Sunday, August 8, 2021

Music History Today: August 9, 2021

August 9, 1980: Diana Ross had one of the hottest up-and-coming songs in the nation as "Upside Down" moved from 49 to 10.

In 1980, as disco was disappearing from the pop charts, Diana Ross recruited the biggest and best group of the late disco era to become her backing band. On Ross’ 1980 album Diana, Chic were basically her backing band. 

Diana Ross
Diana Ross

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Chic masterminds Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards wrote and produced every song on the album, and they recorded it in their New York studio. Rodgers and Edwards played guitar and bass on it. The other musicians in Chic — drummer Tony Thompson, keyboardists Raymond Jones and Andy Schwartz — also played on the record. Chic vocalists Alfa Anderson and Luci Martin sang backup. It was almost as if Diana Ross had become a member of Chic. 

Read more: Stereogum

August 9, 1971: Elton John records "Tiny Dancer."

There are songs that create an immediate impact on the listening world, and there are others that take a little time to make their mark on the public consciousness.

Elton John
Elton John

Consider the example of “Tiny Dancer,” words by Bernie Taupin and music by Elton John, the opening track on John’s 1971 album Madman Across The Water. Elton didn’t even release it as a single in the U.K., and, though it was a single in America, it didn’t make much of a dent, reaching only #41 on the charts. 
Read more: American Songwriter

 

August 9, 1975:  Olivia Newton-John peaks at number 3 with "Please Mr. Please." 

"Please Mr. Please" is a song from 1974, and was written by Bruce Welch and John Rostill, both members of British pop singer Cliff Richard's backing band, The Shadows.

Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John

Welch had originally recorded the song himself in 1974 with no commercial success. In 1975, the song was most successful in a recording by the British-Australian singer Olivia Newton-John. The song begins as an apparent tribute to the jukebox and how one can listen to a lot of great music for a small price. But instead of continuing along those lines, the song picks up on how some songs on the jukebox can trigger bad memories.  

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August 9, 1976: Abba released the single "Fernando" in the US.

"Fernando" was not originally released as an ABBA song but as a solo single by band member Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It was featured on her No. 1 Swedish solo album Frida ensam. The song was composed by Benny Andersson and Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus and carried the working title of "Tango". Preparations for recording began in August 1975. The writers made last-minute changes to the title before recording. The name "Fernando" was inspired by a bartender of that name who worked at a club the band frequented in Stockholm, Sweden. 
Read more: Wikipedia

 

August 9, 1983: "One Thing Leads to Another" by the Fixx is released in the US.

"One Thing Leads to Another" is a song by English new wave band the Fixx, from their album Reach the Beach.

New Wave band the Fixx
 Fixx

It is the band's most successful single, reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 1983. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Rock Top Tracks chart and became a number-one hit in Canada. Vocalist Cy Curnin has described the song as an indictment of dishonest politicians. 

Read more: Wikipedia

Upside Down
Diana Ross

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