Thursday, September 9, 2021

Music History Today: September 10, 2021

September 10, 1988: "When It's Love" by Van Halen peaked at Number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

In his 2011 memoir Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Sammy Hagar recalls being picked up by Alex and Eddie Van Halen at the Los Angeles airport after returning from a promotional trip to Japan for his 1987 solo project, I Never Said Goodbye.

Van Halen 1988
Van Halen

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"'We want you to hear something,' Eddie said. They played me the keyboard part for 'When It's Love,'" Hagar wrote. "I was covered in goose bumps. That was almost the inspiration for the whole album. We knocked that song out and knew we had something." They weren't wrong. 

Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

September 10, 1961:  The Paris Sisters entered the US music chart with "I Love How You Love Me."

The Paris sisters were a girl group from San Francisco. Group members included Priscilla, Albeth, and Sherrell Paris. 

The Paris Sisters 1961
The Paris Sisters

The song “I Love How You Love Me” was written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber, who at the time worked at Don Kirshner’s Aldon Music, which was near the Brill Building in New York City. The song was produced by Phil Spector and recorded at the Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles. In 1961, “I Love How you Love Me” went to #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than one million copies, earning an RIAA Gold Record.  
Read more: Daily DooWop

September 10, 1966: "You Can't Hurry Love"  by The Supremes moved to the top of the US music single's chart.

Every one of the Supremes’ hits had a big beat working for it, a four-four engine driven by handclaps and bass-drum hits. But none of the hits leading up to “You Can’t Hurry Love” had a beat quite that big.

The Supremes
The Supremes 

The first thing we hear on the song is the bass, a perfectly syncopated riff that, at least at the beginning of the song, is just one note. Soon enough, the tambourines come in, and by time time the second verse comes around, it’s exactly as orchestral and effervescent as you’d want a song from circa-’66 Motown to be. 
Read more: Stereogum


September 10, 1977: Rita Coolidge peaked at Number 2 with "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher."

"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" was originally recorded by Jackie Wilson for his album Higher and Higher. Rita Coolidge remade the song as "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" for her album Anytime...Anywhere (1977). Her version has a more moderate tempo than that of the uptempo original, and largely omits the chorus which is evidenced only in the background vocals sung under the repetition of the first verse with which she closes the song. 
Read more: Wikipedia

September 10, 1983: For the next two weeks, Michael Sembello had the Number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Maniac."

Flashdance, the cinematic story of Alex Owens’ dance journey, opened in theaters in April of 1983. Five months later, Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” followed Irene Cara’s “Flashdance… What A Feeling” as the second single from the Flashdance soundtrack to hit #1. The film was one of the big hits of that year, but its theatrical run must’ve been over by the time “Maniac” hit its apex. 

Read more: Stereogum


When It's Love
Van Halen

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