Sunday, October 10, 2021

Music History Today: October 11, 2021

October 11, 1980:  "I’m Alright" by Kenny Loggins from the film Caddyshack reached Number 7 on the Billboard hot 110 single's chart.

It’s hard to imagine now, but Kenny Loggins wasn’t the king of the soundtracks heading into 1980. 
Caddyshack movie poster
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Nor did it seem likely a movie about golf would be the impetus for him to grab that throne. But Caddyshack is a legendary comedy and “I’m Alright” is the song that helps to define it. 
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October 11, 1955:  Invitational screenings of the film Oklahoma! began at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City 

Oklahoma! was the first of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical collaborations, and it changed the face of musical theater.


Breaking from both traditional musical comedies and Gilbert & Sullivan style operettas Oklahoma! for the first time placed lyrics and dance at the service of character and story development. With this inversion, Rodgers & Hammerstein created a distinctively modern dramatic form, the musical play. 

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October 11, 1969:  Gary Puckett & the Union Gap peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with "This Girl is a Woman Now."

This Girl Is a Woman Now" was recorded by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap for their 1969 album The New Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Album.

Gary Puckett & The Union
Gary Puckett & The Union

The song reached No. 2 on the US Easy Listening chart and No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100.  It reached No. 3 in Canada and No. 13 in Australia. 
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October 11, 1975:"Rocky" by Austin Roberts peaked at Number 9 in the US.

Austin Roberts performed the theme song to the second season of the animated series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! as well as the season 2 "chase songs," many of which he also composed.

"Rocky" by Austin Roberts

In 1972 he sang the hit "Something's Wrong With Me" which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. "Keep on Singing", later a No. 15 single for Helen Reddy, was another hit for Roberts, reaching No. 50 on the Hot 100 in March 1973. "Rocky" brought his greatest success, reaching No. 9 on the Hot 100 in October 1975. 

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October 11, 1986: "Throwing It All Away" by Genesis reached Number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at Number 4 on the Hot 100 single's chart.

"Throwing It All Away" is the seventh track on the 1986 album Invisible Touch by Genesis. The song is a soft rock ballad structured around a guitar riff by Mike Rutherford, who also wrote the lyrics. In Billboard magazine's Critics' Choice at the end of 1986, Kim Freeman chose the song as No. 7 in his top ten countdown, describing it as "a rare ballad that isn't too sappy to enjoy". 
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I’m Alright
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