Sunday, August 15, 2021

Music History Today: August 16, 2021

August 16, 2003:  A cover of  "The Boys of Summer" by The Ataris made a big move from number 55 to 44 on the Billboard single's chart.

"The Boys of Summer"was released in 1984 by Eagles vocalist and drummer Don Henley, with lyrics written by Henley and music composed by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The Ataris

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In 2003, The Ataris covered "The Boys of Summer" for their album So Long, Astoria. Their version replaced the "Deadhead sticker" reference with one more appropriate to the age group of their fans, namely a "Black Flag sticker", in honor of the punk rock band from the 1980s. The single peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart and No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains their most successful single. 

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August 16 , 1966: Simon & Garfunkel recorded "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)."

The 59th Street bridge (officially the Queensboro Bridge), goes over the East River in New York City, connecting Queens to Manhattan. Simon & Garfunkel are from New York, which has a very hectic pace. In this song they remind us to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures in life, like cobblestones and flowers. 
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August 16, 1969: Oliver entered the top 100 at number 72 with "Jean."

"Jean" is a popular song from the 1969 movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. It was written by the American poet and composer Rod McKuen, who also recorded a version of the song.

Oliver
Oliver

In 1969, Oliver reached #3 on the Billboard pop and easy listening charts with his version of "Good Morning Starshine," a song from the musical Hair. While working on an album with producer Bob Crewe, "Jean" was selected as a song for the record and subsequently chosen as the follow-up single. It became another hit for the singer, reaching #2 on the US pop charts, where "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies kept it from #1. 

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August 16, 1975: Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow debuted at number 67 with  "Gone At Last." 

"Gone at Last" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

Paul Simon

It was the lead single from his fourth studio album, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), released on Columbia Records. Phoebe Snow and the Jessy Dixon Singers provide guest vocals, with Snow receiving credit on the single release. 
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August 16, 1986: Eddie Money released "Take Me Home Tonight."

"Take Me Home Tonight" is based on The Ronettes' 1963 hit "Be My Baby," and features their lead singer, Ronnie Spector, on the chorus performing her famous line, "Be my little baby."

Eddie Money
Eddie Money

The song was reworked by the songwriters Michael Leeson and Peter Vale, whose other songs include "Would I Lie To You" by Charles & Eddie and "One Man Woman" by Sheena Easton. The song is about a guy who is in lust with a girl and is trying to convince her to take him home. 
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The Boys of Summer
The Ataris

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