Sunday, September 19, 2021

Music History Today: September 20, 2021

September 20, 2011: The single "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monáeis released.
“We Are Young” is a life-affirming, fist-pumping anthem celebrating the hope and promise of young adulthood, as well as touching on regret for past mistakes. 


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Released in September 2011, the track initially gained attention from only online media, though it did receive its first commercial radio airplay on Tampa Bay alternative radio station 97X upon its debut. But it was soon covered by the hit television show Glee, then licensed for use in a Chevrolet Sonic commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVI, which propelled it, and fun. to mainstream success. 
September 20, 1969: Lawrence Reynolds entered the US music chart with "Jesus is a Soul Man."
“Jesus is a Soul Man” is Lawrence Reynolds’s hit single released in 1969. Selling over a million copies, the track was Reynolds’s claim to fame since he became widely recognized with it. Apart from being a featured artist at the “Grand Ole Opry,” Reynolds appeared as a guest in several TV shows. Among them were “The Tonight Show,” “The Johnny Cash Show,” the “Dick Cavett Show” and “American Bandstand.”  
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September 20,  1975: Bad Company makes it as high as number 10 with  "Feel Like Makin’ Love."
When Paul Rodgers wrote "Feel Like Makin' Love," he was 19 and touring the US with as the vocalist for Free.  

Bad Company
Bad Company

He has never revealed the subject of the song’s lyric but admits he wanted an everyman feel that was open to interpretation. “I think that opening line is interesting in its simplicity,” he says. “‘Baby, when I think about you, I think about love’ says a lot in a few words." 
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September 20,  1980: Johnny Lee made the Top 5 on the US pop chart with "Lookin’ for Love."
The Johnny Lee Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places song was released in June 1980 as part of the soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy, released that year. 

Urban Cowboy movie poster

Marcy Levy was one of the female singers who provided backing vocals on the track.  Lee, whose biggest hit to date had been a 1977 cover of Ricky Nelson’s “Garden Party”, had previously been one of the main nightclub acts at Gilley’s, a nightclub owned by country music superstar Mickey Gilley. 
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September 20, 2003: Dido entered the US chart at 75 with  "White Flag." 
"White Flag" is about Dido's split with her boyfriend Bob Page, who is the guy she wrote the song "Thank You" about. They were engaged, but split up in 2002.

In the UK, this is Dido's biggest hit. She did top the UK charts with "Stan," a duet with Eminem.It won the award for Best Single at the 2004 Brit Awards. 
Read more: Songfacts

We Are Young
featuring Janelle Monáeis

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