Monday, September 20, 2021

Music History Today: September 21, 2021

September 21, 1996: Sheryl Crow debuted more the halfway up the  Billboard Hot 100, at Number  44, with "If It Makes You Happy."
When Crow released the song on her 1996 self-titled album, “If It Makes You Happy” was the lead single and an instant radio hit. 

Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
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The song peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and it eventually won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammys the following year. 
Read more: Stereogum
September 21, 1959: "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny reached the top of the US chart.
brothers Santo & Johnny Farina were encouraged by their father to learn the steel guitar and write their own music. Unable to fall asleep one night after a gig, the boys decided to write some music, using the tape recorder to first record the harmonies to what would become "Sleep Walk." 
Read more: Wikipedia


September 21, 1963: Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" hit Number 1 for the first of three weeks.
Bobby Vinton’s song “Blue on Blue” was very  successful for him, going to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. 
Bobby Vinton
Bobby Vinton
So Vinton decided to record an album of songs with “blue” in the title.  Publisher Al Gallico sent Vinton a copy of “Blue Velvet,” which was a big hit for Tony Bennett in 1951, and Vinton included it as part of his project. 
Read more: Daily Doo-Wop


September 21, 1968: Gary Puckett & the Union Gap had the highest-debuting single, at Number  54, with "Over You."

"Over You" was written and composed by Jerry Fuller for the Gary Puckett & The Union Gap's 1968 album, Incredible.

Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

The group's fourth consecutive million-selling Gold-certified single produced, composed, and written by Fuller, it received a Gold disc from the RIAA in December 1968. Al Capps drafted the arrangements for the stringed instruments played on the song. 

Read more: Wikipedia


September 21, 1992: "I'm Gonna Get You," a single by Bizarre Inc featuring Angie Brown, was released.
Bizarre, Inc. is a Dance-Techno band from Stafford, England. They scored a few dance hits in Great Britain, and finally managed to break out in 1992, when session singer Angie Brown joined and added her powerful vocals to their music. 
Read more: Songfacts

If It Makes You Happy
Sheryl Crow

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