Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Music History Today: October 20, 2021

 October 20, 1973: "D'yer Mak'er by Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The old jokes goes:  “I’ve just taken my wife on holiday to the Caribbean.” “Jamaica?” “No, she was happy to come.” 

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It’s a set up to a song a world away from the usual occult overtones that influence the lyricism of Led Zeppelin. And it is a joke that even permeates into the song structure and stylings itself, with reggae and dub derivative sounds representing a departure from the norm for the rockers. The title, frequently mispronounced as ‘Dear Maker’ or even ‘Dire Maker’, is actually meant to be pronounced “Jamaica.” 
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October 20, 1973: Peter Frampton recorded the original studio version of "Do You Feel Like We Do." 

Following modest success in the mid-1960s in the Herd and increasing popularity during his five-album tenure in Humble Pie, lead guitarist Peter Frampton embarked on a solo career. At the time, many found this move questionable, as Humble Pie were just breaking through to American audiences with the release of Rockin' The Fillmore.

"Do You Feel Like We Do."

Over the next several years, Frampton released several promising, but uneven, albums that gradually increased his profile, but failed to capture the immediacy and excitement of his live performances. The big breakthrough occurred in 1976 when Frampton released his first live recording, Frampton Comes Alive, which literally exploded onto the charts, remaining in the Top Ten for over a year and eventually becoming the biggest selling live album of all time.  
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 October 20, 1962: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons, at number 66, was the highest new entry into the US Top 100 singles.

A couple of months before “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” the Four Seasons had landed at #1 with “Sherry,” another song built entirely around Frankie Valli’s strangulated yawp. But “Sherry” is at least a functional doo-wop song, albeit one with a deeply irritating lead vocal. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is something else. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” sounds like a prank. 
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October 20, 1979: "Cool Change" by Little River Band enters the Billboard single's chart. 

Little River Band are the Australian act everyone forgets. Men At Work, INXS, and AC/DC gobbled up all the press ink in the ‘80s, while Crowded House and Midnight Oil garnered the critical plaudits, but LRB had more Top 40 hits than any of them. In January 1980, “Cool Change” became the Aussie quintet’s fourth straight Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in just over a year. 
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October 20, 1990: Whitney Houston has the highest new entry into the US Top 100, at number 42, with "I'm Your Baby Tonight."  

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" became a huge hit for Whitney Houston, reaching top-ten positions worldwide.

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, her eighth single to do so; "I'm Your Baby Tonight" is also her fifth biggest hit in the United States. Houston was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance with this song at the 33rd Grammy Awards. 
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D'yer Mak'er
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