Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Music History Today: December 1, 2021

December 1, 1956: The Girl Can't Help It opens in the United States.
The Girl Can't Help It is a 1956 American musical comedy film starring Jayne Mansfield in the titular role, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien, Henry Jones, and Julie London

The Girl Can't Help It movie poster
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A performance of "Cry Me a River" by London in the 1956 film The Girl Can't Help It helped to make it a bestseller. It became a gold record, and in 2016, it was inducted by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry. 
Read more: Wikipedia
December 1, 1958: The Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is To Love Him" hits number 1 for the first of three weeks.
Phil Spector was a Los Angeles high school student when he wrote “To Know Him Is To Love Him” for his vocal group the Teddy Bears, and he was 18 when he scraped together the money to have the song recorded. Spector later said that he got the song’s title from his father’s gravestone.  
Read more: Stereogum

December 1, 1962: Marcie Blane peaked at number 3 with "Bobby's Girl."
The song “Bobby’s Girl” by Marcie Blane is one of the golden oldies that makes sixties pop music fun. Around the time of her high school graduation in June 1962, New York City teenager Marcia Blank was asked by a songwriter friend to record a demo of some of his compositions. Seville Records executives heard the demo discs. They didn’t care for the songs but loved the singer. They convinced Marcia to go into the studio and record “Bobby’s Girl.”  
Read more: Daily Doo Wop

December 1, 1973: The Carpenters "Top Of The World" hits number 1 in America.
When the Carpenters first got to #1, with 1970’s “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” the duo were the exception — wholesomely gloopy kids singing a nice love song in the midst of the wild and chaotic psychedelic era.

The Carpenters 1974
The Carpenters

But over the next few years, the Carpenters’ starry-eyed take on easy listening more or less colonized pop music. And three years later, when they returned to #1, the Carpenters were the rule. 
Read more: Stereogum

December 1, 1984: Lionel Richie made it to number 8 with "Penny Lover."
In "Penny Lover," Lionel Richie Richie reminisces about how he met his lover and hopes she'll never leave him. It was co-written by his then-wife Brenda Harvey-Richie, making the single his first solo #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart to credit a co-writer. 
Read more: Songfacts

 

Cry Me a River
Julie London


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