Saturday, September 11, 2021

Music History Today: September 11, 2021

September 11, 1971: Donny Osmond took the top spot on the US singles chart for the next three weeks with "Go Away Little Girl." 

In 1962, the married duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote “Go Away, Little Girl” for the bland and unthreatening teen idol Bobby Vee. Vee’s version wasn’t a hit, but “Go Away Little Girl” did hit #1 when the unctuous-sounding grown man Steve Lawrence released his own version of it. 

Donny Osmond 1970s
Donny Osmond

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Donny Osmond, meanwhile, was not someone who was capable of sounding creepy. Unlike the Steve Lawrence version of “Go Away Little Girl,” Osmond’s cover is not a leering creepfest. 

Read more: Stereogum

September 11, 1965: "Keep On Dancing" by The Gentrys entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Gentrys were a rock band that formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1963. 

The Gentrys
The Gentrys

They started by playing for local dances an high school functions. “Keep on Dancing” was a million-seller and allowed them to appear on Hullabaloo, Shindig! , and tour with groups, including The Beach Boys and Sonny and Cher. 
Read more: Pass the Paisley

September 11, 1982: "Heartlight" by Neil Diamond debuts at number 69 on the US music chart.

"Heartlight" was inspired by the 1982 movie E.T., about an alien who comes to Earth and tries to return home. 

 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial movie poster

When E.T. (Extra Terrestrial) flies, his heart glows, which is the "heartlight." Diamond says he was trying to create "a simple musical statement that we all felt very sincerely." Diamond wrote this with Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach, who were married at the time. 

Read more: Songfacts

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September 11, 1971:  "Get It While You Can" by Janis Joplin entered the US music chart.

"Get It While You Can" was written by the songwriting team of Jerry Ragovoy and Mort Shuman, and originally recorded by the soul singer Howard Tate.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

The most popular version of this song was recorded by Janis Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie Band and included as the last track on her 1971 posthumous album Pearl. So if you listen to her primary studio albums in order of release, this is the last song you hear from her.

Read more: Songfacts

September 11, 1993: "Everybody Hurts" by  R.E.M. entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Put simply, R.E.M. wrote ‘Everybody Hurts’ to save people’s lives. 

Michael Stipe of R. E. M.
Michael Stipe of R. E. M.

Everything about the song was designed to stop teenagers from committing suicide; from the straightforward lyrics to the dramatic string arrangements to the beautiful melody, the song hits directly where it counts — the heart.   

Read more: Far Out Magazine

Go Away Little Girl
Donny Osmond

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