Sunday, October 17, 2021

Music History Today: October 17, 2021

October 17, 1980: The movie Times Square was released.
First released in October 1980, Times Square, a coming-of-age film directed by Allan Moyle, was originally poised to be a punk and New Wave equivalent to Saturday Night Fever.

The movie Times Square poster
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Similar to Saturday Night Fever, Times Square boasted an impressive and outstanding soundtrack and featured a number of punk, New Wave and rock acts.  If the Fever album was a snapshot of 1970s disco, then the Times Square soundtrack was a time capsule of punk and New Wave at the dawn of the 1980s. 
Read more: Forbes
October 17, 1964: "A Summer Song" by Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
"A Summer Song" was written by duo partner Chad Stuart with Clive Metcalfe and Keith Noble.

Chad & Jeremy
Chad & Jeremy

Like the their breakthrough selection, "Yesterday's Gone," "A Summer Song" is a reminiscence of a summer romance. However, "A Summer Song" eschews the Merseybeat sound of "Yesterday's Gone" in favor of a gentler folk-influenced arrangement, with the lyrics also being wistful in tone. 
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October 17, 1970: Free made it into the Top 5, at number 4, on the US chart with "All Right Now."

Paul Rodgers recalled the night Free played signature track “All Right Now” for the first time, and it went down so well they had to play it again. “‘All Right Now’ was a product, really, of the kind of audiences we were playing to at that time,” front-man Rodgers told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

 

October 17, 1981: Sheena Easton took the theme to the 12th James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only"to number 4.
When it premiered in cinemas on June 24, 1981, the James Bond thriller “For Your Eyes Only” was notable for two main reasons. 

James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only" poster

First, it was the grittiest and most realistic Bond adventure since “From Russia with Love” almost two decades earlier. And second, it instantly established an iconic new theme song that was embraced by fans as one of the best in the blockbuster spy series’ history. 
Read more: Variety

 

October 17, 1992: Peaking at number 6 was "Please Don't Go" by K.W.S. 
"Please Don't Go" was recorded and released in 1979 on the KC and the Sunshine Band album Do You Wanna Go Party. In the song, the subject pleads for a second chance. Shortly after the song's one-week run at number one, the group broke up.A cover was released as the debut single by the British group KWS and hit number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks in May 1992 and reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October that year. 
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