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Music History Today: September 1, 2021

September 1, 1979: With "My Sharona" at the top, "Good Girls Don't" by The Knack entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Good Girls Don't" was written by Doug Fieger, lead vocalist for The Knack. Fieger originally wrote it with Johnny Cash's voice in mind. 

The Knack
The Knack

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He'd included it on three or four demos in various attempts to get a recording contract. By the time The Knack was recording Get the Knack, he was tired of the song and reluctant to record it, but was convinced by producer Mike Chapman to attempt one take. 

Read more: Wikipedia

September 1, 1967: A young guitarist named Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band.

"Gangster of Love" is a blues song recorded by Johnny "Guitar" Watson in 1957. When he re-recorded the song in 1978, it became a hit. It is perhaps Watson's best known song and several artists have recorded interpretations. The Steve Miller Band recorded it for their 1968 album Sailor. 

The Steve Miller Band Sailor LP album cover 

In an album review for AllMusic, Amy Hanson commented: "It's the LP that introduced many to the Johnny 'Guitar' Watson classic 'Gangster of Love,' a song that would become almost wholly Miller's own, giving the fans an alter ego to caress long before 'The Joker' arose to show his hand." In 1973, "The Joker", written by Miller, was his first number one hit and included the line "some call me the gangster of love." 

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September 1, 1973: Rod Stewart rose to the top of the U.K. Album chart with Sing It Again, Rod.

In some ways, 1973 was a little early for Rod Stewart to release a greatest-hits album, since he had only released four albums to that point. 

Sing It Again, Rod album cover

Nevertheless, Sing It Again Rod is a good collection, featuring most of the obvious choices from his first four records -- "Handbags and Gladrags," "Street Fighting Man," "Gasoline Alley," "You Wear It Well" and a full side of Every Picture Tells a Story. 
Read more: Allmusic


September 1, 1978:  Styx released the album Pieces of Eight on A&M Records.

"Renegade," a 1979 hit song recorded by the Styx, was on their Pieces of Eight album.

Styx album Pieces of Eight

The song is a first-person narrative of an outlaw, captured for a bounty, who recognizes that he is about to be executed for his criminal activities. The execution will be by hanging, as the outlaw laments, "Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don't have very long." 
Read more: Wikipedia


September 1,  1984: "Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart peaked at Number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

While "Sunglasses At Night" is his best known song in America, Corey Hart is far from a one-hit wonder, with nine US Top 40 hits from 1984-1990. His biggest chart hit came on his second album when "Never Surrender" hit #3 in the US. In his native Canada, "Sunglasses" was just a minor hit, reaching #24. His three Canadian chart-toppers are "Never Surrender," "Everything in My Heart" and "Can't Help Falling in Love." 
Read more: Songfacts

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