Sunday, July 4, 2021

Music History Today: July 5, 2021

July 5, 1986: "Your Wildest Dreams" by the Moody Blues took over at number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

“Your Wildest Dreams” is a single from The Moody Blues’ 1986 LP “The Other Side of Life.” 

Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues
Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues

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It was written by Justin Hayward – the band’s lead singer, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter. It peaked at #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and its accompanying music video which starred actress Janet Spencer-Turner was on heavy rotation on MTV. “Your Wildest Dreams” gives off that nostalgic vibes as it’s about the one that got away. 

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July 5, 1971: Three Dog Night released the single "Liar."

"Liar" is a song written by Russ Ballard of Argent from their 1970 self-titled debut album. It was released as the band's first single, but did not chart. A version by Three Dog Night was released the following year and featured on the band's album, Naturally. In the U.S., "Liar" reached #7 on the Billboard chart. 
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July 5, 1980: Fastest moving song on the charts,  "Jojo" by Boz Scaggs, moved up fifteen places, from number 46 to 51.

"Jojo" is a song by Boz Scaggs. It was released in 1980 as the second single from his album Middle Man.

Boz Scaggs album cover Middle Man
The song talks about a pimp working in Broadway. Like the album's other single "Breakdown Dead Ahead", the song is a Top 20 hit, peaking at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
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July 5, 1986: "No One Is to Blame" by Howard Jones peaked at number 4 on the Hot 100 singles chart.

"No One Is To Blame" is a single from British new wave artist Howard Jones. 

Howard Jones
Howard Jones
The song was originally released in 1985 on Jones' "Dream Into Action" album, however, it didn't become a hit until Jones reworked the original recording into a slicker, more radio-friendly, recording with Phil Collins producing and handling background vocals. This was Howard Jones' biggest hit in the United States, where it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 single charts. The song also charted high in both Australia and the U.K. 
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July 5, 1997: Third Eye Blind debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the top 20 at number 17 with "Semi-Charmed Life." 

Someone once told Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins that their '90s emblem "Semi-Charmed Life" sounds like "summer and everything is going to be wonderful," according to Kerrang.

Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind

It's easy to agree. "Doo doo doos" lace the track, and Jenkin's rap-like delivery over an upbeat, post-grunge beat is infectious. "Semi-Charmed Life" was the lead single from Third Eye Blind's debut album. The song spent 43 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at the #4 position in August 1997. 

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