Sunday, August 29, 2021

Music History Today: August 30, 2021

August 30, 1980: "Whip It" by Devo debuts on the US Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

Following their 1978 breakthrough with the Brian Eno-produced Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Devo struggled to impress their label, Warner Brothers, with 1989's Duty Now for the Future. 


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For their third album, the band faced a do-or-die situation. Leave it to the Midwestern spud-boys to defy all odds: the band whipped back to the studio and returned with "Whip It," a single so irresistibly odd that it resurged to the charts after its release in August 1980. 

Read more: Totally 80s

August 30, 1969: Jackie DeShannon reached Number 4 with "Put a Little Love in Your Heart."

Jackie DeShannon composed "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" with her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday.

Jackie DeShannon
Jackie DeShannon

In the U.S., it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching number 4 on the Hot 100 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. The song rivaled the success of her signature song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love." 
Read more: Wikipedia


August 30, 1975: Natalie Cole first debuts on Billboard's chart with "This Will Be." 

Natalie Cole's first single, this funky pop song made a statement that she was not going to be a ballad singer like her famous father, Nat King Cole, who died when she was 15.

Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole

Cole  was extremely successful in the late '70s, but also developed a drug addiction that derailed her career and almost killed her. She got sober in the mid-'80s and launched a comeback. 

Read more: Songfacts


August 30, 1986: "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood hits Number 1 on the US single's chart.

When Steve Winwood scored his first chart-topper, he was 38 years old, and he was the very image of yuppified boomer-pop stardom. By the time “Higher Love” hit, Winwood would’ve been a familiar face. “Higher Love” landed at #1 more than 20 years after Winwood had first appeared on the Hot 100. 
Read more: Stereogum


August 30, 2003: "Bigger Than My Body by John Mayer entered, at Number 66, the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

"Bigger Than My Body" was the first single released by American singer John Mayer from his second album, Heavier Things.

John Mayer
John Mayer

Mayer composed the song after going to a Coldplay concert. He wrote it to explain his desire to write both moving and great music, like what he found in artists like Coldplay, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pearl Jam. At the same time, he commented on the frustration of not being able to get the music outside of his own body. 

Read more: Wikipedia

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