Saturday, September 4, 2021

Music History Today: September 4, 2021

September 4, 1982: "Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band hits number 1 in the US, giving the veteran rocker his third chart-topper.
The Steve Miller Band were the hottest thing on American radio, and in record stores, in the late summer of 1982. 

Abracadabra album by the Steve Miller Band
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Their album Abracadadra, released in May that year, was on its way to platinum sales in the US alone, and about to start a six-week run at No.3 on the Billboard 200. On September 4, the ace guitarist and his band were the kings of pop too, as the infectious title track from the album climbed to No.1 on the Hot 100. 
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September 4, 1971: The Undisputed Truth's only hit, "Smiling Faces Sometimes," peaked at number 3 on Billboard's Top 40 chart.
"Smiling Faces Sometimes"  was originally recorded by the Temptations in 1971. Producer Norman Whitfield had the song re-recorded by the Undisputed Truth the same year. 

Undisputed Truth
Undisputed Truth

Both versions of "Smiling Faces Sometimes" deal with the same subject matter, "back-stabbing" friends who do their friends wrong behind their backs, but in different ways. The lyrics inform the Listener to not be fooled by the smile, the handshake, or the pat on the back. The Temptations' original uses an arrangement similar to a haunted house film score to represent feelings of fear and timidness. 
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September 4, 1972:  Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes released the single "If You Don't Know Me By Now."

"If You Don't Know Me by Now" was originally written for Labelle (a trio led by Patti LaBelle) but they never recorded it. Much like the issue with "I Miss You" and The Dells passing on it, the song's composers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff gave it to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which featured Teddy Pendergrass as lead vocalist. In addition to the single release, the track was included on their debut album I Miss You. 
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September 4, 1982: "Gypsy" by Fleetwood Mac debuts at 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

In 1981, Stevie Nicks released her solo album, Bella Donna, setting her apart as an independent artist.  Still, Nicks continued to play with the ever-controversial Fleetwood Mac.  

Gypsy Stevie Nicks

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (2009), Nicks explained some of the inspirations behind her favorite self-written songs, the first of which was “Gypsy.”  Originally intended for her solo album, “Gypsy” explores the side of one’s personality that values freedom and fearlessness.  
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September 4, 1999: Enrique Iglesias took over the top of the American music chart with "Bailamos." 

“Bailamos” is arguably infamous Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias’ most well-known song.

Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias

Released at the end of 20th century, it was one of the first Spanish and English tracks to do well globally – it was New Zealand’s second-most successful single of 1999. It was featured on the soundtrack for the 1999 film Wild Wild West, as well later being the lead single from his fourth studio album, but first English album “Enrique”, which was also released in 1999. 
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Abracadabra
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