Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Music History Today: August 12, 2021

August 12, 1989: Richard Marx lands his third consecutive US number 1 as "Right Here Waiting" hits the top spot.
"Right Here Waiting" was the second single from the album Repeat Offender. Marx wrote the song on the road as a love letter to his wife. 

Richard Marx

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The track was arranged by Marx with Jeffery (C.J.) Vanston to feature none of the heavy drums and synthesizers popular at the time, with Marx's vocal accompanied only by classical guitar and keyboards. It is one of Marx's most frequently covered compositions. 
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August 12, 1958: The Crests record "Sixteen Candles."
The Crests were a group that hung around, with a whole lot of minor hits, throughout the late ’50s and early ’60s, a couple of top 20s, and one really big hit, “16 Candles.”

The Crests

The Crests were the first successful interracial doo-wop group, with three African-American members, one Puerto Rican, and one Italian. One of those African-American members was Luther Vandross’ sister, Patricia, who left before “16 Candles” was recorded. The Italian member was Johnny Maestro who had the lead on “16 Candles” and would go on to have a #3 hit with “Worst That Could Happen” in the late ’60s. 
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August 12, 1972: Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway peak at number 5 with "Where Is the Love."
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway were classmates at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University. The two began recording as a duet with favorable comparisons mentioning Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell.  

Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

Percussionist Ralph McDonald and William Salter, two Howard alumni, co-wrote a song titled "Where Is the Love" with the 5th Dimension in mind after hearing the number seven pop hit of Jimmy Webb's, "Up, Up and Away." The two were unsuccessful in trying to get the song to the group. Flack and Hathaway needed one more song for their first album. McDonald suggested "Where Is the Love." 
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August 12, 1974: Bad Company releases "Can't Get Enough."
"Can't Get Enough" was both the first and the highest-charting single released by Bad Company. It still receives heavy airplay today on Classic Rock radio. Bad Company would go on to rack up nine Billboard Top 40 singles from 1974 until 1992. 
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August 12, 1978: "Last Dance" by Donna Summer makes it to number 3 on the US music chart.
Donna Summer was truly the queen of the American pop and R&B scene in the late 1970s. Towards the end of 1978, she had simultaneously topped the US album chart with Live And More and the Hot 100 with her cover of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park.” 

Donna Summer
Donna Summer

In 1978, Summer, who had been such a key figure in turning disco music into a worldwide phenomenon, acted in Thank God It’s Friday, one of the movies produced to maximise the potential of the dance music boom. Her song from the soundtrack, “Last Dance,” turned into a Top 3, gold-certified US pop success, and it went on to become the toast of the next awards season. 
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