Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Music History Today: November 3, 2021

November 3, 1990: "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice hits number 1 in the US, marking the first time a rapper has topped the chart.
It finally happened. A rap song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nn 1979, the Sugarhill Gang made “Rapper’s Delight” It went top-10 in a bunch of countries and peaked at #36 on the Hot 100. 

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After “Rapper’s Delight,” it took 11 years for a rap single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100. In the fall of 1990, a straight-up rap song climbed the chart summit and earned itself a spot in history. It was not a coincidence that this triumphant single came from a clueless and absurdly good-looking young white guy. 
Read more: Stereogum
November 3, 1962:  "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" by Little Eva entered the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
"Keep Your Hands off My Baby" was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The most notable recording was done by Little Eva, who had a No. 12 hit with the song on the Billboard charts in 1962. 
Read more: Wikipedia

November 3, 1972: Carly Simon and James Taylor got married. 
Carly Simon and James Taylor were two of the defining voices of the 1970s, topping the charts with both their individual work and their duets.

Carly Simon & James Taylor
Carly Simon & James Taylor

Yet while their music will leave a lasting legacy, the 'golden' couple's romance lasted only a decade. The two singer-songwriters married in 1972, a year after their relationship began, and welcomed two children. They divorced in 1983 and no longer speak. Regardless, if you ask Simon, their love story had a fateful beginning. 
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November 3, 1973: Marie Osmond crossed-over and peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with "Paper Roses."
With the exception of her two oldest brothers, who are deaf, Marie Osmond was the only member of her family who didn’t have some sort of a role in the music business.

Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond

That all changed when her family’s manager convinced her to take her turn in the spotlight. While her already-famous brothers, such as Donny, were known for their pop music, Marie leaned toward country. She went solo in 1973 and made her debut with a single that set her name in history alongside the rest of her family. 
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November 3, 1984: David Bowie peaked at number 8 in the US with "Blue Jean."
"Blue Jean" is one of only two tracks on the album Tonight to be written entirely by David Bowie, it was released as a single ahead of the album. The song is loosely inspired by Eddie Cochran.

David Bowie
David Bowie

"Blue Jean" was launched with a 21-minute short film, Jazzin' for Blue Jean, directed by Julien Temple. The song performance segment from this was also used as a more conventional music video. The film won the 1985 Grammy Award for "Best Video, Short Form", later renamed "Best Music Video." 
Read more: Wikipedia

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