Saturday, September 11, 2021

Music History Today: September 12, 2021

September 12, 2010: At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, Lady Gaga takes Video of the Year for "Bad Romance."

Lady Gaga dominated the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles taking home eight prizes including video of the year.

Lady Gaga 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
Lady Gaga 2010 MTV VMAs

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The singer, 24, who won seven of her "moon man" trophies for Bad Romance, cried as she picked up the top award from Cher at the end of the night. After being presented with her final award, Lady Gaga, wearing an outfit which appeared to be made of meat, revealed that her new album would be called Born This Way before singing part of its title song. "Tonight, little monsters, we're the cool kids at the party," she told fans. 

Read more: BBC

September 12, 1964:  "Tobacco Road" by The Nashville Teens enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

"Tobacco Road" is a blues song written and first recorded by John D. Loudermilk in December 1959 and released in 1960. This song became a hit for The Nashville Teens in 1964.

The Nashville Teens
The Nashville Teens

Originally framed as a folk song, "Tobacco Road" was a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in Durham, North Carolina. Released on Columbia Records, it was not a hit for Loudermilk. The English group The Nashville Teens' garage rock/blues rock rendering was a bold effort featuring prominent piano, electric guitar, and bass drum parts and a dual lead vocal. Mickie Most produced it with the same tough-edged-pop feel that he brought to The Animals' hits. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

September 12, 1981: " Say Goodbye to Hollywood" by Billy Joel breaks into the US Top 100 chart at number 70.

"Say Goodbye To Hollywood" is Billy Joel's goodbye to the Los Angeles music scene and to the first phase of his solo career as an LA-based singer-songwriter.  It has some of the best lyrics Billy has ever penned ​but for some reason this songs is rarely hailed as one of Billy's finest.    
Read more: One Final Serenade

 

September 12, 1987: Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard took "Can't We Try" to number 6 on the US Top 100 single's chart. 

Ten years after achieving Easy Listening domination with his hit "Sometimes When We Touch," Dan Hill struck back with "Can't We Try," which Billboard named the #1 Adult Contemporary song of 1987. 

Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard
Dan Hill & Vonda Shepard

This was a duet with Vonda Shepard, who would go on to fame as the musical voice of the hit TV show Ally McBeal. She was 23 years old and working as a backup singer when she got the opportunity to record the song in 1986. 

Read more: Songfacts

 

September 12, 1992: Snap! made a big move from 62 to 50 with their hit "Rhythm is a Dancer."

"Rhythm Is a Dancer" is a song by German Eurodance group Snap!. The song was an international success, topping the charts in France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. It also reached the top-five on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Dance Club Songs chart. It spent six weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, becoming the second biggest-selling single of 1992, surpassed only by Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You". 
Read more: Wikipedia

Bad Romance
Lady Gaga

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