Monday, October 25, 2021

Music History Today: October 26, 2021

October 26, 1985: Bruce Springsteen peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard hot 100 single's chart with "I’m Goin’ Down." 
"I'm Goin' Down" by Bruce Springsteen was the sixth of seven Top 10 US singles on the Born In The U.S.A. album. 

Bruce Springsteen "I’m Goin’ Down"
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The album had been out for over a year by the time it was released as a single. Like many Springsteen songs, this one contains a girl and a car, but it's filled with more frustration than possibility as he sings about getting the cold shoulder from the lady, who keeps knocking him "down." 
Read more: Songfacts

October 26, 1957: "Silhouettes"by The Rays peaked at Number 3 on the US singles chart.

“Silhouettes” is a story song (with a surprise ending) made famous by the doo wop group The Rays in 1957. The singer sees  a couple embracing through a window shade and thinks his girlfriend’s cheating on him. He knocks on the door and discovers he has the wrong house on the wrong block. He rushes to the correct house and he vows that he and his girl will be silhouettes on the shade forever. 
Read more: Daily Doo Wop  

October 26, 1963: "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" by Peter, Paul and Mary peaks at Number 9 on US the charts.

"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" is among the most successful of Bob Dylan's early songs. It was written by the 21-year-old singer/songwriter in October 1962.

Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter, Paul and Mary

Though Dylan claims composing credit, the tune is taken from on an old song called "Who's Gonna Buy Your Chickens When I'm Gone," which previously had been borrowed by folksinger Paul Clayton for his song "Who's Gonna Buy Your Ribbon Saw." Over this tune, Dylan wrote a lyric reflecting on his separation from his girlfriend of the time, Suze Rotolo, who was away in Italy. 
Read more: Allmusic

October 26, 1968: O.C. Smith peaked at Number 2 with "Little Green Apples" on the US singles chart.

“Little Green Apples” is based on what we would commonly refer to as a roundabout metaphor. But ultimately, what it is meant to point to is the vocalist celebrating the love his significant other has for him. The first verse comes off as if they are married and the second more like they may be dating. But either way, it appears as if the singer is in possession of a romantic partner who regularly goes the extra mile in making sure he’s A-okay. 
Read more: Song Meaning & Facts


October 26, 1991: The Commitment cover of "Try a Little Tenderness" enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

The Commitments is a 1991 musical comedy-drama film based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. underperformed at the North American box office, grossing $14.9 million during its theatrical run. 

The Commitments
The Commitments

Reviewers praised the music, performances and humour, while criticism was occasionally aimed at the pacing and Parker's direction. The film resulted in two soundtrack albums released by MCA Records; the first reached #8 on the Billboard 200 album chart and achieved triple-platinum status, while the second album achieved gold sales status. 
Read more: Wikipedia

I’m Goin’ Down
Bruce Springsteen

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