Saturday, August 21, 2021

Music History Today: August 22, 2021

August 22, 1970: Eric Burdon and War make it to Number 3 on the US chart with "Spill the Wine." 
In 1969, Eric Burdon had a vision: a band that could speak out against the turmoil of inner-city violence and fractured race relations by providing an inclusive, utopian view of the world. This band could blend any genre, play any song, and write any lyrics that they pleased.

Eric Burdon and War
Eric Burdon & War
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The first record from the group, Eric Burdon Declares “War”, is a fairly hippie-dippy affair, keeping in line with Burdon’s peace-driven vision. There aren’t many hooks on the album, but one song had a strangely alluring power to it. As far as hit songs go, ‘Spill the Wine’ is among the more bizarre. 
Read more: Far Out Magazine

August 22, 1970: Tom Jones enters the Billboard Hot 100 chart at Number 46 with "I (Who Have Nothing)." 

Tom Jones
Tom Jones
Tom Jones fell out of the Top Ten LPs with I (Who Have Nothing), but the title track was one of his biggest hits, as well as being one of the best moments on this consistent, but average set, which also featured fine versions of "To Love Somebody" and "Try a Little Tenderness." 
Read more: Allmusic

August 22, 1981: The Theme From “Hill Street Blues” by Mike Post enters the US single's chart. 

"Hill Street Blues" is a 1981 instrumental; the theme from the TV series Hill Street Blues, and features Larry Carlton on guitar.

Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues

The tune spent over five months on the charts and reached number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was Post's second Top 10 hit, matching the performance of his first hit in 1976, "Theme from the Rockford Files." 
Read more: Wikipedia


August 22, 1986: The movie Stand By Me is released in theaters.

The movie Stand By Me poster
The movie is based on a novella by Stephen King called The Body, but director Rob Reiner decides to name it after the famous song to play up the friendship storyline and keep it from sounding like a slasher film.

August 22, 1998: INOJ's cover of Cyndi Lauper's  "Time After Time" entered the single chart at Number 16. 

"Time After Time" is a 1983 song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. It's selected as one of the Best Love Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone, Nerve and MTV. American R&B singer INOJ's version of the song peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video of this version first aired on BET and The Box. 
Read more: Wikipedia


Spill the Wine
Eric Burdon and War

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