Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Music History Today: September 16, 2021

September 16, 1978: "Hot Shot" by Karen Young debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart.
Hot Shot," recorded by American singer Karen Young, was included on her debut studio album of the same name.

"Hot Shot" by Karen Young single

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It was released as the lead single from the album and reached number one on the US Billboard disco chart for the week of August 5, 1978 and spent two weeks there. The single also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, where it only got as far as number 67 that same year. 
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September 16, 1967: "You're My Everything" by the The Temptations makes it to number 6 on Billboard's single's chart.
"You're My Everything" by The Temptations is the first of three singles to be co-written for the group by Motown songwriter Rodger Penzabene. It reached number three on the U.S. R&B chart and number six on the U.S. Pop chart. It would be the third single from the group's 1967 album The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul. 
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September 16, 1972: Mac Davis reached number 1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me."
Imagine the ridiculous, outsized confidence it must take to tell a girl that you know she’s falling in love with you, that you can just sense it. 

Mac Davis
Mac Davis

And imagine the chutzpah it must take to, in the same breath, tell her, no, sorry, that’s not going to happen. That’s what Mac Davis does on “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” his sole #1 hit. 
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September 16, 1978: Earth, Wind and Fire got to 9 with the Beatle's cover, "Got to Get You Into my Life."
With its hot horn section, "Got to Get You Into My Life" was already one of the funkier Beatles songs out there. 

Earth, Wind and Fire
Earth, Wind and Fire

That made it a natural fit for EWF, who covered the song for the 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film starring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton.  
Read more: Rolling Stone

September 16, 1979: The first Rap record released was the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," recorded over the instrumental break from Chic's "Good Times."
The "Rapper's Delight" 12-inch was released in September 1979. 

Sugarhill Gang
 Sugarhill Gang
It was 15 minutes long, and yet black radio started playing it — so much so that Sugarhill Gang recorded a seven-minute version for pop stations and introduced the black neighborhood sound of the 1970s to white listeners. Harry Allen, from The Village Voice and Vibe magazine, says that, until then, rap had been for young black males with few opportunities. 
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Hot Shot
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