Saturday, August 14, 2021

Music History Today: August 15, 2021

August 15, 1999: "I Need to Know" by Marc Anthony is released as a single from his self-titled album.

Throughout his 30 plus year career, Marc Anthony has created hit after hit. The 52-year-old Puerto Rican singer is one of the top selling tropical salsa artists of all time, with the Guinness World Records titles to prove it. 

 Marc Anthony

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Marc Anthony was Anthony's first solo album in English, "I Need to Know" was the lead single. The singer also recorded a Spanish version called "Dímelo." When it was first released, "I Need to Know" peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs in the U.S.  

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August 15, 1964 The fastest moving song, from number 72 to 50,  is "G.T.O." by Ronny and the Daytonas.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist John "Bucky" Wilkin wrote this song as a high school senior in a physics class. Shortly thereafter, his mother, Marijohn Wilkin (a writer of country music), helped him land a publishing deal and a session with producer Bill Justis (based in Nashville). Justis hired different session artists to record this song but then requested the song to be credited under a group name. It was then that Wilkin adopted the stage name of Ronny Dayton and the group became the Daytonas. No such group existed until this song was recorded. 
Read more: Songfacts

 

August 15, 1981: "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie takes over the top of the US singles music chart.

Diana Ross was done with Motown. Lionel Richie was still in the Commodores when he wrote “Endless Love.” 

Endless Love movie poster

Zeffirelli, the Italian director, was making a movie out of Endless Love, a Scott Spencer novel about desperate teenage romance and sexual obsession. Zeffirelli met with Richie and asked Richie to write him an instrumental theme. Richie agreed. Later on, Zeffirelli changed his mind, asking Richie to write lyrics to that theme. And he told Richie that the theme might be better if it had a female singer — someone like Diana Ross. 

Read more: Stereogum

 

August 15, 1991:  The single "Everybody Plays the Fool" by Aaron Neville is released from the album Warm Your Heart.

"Everybody Plays the Fool" is the title of a popular song written by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark and Ken Williams. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best R&B Song at the 1973 ceremony. The first recording of the song to reach the Top 40 in the United States was by the R&B group The Main Ingredient. Singer Aaron Neville recorded a cover version of "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1991 which also hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching No. 8 in the fall of that year, and it spent 20 weeks on the chart. 
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August 15, 1992: Patty Smyth and Don Henley had the highest debut on the Hot 100 chart at number 53 with "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough."

Patty Smyth and Glen Burtnik knew they had a powerful song when they co-wrote “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” with Smyth even weeping after writing an emotional bridge section. But it took some reassuring from close friends and several valiant attempts tracking the song to finally get to the released version that wound up on Smyth’s 1992 self-titled release. 

Don Henley and Patty Smyth
Don Henley and Patty Smyth

In fact, Eddie Van Halen laid down guitar parts on an early version, a second version was recorded in Nashville, and Don Henley, Sheryl Crow and E Street Band member Roy Bittan (who produced the record) perform on the final, released recording of the 1992 Grammy-nominated song. “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” is testament to persisting at your craft when you know you have a great song that conveys a universal sentiment of love lost through no specific fault of either person. 

Read more: American Songwriter

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