Friday, October 15, 2021

Music History Today: October 16, 2021

October 16, 1976:  Two weeks after entering the Billboard single's charts "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart sailed from number 71 to 42, 
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart proved to be a massive commercial success and became his second US chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
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It made its debut at number 81 on 2 October 1976, rose quickly, and remained on top for eight consecutive weeks until 8 January 1977. It was the longest stay of any song during 1976, the longest run at the top for a single in the US in over eight years (since the Beatles’ "Hey Jude" in November 1968), and the longest stay at number one for Rod Stewart in his entire recording career. 
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October 16, 1951: "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" by Bobby Darin peaked at number 5 on the charts.
"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" was featured in the Warner Brothers movie Hard to Get, released November 1938, in which it was sung by Dick Powell. The biggest-selling hit version was recorded by Bing Crosby, with Bob Crosby and his orchestra while other contemporaneous hit versions included recordings by Tommy Dorsey (with vocal by Edythe Wright) and Russ Morgan. It was also revived by Bobby Darin in 1961, reaching the charts again that year. 
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October 16, 1965: “Little” Jimmy Dickens entered the Billboard charts with "May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose."
“May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” by James Cecil Dickens is a 1965 original. It was “Little Jimmy Dickens’” most successful single on the country music chart. Spending two weeks at number 1 and staying on the chart for 18 weeks, it also reached the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 15. This was the only Dickens’ song that reached to a pop chart. 

October 16, 1971: The A Side of The Carpenters two sided hit, "Superstar / Bless the Beast and the Children," peaked at number 2 while the B-Side topped out at number 67. 
"Bless the Beasts and Children" is the theme song to the 1971 eponymous film and was performed by the Carpenters. It was featured on the B-side to their hit, "Superstar". 

Bless the Beast and the Children movie poster

In order to promote it, The Carpenters performed it on their television series, Make Your Own Kind of Music, as "F" for "Film Music," It was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for Best Song, but it lost to Isaac Hayes's "Theme from Shaft." 
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October 16, 1982: The Alan Parsons Project topped out at number 3 with "Eye In the Sky." 
The Alan Parsons Project, which was strictly a studio group at the time, used various members on lead vocals; Woolfson would usually record a guide vocal and Alan Parsons, who was also the group's producer, would decide whose voice best suited the song. In later years, Parsons toured with a band and sang this song during performances. Woolfson spent a lot of time in casinos and was fascinated with the hidden cameras watching his every move. 
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Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
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