Monday, September 27, 2021

Music History Today: September 28, 2021

September 28, 1974: Andy Kim took over the top spot on the US music chart with "Rock Me Gently." 

Jeff Barry and Andy Kim wrote the Archies’ immortal 1969 jam “Sugar, Sugar,” the song that came to define the early-’60s bubblegum boom. Barry and Kim both sang backup on it, too. 

Andy Kim
Andy Kim

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Barry and Kim also wrote a bunch of other Archies singles, as well as some songs for the Monkees. When Kim wrote “Rock Me Gently,” he knew he had a winner, but every label guy he’d known turned him down. So he recorded it and produced it himself, paying for the sessions and forming his own label, Ice Records, just to release it. 

Read more: Stereogum

September 28, 1958: Conway Twitty had a crossover hit, moving from number 65 to 41, "It's Only Make Believe."

Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty

It’s Only Make Believe hit the charts in September 1958 and made it to number one twice in November. It peaked in both the US and the UK Singles Chart earning him the number one pop single of his career. It sold over 8 million copies and became a hit in 22 different countries. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily

September 28, 1963: "Wonderful! Wonderful!" by The Tymes made it to number 7 on the US music chart.

"Wonderful! Wonderful!" was first published in 1956 and recorded by Johnny Mathis. It reached number 14 on the Billboard charts.

The Tymes
The Tymes

In 1963, a recording by the Tymes peaked at number 23 on the R&B charts and number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. They also spent four weeks at number two on the Easy Listening chart. Their version also reached number 7 in Canada. Read more: Wikipedia

September 28, 1968:  Gladys Knight and the Pips peaked just shy of the Top 40, at 41, with a cover of The Temptations' "I Wish It Would Rain."

The lyrics of this mournful song about a heartbroken man whose woman had just left him were penned by Motown staff writer Roger Penzabene. The lyricist had just learnt that his wife was cheating on him and in his sorrow and pain, Penzabene penned both this and its follow-up "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)." Tragically the distraught Penzabene committed suicide barely a week after the Temptations' single release. 
Read more: Songfacts

 

September 28,  1974: Three Dog Night entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)." 

"Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" is a composition by New Orleans rhythm and blues icon Allen Toussaint.

 

The song was first popularized in 1974, following its initial 1973 inclusion on the album Bazaar by disco-funk artist Sylvester, when it was recorded and released by five artists in one year: Frankie Miller (on High Life), B. J. Thomas (on Longhorns & Londonbridges), Three Dog Night (on Hard Labor), the James Montgomery Band (as "Brickyard Blues" on High Roller), and Maria Muldaur (as "Brickyard Blues" on Waitress in a Donut Shop). 

Read more: Wikipedia

Rock Me Gently
Andy Kim

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