Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Music History Today: September 2, 2021

September 2, 1989: The Tears For Fears' title track, "Sowing the Seeds of Love," debuted at Number 53 on the US singles chart.

Along with the mega-platinum Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love rendered Tears for Fears one of the '80s most successful pop groups. The album was created during a profound period of catharsis. 

The Tears For Fears album " Sowing the Seeds of Love"

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Curt Smith was going through a divorce while Roland Orzabal was in primal therapy. Musically, it's their most sophisticated outing, and it should be: It took four years, four producers, and over a million pounds to complete. The duo sought to distance themselves from the synth pop of their earlier records in favor of a more organic approach using live musicians. 
Read more: Allmusic

September 2, 1968: The Turtles released the single "Elenore."

“Elenore” was supposedly written to get the record company off The Turtles’ backs. After their huge 1966 hit “Happy Together”, The Turtles were being pressed to repeat the same trick with another record.

The Turtles
The Turtles

In the end, they got so fed up with their record company they wrote “Elenore” largely as a joke and were astounded when their record company decided it was a brilliant song and rushed it into the record shops. 
Read more: No Words, No Song

September 2, 1989: "Angel Eyes" by the Jeff Healey Band peaked at Number 5.

While recording Angel Eyes for his debut album, 22-year-old Canadian Jeff Healey would be cast as Cody, lead singer for the house band in the Patrick Swayze classic Road House. Bolstered by the movie, the title track of See The Light was released but did not hit the singles chart. The John Hiatt penned ballad Angel Eyes was released next and faired much better making it all the way to No. 5 on the singles chart in 1988. 

Read more: Tampa Bay Times


September 2, 1995: Michael Jackson debuted at Number 1 with "You Are Not Alone."

Most people remember Michael Jackson's 1995 hit You Are Not Alone for the seriously creepy video that saw him and then-wife Lisa Marie Presley roll around in the nude.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
But it's now been claimed that the song has a much more sinister background, and was actually penned by R Kelly for a schoolgirl he allegedly got pregnant. According to Florida woman Lizette Martinez, the rapper wrote the song after she miscarried their baby whilst still in senior high school. 
Read more: UK Mirror

September 2, 2000: Creed moved from Number 62 to 45 with their song "With Arms Wide Open."

"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed was released as the third single from their second studio album, Human Clay. 

Scott Stapp
Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp began writing the lyrics to the song in early 1998 during the My Own Prison tour, when he found out that his then wife Hillaree Burns was pregnant with his first child, Jagger. According to Stapp the song was written in 15 minutes at soundcheck. Stapp overheard guitarist Mark Tremonti playing and loved what he heard so much that he ran in and told Tremonti to just keep playing as Stapp began singing his lyrics. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 Sowing the Seeds of Love
Tears For Fears

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