Friday, August 27, 2021

Music History Today: August 28, 2021

August 28,1976: "Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

The Young and the Restless has been a Daytime fixture since the sudser premiered in 1973. Just as iconic is its earworm of a theme song.

Nadia Comaneci
Nadia Comaneci

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It wasn't until the 1976 Olympics that the ditty captured the zeitgeist. Wide World of Sports used it to underscore a montage of gymnast Nadia Comaneci's floor routines. Viewers were obsessed, and A&M Records capitalized on public interest by releasing it as a single titled "Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)." The commercial hit peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100—and even won the 1977 Grammy for "Best Instrumental Arrangement." 

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August 28,  1965: The Four Tops reached the Top 5 on the US single's chart with "It's the Same Old Song." 

Motown released “It’s The Same Old Song” as the Four Tops’ follow-up to the pop and R&B No.1 “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).” But little did eager record-buyers know the deft footwork that had been required to get it into stores that day. 

The Four Tops
The Four Tops,

The rush was caused by the fact that, with the Tops now a hot commercial property, Columbia was reissuing the only single they released by the group, “Ain’t That Love.” It was all of five years old, but Motown supremo Berry Gordy knew he had to get the company’s sequel to “I Can’t Help Myself” out immediately. 

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August 28, 1971: "So Far Away" by Carole King debuted on the US single's chart. 

Carole King scored another hit with "So Far Away," where she bemoans the fact that she and the man she loves can't be together, and mentions that people in general were becoming more disconnected from each other. It was the fourth single from her famous Tapestry album, which sold over 11 million copies. King wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album, ushering in the singer/songwriter genre. 
Read more: Songfacts

August 28, 1976: George Benson's cover of "This Masquerade" makes it to the Top 10.

“This Masquerade” was written by musician and songwriter Leon Russell. 

George Benson
George Benson 

It first appeared on the B-side of his 1972 single “Tight Rope.” Russell’s original recording had a life of its own and was included on the soundtrack of William Friedkin’s The Bug (2006). However, it was guitarist and vocalist George Benson who recorded the most famous version of “This Masquerade,” produced by Tommy LiPuma. 

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August 28, 1993:  Culture Beat had the top U.K. song with "Mr. Vain."

"Mr. Vain" is a song by the German group Culture Beat, released as the lead single from their second studio album Serenity (1993). Tania Evans is the lead vocalist and Supreme is the rapper.

Culture Beat
Culture Beat

The song achieved huge success worldwide, reaching number-one in at least 12 countries. In the United States, it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. The song earned an award at the German Echo Award in 1994, in the category for "Best International Dance Single." 
Read more: Wikipedia


Nadia's Theme
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