Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Music History Today: September 22, 2021

September 22, 1964: The musical Fiddler on the Roof made its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre.
Based on Sholom Aleichem’s stories about a poor milkman in late 19th century Russia, and the five daughters for whom he seeks significant weddings, this great musical benefited from the portrayal of Zero Mostel as Tevye. 

Fiddler on the Roof 1964 Broadway playbill
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In the profuse score created by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, “If I Were A Rich Man” stands out as the anthem of everyone looking for a better life. 
September 22, 1994: Friends debuted on NBC, accompanied by a catchy theme song by The Rembrandts that became an unexpected hit.
Friends executive producer Kevin S. Bright was looking to do something a bit different with the Friends theme song. 

Friends TV show cast
Friends TV show cast

He was in the market for a melody similar to that of R.E.M.'s 1987 hit "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Danny Wilde of The Rembrandts said Kevin didn't want a jingle writer for the theme song. He was a fan of The Rembrandts so he called their manager.
Read more: Buzz Feed News


September 22, 1973: "We May Never Pass This Way" by Seals and Crofts entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
"We May Never Pass This Way" calls on people to show courage and continue to stand with one another, partly because they may never see each other again. Written by the duo, it's an example of their strong convictions to Abdul Baha and the Baha'i faith. They made a pilgrimage to Haifa, Israel, where they studied the teachings of the faith, and often based their lyrics on themes of compassion and devotion. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 22, 1984: "Missing You" by John Waite topped the US music single's chart.
John Waite’s song “Missing You” didn’t stand out stylistically. 
John Waite
John Waite
It cribbed the tick-tock guitar sound from the Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” the previous year’s biggest hit, and put it in service of the kind of ultra-clean studio-rock that you might expect to hear from Journey, a group that featured one of Waite’s ex-bandmates. But it worked. And for seven days in one of pop’s golden eras, it worked well enough to land at #1. 
Read more: Stereogum


September 22, 1990: Warrant flew from Number 78 to 47 in their third week on Billboard's single's chart with "Cherry Pie."
When Warrant released their second album, Cherry Pie, on Sept. 11, 1990, the full impact of the title track’s new video had yet to be felt.

Warrant album Cherry Pie cover

It wasn’t difficult to figure out what the song was about; the promo clip made it even more obvious, with real cherry pies being used to represent the parts of actress Bobbie Brown that singer Jani Lane wanted access to. One network banned it for being “offensively sexist,” and many critics went on to call it one of the worst videos ever made. 


If I Were A Rich Man
Zero Mostel

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