Monday, September 6, 2021

Music History Today: September 7, 2021

September 7, 1985: The theme from the movie "St. Elmo's Fire" replaced the theme from the movie "Back to the Future" at the number 1 position on the US music chart.

St. Elmo's Fire was the definitive Brat Pack movie, following Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, and Mare Winningham as they tried to sort their life out after college.

Movie poster for "St. Elmo's Fire"
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 The soundtrack launched two big hits, "Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire" and John Parr's "Man in Motion (Theme from St. Elmo's Fire)." 
Read more: Allmusic

September 7, 1963: Freddie Scott peaked at number 7 on the US music chart with the song "Hey, Girl." 

"Hey, Girl" was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King during one of their most productive periods. They composed the song in 1962 and had another Brill Building songwriter, Freddie Scott, sing the demo. Chuck Jackson was supposed to record the song, but when he didn't make the session, Scott recorded it instead.

Read more: Songfacts

September 7, 1974:  Barry White assumed the number 1 spot on the R&B chart with "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe."

There’s a lot going on in “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Baby.” The Love Unlimited Orchestra got a full workout. 

Barry White
Barry White

The song has that tense, itchy hi-hat, that luxurious guitar-ripple, and that languid swirl of strings — all before the beat even kicked in. When it snaps into full focus, “Can’t Get Enough” is luxe and pillowy proto-disco, with chintzy dashes of guitar and a driving woodblock bop. 

Read more: Stereogum

 

September 7, 1983: Madonna released her first career single "Holiday."

"Holiday" by Madonna on her debut album Madonna was released as the album's third single. 

Madonna 1983
Madonna

The song became Madonna's first mainstream hit single in the United States, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Dance Club Songs chart. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

September 7, 1985: For the first time in the Rock Era, the top three songs on the Hot 100 were all written for movies.

"The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News from "Back to the Future hit number 1 on August 24 and stayed for two weeks. It was pushed back to number 2 by "St. Elmo's Fire" from the film Man In Motion, In the third spot on this date in 1985 was "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which peaked at number 2 on the US music chart.

 

St. Elmo's Fire
John Parr

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