Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Music History Today: September 23, 2021

September 23, 2003: Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack is released.

As Tarantino plot lines go, Kill Bill, Vol. 1 is the simplest yet, but revenge movies shouldn't be encumbered by deep subtext. 

Kill Bill Vol. 1 movie poster

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Instead, he divided the film into chapters, giving him an opportunity to play with both time and location, and then shoot each chapter as an homage to a different kind of exploitation film -- something that's reflected in the soundtrack.  After Nancy Sinatra's torchy "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and Charlie Feathers' tough, swaggering rockabilly chestnut "That Certain Female" set the story and the mood, the record is devoted primarily to instrumental pieces. 

Read more: Allmusic

September 23, 1967: The Buckinghams moved from 67 to 44 on the US music chart with "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)." 

The Buckinghams

"Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)" by The Buckinghams spent 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 12, while reaching No. 2 on Canada's RPM 100, No. 5 in the Philippines, No. 7 in Malaysia, No. 5 on the Cash Box Top 100, and No. 9 on Record World's 100 Top Pops. 
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September 23,  1973: Black Oak Arkansas released the studio album High on the Hog. 

"High on the Hog" is probably the best-known album in the Black Oak Arkansas catalog, thanks in large to part to its hit cover of the LaVern Baker R&B classic "Jim Dandy." 

High on the Hog

This effective update combines a countrified touch, some electric guitar fireworks, and a frenetic double-time tempo with the inimitable hillbilly vocals of Jim "Dandy" Mangrum to create a song that became a hit with both country and pop listeners. It is definitely High on the Hog's undisputed highlight. 

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September 23, 1989: In their second week on the US music chart, Bad English moved from 72 to 47 with "When I See You Smile."

Bad English was a supergroup comprised of lead singer John Waite, keyboard player Jonathan Cain, bass player Ricky Phillips, guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo. Waite, Cain and Phillips had been in a popular British band called the Babys, while Schon, Castronovo and Cain were in Journey.

Bad English

"When I See You Smile" was written by Diane Warren, who had a knack for supplying popular rock musicians with pop hits: she wrote "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" for Starship, "Who Will You Run To" for Heart, and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" for Aerosmith. She had also written the song "Don't Lose Any Sleep," which appeared on Waite's 1987 solo album Rover's Return. 

Read more: Songfacts


September 23, 1991: CeCe Peniston released the dance tune "Finally."

Finally was the debut album from the former Miss Black Arizona. This outstanding album spawned five superb singles. The title track "Finally" and "We Got a Love Thang" employ that rapid dancehall groove better known as house music. They respectively claimed number 26 and number 38 on the Billboard R&B charts. The gold-selling "Finally" reached number five on the Billboard pop charts. 
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Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Nancy Sinatra

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