Saturday, August 7, 2021

Music History Today: August 8, 2021

August 8 1987: U2 takes over at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
:I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" was the second single released from U2's breakthrough 1987 album The Joshua Tree. The song was deeply inspired by American gospel music. According to the Edge:  
U2 1987
U2 1987

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"We were listening to some gospel during The Joshua Tree sessions. I remember the Mighty Clouds and the Rev. Cleveland and the Staple Singers...." Supposedly the album version was very different from the first attempt, when the song was called "Under the Weather."  
Read more: Allmusic
August 8, 1961: Britain's Lonnie Donegan has his biggest hit in the US when the novelty tune "Does You're Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight" reaches number 5.
"Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight?)" by Lonnie Donegan. was also Donegan's greatest chart success in the United States. The song is a cover version of "Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?" written by Billy Rose, Ernest Breuer, and Marty Bloom and first released in 1924 by The Happiness Boys. 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 8, 1964: A new group, The Animals, first charted with "The House Of The Rising Sun" on this date.
British Rock band The Animals struck gold with the release of their 1964 hit single, "The House of the Rising Sun."  After shooting to the top of the UK pop charts, "The House of the Rising Sun" became a transatlantic hit, topping charts in the US, Canada, and other countries.

The Animals
The Animals

The song takes on a haunting feeling as lead singer Eric Burdon sings of a house called the rising sun "down in New Orleans," which has been "the ruin of many a poor boy." Many believe the house Burdon sings about is a brothel, but there have also been theories that it may be a women's prison or a gambling house. 
Read more: Wide Open Country

 

August 8, 1981: The Manhattan Transfer reached the zenith of their run up the US singles chart at number 7 with "Boy From New York City."
"The Boy from New York City" is a song originally recorded by the American soul group The Ad Libs in 1964. It peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart week of February 27, 1965. The song was later covered by The Manhattan Transfer, Their version, featuring Janis Siegel on lead, peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August 1981.  
Read more: Wikipedia

August 8, 1970: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours" by Stevie Wonder peaks at number 3 one the US singles chart.
The release of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” in June 1970 marked a pivotal turning point in the career of Stevie Wonder. By that summer, the 20-year-old artist had already established himself as a rising pop and R&B star. 
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
The former child prodigy had scored a bevy of hit singles, including “Fingertips Part 2” (1963), “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (1965), “For Once in My Life” (1968) and “My Cherie Amour.” Still, all of his work up until this point had been created within the framework of his Motown Records label, with a watchful producer overseeing each track. 

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
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