Monday, October 11, 2021

Music History Today: October 12, 2021

October 12, 1996: "Where Do You Go" by No Mercy made it to the Top 5 on Billboard's single's chart.
"Where Do You Go" was written by Peter Bischof and Franz Reuther. It was first recorded by German Eurodance band La Bouche in 1995 as an album-only song from their Sweet Dreams album.

No Mercy
No Mercy

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A cover version of the song was recorded by Europop group No Mercy, taken from their debut album, My Promise. On 13 May 1996, it was released as their first single and became a worldwide hit entering the top five in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 
Read more: Wikipedia
October 12, 1968: Elvis Presley entered the US single's chart with "A Little Less Conversation."
Mac Davis and Billy Strange wrote "A Little Less Conversation" for the 1968 Elvis movie Live A Little, Love A Little, which was one of Presley's last. The song is all about taking action - enough talk already!

Live A Little, Love A Little movie poster

Davis wrote the original version for Aretha Franklin, but when Billy Strange, who was handling music for the film, approached Davis about contributing a song, he realized that "A Little Less Conversation" fit the scene perfectly, so he reworked it with Strange and Elvis sang it for the film.
Read more: Songfacts

October 12, 1970: Paul McCartney recorded "Another Day." 
The Beatles had been on the verge of splitting up for nearly two years when the Fab Four decided to head in four separate directions. Paul McCartney took the break-up the hardest.

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
However, you can never keep a good artist down for too long. Though debut album McCartney had seen the songwriter break out of the shadow of The Beatles, it would be his album Ram that cemented that position. His first solo effort, ‘Another Day’, shows just how far he’d come. 
Read more: Farout Magazine

October 12, 1974: "You Got the Love" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan entered the Billboard Hot 100 single chart.
"You Got the Love" was written by Ray Parker Jr. and Chaka Khan. From the Rags to Rufus album, it spent one week at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in 1974. It also peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia


October 12, 1985: John Cougar Mellencamp topped out at Number 6 with his hit "Lonely Ol' Night." 
The title and hook were lifted from dialogue in the 1963 movie Hud. When Brandon De Wilde's character asks, "It's a Lonesome old night, isn't it?" Paul Newman replies, "Ain't they all?" 
John Cougar Mellencamp scarecrow LP cover art
John Cougar Mellencamp
Scarecrow LP cover art
The lyrics, "He's singing about standing in the shadows of love, I guess he feels awfully alone" refer to the song "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," which was a #6 hit for the Four Tops in 1967. 
Read more: Songfacts

Where Do You Go
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