Thursday, August 12, 2021

Music History Today: August 13, 2021

August 13, 1977: Alice Cooper made it to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "You and Me."

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"You and Me" by Alice Cooper was released as the lead single from his album Lace and Whiskey. The song is a soft rock ballad. It turned out to be Cooper's last US top-ten hit until "Poison" twelve years later. 
Read more: Wikipedia
August 13, 1961: Curtis Lee scores a Top 10 hit when "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" make it to number 7 on the US music chart. 
Curtis Lee was from Yuma, Arizona, and began a recording career in 1959.

Curtis Lee
Curtis Lee

Lee wrote the golden oldie “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” with Tommy Boyce. (Boyce, along with Bobby Hart, went on to write hits for The Monkees.) The record was produced by the famous and infamous Phil Spector and is in the doo wop style.  The Halos, an R&B vocal group, sang the backgrounds. 
Read more: Daily Doo-Wop

August 1, 1977: The Bay City Rollers hit number 10 on the Billboard chart with "You Made Me Believe in Magic."
"You Made Me Believe in Magic" had its greatest impact in North America. It was the Bay City Rollers' third and final US Top 10 hit.  
Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
Chicago radio superstation WLS, which gave the song much airplay, ranked "You Made Me Believe in Magic" as the 27th most popular hit of 1977. It reached as high as number 2 on their survey of July 30, 1977. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

August 13, 1988: "Make Me Lose Control" by  Eric Carmen made it to the Top 3 in the US.
Carmen wrote this with the lyricist Dean Pitchford. They first worked together when they wrote "Almost Paradise" for Pitchford's movie Footloose, and they remained good friends. Some of the songs mentioned in the lyrics: "Uptown" by The Crystals, "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes and "Back In My Arms Again" by The Supremes. Read more: Songfacts

August 13,  1994: "Shine" by Collective Soul peaked at number 11 in the US.
“Shine” is a popular song in the early ’90s. It was written by the lead singer, Ed Roland of the band Collective Soul. 

Collectiv,e Soul
Collectiv,e Soul

He wrote the song in 1989 while sitting in his parents’ living room with Dean Roland (the guitarist of the band). The song is often confused as a Christian song. Even the band were labeled as a Christian band. However, Ed Roland made it clear that they weren’t a Christian band. 

You and Me
Alice Cooper
 

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