Thursday, August 26, 2021

Music History Today: August 27, 2021

August 27, 2012: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released the single "Thrift Shop."

"Thrift Shop" is a song by American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring vocals from American singer Wanz. 

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It was released from Macklemore's studio album, The Heist.  The song's lyrics show Macklemore's esteem for thrift shops and saving money, rather than flaunting expensive items like many rappers. Many music reviewers praised the song for its humorous lyrics and social critique. 

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August 27, 1966: "See You In September" by The Happenings peaked at number 3 on the US single's chart.

"See You in September" was first recorded by the Pittsburgh vocal group The Tempos. This first version peaked at #23 in the summer of 1959.

The Happenings
The Happenings

Bob Miranda of the Happenings recalls that he and the other members of the group considered the original version of "See You in September", which was "sort of a slow Cha-Cha—a great song and kind of a bad record. We always looked for that. If you want to revise something and put your own sound to it, I think you should look for a great song that was not a great record." 

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August 27, 1977: "Just a Song Before I Go" by  Crosby, Stills and Nash reached number 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 list.

Crosby, Stills and Nash first played together in 1968, but it was nearly a decade before they toured as a trio. That’s because a certain shaggy Canadian fellow joined their ranks right before they hit the road to support their debut LP.  They sold millions of records without the guy, his contributions to their second record would be a scant two-and-a-half songs and was an incredibly destabilizing force almost completely incapable of operating within the confines of a democratic group. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

August 27, 1983: "King Of Pain" by The Police debuts at number 37 on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart.

"King of Pain" was written by Sting. The song was inspired by his then-recent separation from his first wife. He remarked, 

The Police
The Police

"I conjured up symbols of pain and related them to my soul. A black spot on the sun struck me as being a very painful image, and I felt that was my soul up there on the sun. It's just projecting your state into the world of symbolism, which is what poetry's all about, really." 

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August 27,  2005: "You And Me" by Lifehouse made the Top 5 in the US.

"You And Me" by Lifehouseis a rather giddy love song about being so thoroughly smitten with a girl that time and space seem irrelevant.

Lifehouse
Lifehouse

Lead singer Jason Wade wrote it for his girlfriend, Braeden, whom he married in 2001. He proposed to her using an early version of the song he had on cassette; after the song was finally released in 2005, it became a very popular wedding song. 
Read more: Songfacts

Thrift Shop
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