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
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It was co-written by Jeff Trot, a guitarist and singer/songwriter who is best known for working with Crow on some of her biggest hits including “Everyday Is A Winding Road,” “Strong Enough,” and “Soak Up The Sun.” 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 reaches the top and stays for two weeks;
"Sleep Walk" is an instrumental tune written, recorded, and released in 1959 by brothers Santo & Johnny Farina, with their uncle Mike Dee playing the drums. As children, the Farina siblings were encouraged by their father to learn the steel guitar and write their own music. They recorded the songs on a Webcor tape recorder. 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" hits 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. So Vinton decided to record an album of songs with “blue” in the title.  (This included “Blue Moon,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Am I Blue,” and more).
Bobby Vinton
Bobby Vinton
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. His version of “Blue Velvet” went to #1 in 1963 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary Chart. 
Read more: Daily Doo-Wop

 

September 21, 1968: Gary Puckett and the Union Gap have 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. Two British DJs, Dean Meredith and Mark "Aaron" Archer, got together in 1989 and decided to form a dance group and they produced a few singles and recruited two more DJ's, Andrew Meecham and Carl Turner. 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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