Monday, October 25, 2021

Music History Today: October 25, 2021

October 25, 2003: Sheryl Crow enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with a cover of  "The First Cut is the Deepest."
Sheryl Crow was not the first to record nor chart with “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” 
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow

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Songwriter Cat Stevens penned and did a demo recording of “The First Cut Is The Deepest” in 1965. He brought the song to P.P Arnold who demonstrated the song’s chart potential in the ’60s.  Other cover artists throughout the years have also benefited from the song’s charismatic appeal. Stevens, himself, had his own version recorded at the end of 1967. 
October 25,  1969Two fictional bands fronted by Ron Dante are in the US Top 10: "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies at number 3 and "Tracy" by The Cuff Links at peaking at number 9.
"Tracy" was written by the songwriting team of Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance, who wrote the #1 novelty hit "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini." The whole Cuff Links project was their brainchild. They also wrote the follow-up singles (also containing girls' names) "When Julie Comes Around" (#41) and "Run Sally Run" (#76), as well as "Leader Of The Laundromat," a parody of "Leader of the Pack" credited to The Detergents, which was another Ron Dante-fronted act. 
Read more: Songfacts


October 25, 1974:  Paul McCartney and Wings released the single "Junior's Farm." 
“Junior’s Farm” was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed with McCartney’s band Wings.  It was issued as a non-album single.  
Paul McCartney and Wings "Junior's Farm"

Recorded in 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee, while the band was staying at the Lebanon, Tennessee farm of Curly Putman Jr., it became a number-three hit single in the United States. It made number 16 on the United Kingdom charts. 

October 25, 1980: "He's So Shy" by The Pointer Sisters peaks at number 3 on the US Pop music chart.
"He's So Shy" was written by Tom Snow and Cynthia Weil as "She's So Shy." It was intended for Leo Sayer. 

The Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters

It's fusion of classic girl group pop, new wave-styled dance music and R&B proved the right combination to effect a top-ten comeback for The Pointer Sisters. It set the prototype of the trademark Pointer Sisters sound which would afford the group its career peak in 1983–84 with their Break Out album. 
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 October 25, 1986: "Is This Love" by Survivor enters the Billboard hot 100 single's chart.
"Is This Love" by Survivorwas released on October 1, 1986 as the first single from their sixth album, When Seconds Count. Written by keyboard player Jim Peterik and guitarist Frankie Sullivan it peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
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The First Cut is the Deepest
Sheryl Crow

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