Sunday, September 5, 2021

Music History Today: September 6, 2021

September 6, 1975:  "Main Title (Theme From “Jaws”)" by John Williams jumps from number 65 to 44 as the novelty tune "Mr. Jaws" by Dickie Goodman enters at number 49  on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
What got you? The terrifying poster? That two-note theme music? The shot of that poor girl's legs from the shark's point of view? All of the above?

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In 1980, Jaws — the world's first summer blockbuster — hit America's movie screens and quickly became the highest grossing film of all time for a while. Who doesn't think, when scanning the ocean before a dip, that unforgettable line: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ." 
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September 6, 1969: "Something In the Air" by Thunderclap Newman entered the US top 100 singles chart. 
"Something in the Air" by Thunderclap Newman was a number 1 single for three weeks in the UK July 1969 and reached number 37 in the US. Pete Townshend, The Who's guitarist, was the catalyst behind the formation of the band. The concept was to create a band to perform songs written by drummer and singer Speedy Keen, who had written "Armenia City in the Sky", the first track on The Who Sell Out. 
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September 6, 1975: Glen Campbell took over at number 1 on the US music chart for two weeks  with "Rhinestone Cowboy."
There’s a reason why “Rhinestone Cowboy,” the first #1 single from longtime session guy and then-faded star Glen Campbell, isn’t called “Diamond Cowboy.”

Glen Campbell "Rhinestone Cowboy"
Glen Campbell

The narrator of “Rhinestone Cowboy,” struggling along on the periphery of the music business, isn’t envisioning riches or fame. But he’s not picturing himself as an avatar of authenticity, either. Instead, he just wants to play his part in the great country-music carnival. He wants a career, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get it. 
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September 6, 1980: "Emotional Rescue" by the Rolling Stones peaked at number 3 in the US.
The Rolling Stones flirted with disco on their 1978 hit "Miss You," a funky, nightclub-friendly tangle of popping bass, Wurlitzer keys, saxophone and a falsetto chorus too catchy to necessitate actual words. 

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

So when the band attempted a similar formula on 1980's "Emotional Rescue," the title track of their next LP, some grimacing fans assumed they'd fully embraced the genre. Not quite. "That is New York," Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone of the song. "English people hate it 'cause they say it's all disco … That's what they think it is, you see. It's just black music." 

 

September 6, 1997: The Backstreet Boys' international hit, "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," peaks at number 2 in the US . 
Released as the fourth single from Backstreet Boys' international debut album in October 1996, "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)" reached No. 1 in Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, No. 2 in the United Kingdom, and No. 7 in the Netherlands.  

Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys

It  was included on the band's debut US album, and released as the second single. It sold 2 million copies. Rolling Stone ranked the song at number 26 in their list of 75 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time in 2020. 
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Mr. Jaws
Dickie Goodman

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