Friday, September 24, 2021

Music History Today: September 25, 2021

September 25, 1999: "She's All I Ever Had" by Ricky Martin peaks at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
"She's All I Ever Had" is the second single taken from the multi-platinum first English-language album by Ricky Martin, called simply Ricky Martin. 

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

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According to the review by Billboard: "There was no doubt that this delectable anthemic ballad was the one to go with as the second single from Ricky Martin. "Livin' la Vida Loca" certainly fulfilled the hype with a deserved five-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and this follow-up will do nothing but advance Martin's place not only as the leading pop male vocalist of the day but as a valid phenomenon." 
Read more: Wikipedia 
September 25, 1961: "Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" by Barry Mann peaked at number 7 on the charts.
What’s a genre worth if it can’t make fun of itself? In the novelty song “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” by Barry Mann, he does just that to doo wop music. The singer claims that the syllables don’t matter, because his girl fell in love with him when she heard those doo wop songs — and is thankful.   
Read more: Daily Doo Wop

 

September 25, 1965: Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" hits number 1, where it will stay for one week.
Barry McGuire had been the lead singer of the happy-go-lucky sounding New Christy Minstrels. He had traveled to L.A. to start a solo career and was in the studio with legendary session musicians from The Wrecking Crew. 30 minutes of studio still remained during the arduous recording session, although it was very late. 

Barry McGuire
Barry McGuire

Barry’s voice was tired, but he still pulled out the wrinkled paper with hand scrawled lyrics in his back pocket that were written by singer-songwriter P.F. Sloan, a 19 year-old who still lived with his parents even though he’d had success with the Fantastic Baggys, a surf music group. “Eve of Destruction” was was recorded in one take. 
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September 25, 1971: The Dramatics made it into the Top 10 when they peaked at number 9 with "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get." It was a number 3 hit on the R&B chart. 

"Whatcha See is Whatcha Get" was single from the Detroit-based vocal group and their first single through the Stax Records imprint Volt. 

The Dramatics
The Dramatics

They were previously signed to the Wingate division of Detroit's Golden World Records until Motown decided to buy out the rival company. According to Banks, they had a chance to become Motown artists, but declined due to the amount of acts on the roster. "They had 70 artists already signed to Motown," he told NPR. "What did we want to become, 71?" 

Read more: Songfacts

 

September 25, 1979: Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita makes its debut on Broadway with Patti LuPone after a successful year on London's West End.
The original Broadway production of Evita opened at the Broadway Theatre September 25, 1979. 

Evita debut on Broadway 1979 playbill
Evita Broadway 1979 playbill 

The production, directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Larry Fuller, played 17 previews and 1,567 performances before closing June 26, 1983. The production earned 11 Tony Award nominations, winning seven including Best Musical and for stars Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. 
Read more: Playbill

 

She's All I Ever Had
Ricky Martin

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