reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

"I've Been Loving You Too Long" was written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler. It's considered by music critics and writers to be one of Redding's finest performances. It became his second best selling single. The song was added to the United States National Recording Registry in 2003. 
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July 3, 1965: Johnny Rivers single "Seventh Son" peaked at number 7 on the US singles chart.

“Seventh Son” became Johnny Rivers’ third US Top 10 hit. He’d continue to notch hits throughout the ’60s, nearly all of them covers or, in the case of “Secret Agent Man,” a song written expressly for him by P.F. Sloan. 

Johnny Rivers
Johnny Rivers

The lone exception, 1966’s “Poor Side of Town,” penned by Rivers with producer Lou Adler, would also be his lone US #1. When old-school rock ‘n’ roll made a comeback in the ‘70s, it brought Rivers along with it, earning a new batch of hits with oldies such as Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes,” and the Beach Boys’ “Help Me Rhonda.”  

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July 3,  1982:  Billy Idol had his first hit on the US music chart when "Hot In The City" debuted.

"Hot in the City" was released as the lead single from Billy Idol's self-titled album. It charted at No. 23 in the US and No. 58 in the UK. A re-release of the song in the UK in 1987 reached No. 13.

Billy Idol
Billy Idol

There are two versions of the video. The first version (the 1982 version) starts off with a girl walking into a record store. She picks up a Billy Idol record and the song starts to play. The video features scenes from New York City, interspersed with stock footage of nuclear bomb tests. The second version (the 1987 version) was banned by MTV because it showed Idol's then-girlfriend Perri Lister bound to a cross toward the end of the video.  

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July 3, 1999: Blessid Union Of Souls was powering up the charts from number 59 to 48 with their hit "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me). "

"Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)" is a song by American alternative rock group Blessid Union of Souls from their third album, Walking Off the Buzz. It is one of the band's most popular songs, reaching number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a top-twenty hit in Australia, Canada and Iceland.

Blessid Union of Souls
Blessid Union of Souls

The song describes how a man knows his girlfriend likes him regardless of his possessions, social status, and physical traits. It references celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio, Tyson Beckford, Robert Redford, Luciano Pavarotti, Cindy Crawford, the character of Dirty Harry, and the performances of Steve Buscemi in Fargo and Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy. 

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"And I Am Telling You" 
Jennifer Holliday

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