Thursday, August 19, 2021

Music History Today: August 20, 2021

August 20, 1983: Stevie Nicks makes it to the Top 5 with "Stand Back." 
Even on the day in 1983 that she married now ex-husband Kim Anderson, Stevie Nicks couldn't refuse her muse. As the couple drove out to Santa Barbara for their honeymoon, Nicks heard Prince's "Little Red Corvette" on the radio and felt inspired.

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“All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I’m singing along, going, ‘Stand back!’” Nicks recalled to Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. “I’m like, ’Kim, pull over! We need to buy a tape recorder because I need to record this.’ And so we do – we careen off the freeway to find a radio, record shop or something, and we go in and we buy a little tape recorder.” 
Read more: Ultimate Prince

August 20, 1966: "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb peaked at number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. 

An evergreen song can help sustain an artist or writer’s career for a lifetime, and since he both wrote and sang it, Bobby Hebb hit the jackpot in 1966 with the jazzy pop hit “Sunny.” The song made it to #1 on the Cashbox charts and Hebb became an opening act for The Beatles on their final tour, and “Sunny” has since been recorded hundreds of times by other artists. 
Read more: American Songwriter

August 20, 1977: The Emotions hit number 1 in the US with the disco track "Best Of My Love" for the first of five weeks.
Before “Best Of My Love,” the three Hutchinson sisters had been singing together for decades. They’d grown up in Chicago, and they’d sung together at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church as kids. Their father Joe formed them into a group. 

The sisters were a local sensation, performing on TV for the first time in 1958. Later, they hosted a radio show, then a Sunday-morning gospel series on local TV. Eventually, the Staples Singers, another beloved Chicago gospel family act, brought the Heavenly Sunbeams along to Stax Records, where they switched from gospel to soul and changed their name to the Emotions. 
Read more: Stereogum

August 20, 1983: "It's a Mistake" by Men At Work peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard chart.
"It's a Mistake" by the Australian band Men at Work was written by the lead singer and guitarist Colin Hay and the recording was produced by Peter McIan. It was released in June 1983, as the third single from their album Cargo.

Men At Work
Men At Work
The song's lyrics deal with the mindset of military men across the world in the 1980s, wondering if and when the democratic countries of NATO and the communist states of the Warsaw Pact will end the Cold War standoff with conventional battle or a nuclear exchange. Hay sings in the persona of a mid-level officer wishing to learn from his superiors if his men are going to war or not. 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 20, 2018: The RIAA certifies The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 at 38 million units, making it the best-selling album of all-time in America, besting Michael Jackson's Thriller by 5 million (another Eagles album, Hotel California, is third with 26 million). Worldwide, Thriller is by far the biggest selling album.


Stand Back
Stevie Nicks

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