Saturday, November 6, 2021

Music History Today: November 7, 2021

November 7, 1981: Rick Springfield makes it to number 8 on the US single's chart with "I've Done Everything For You."
Long before Sammy Hagar hit as a solo artist, much less joined Van Halen, his biggest success on the charts came courtesy of Rick Springfield’s 1981 cover of the song “I’ve Done Everything For You.” Back then, Springfield joked that there was a secret to his success.

Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield
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“Rick had me beat when he said the reason the song was a hit was because he was better looking than me,” Hagar tells Pat Monahan. “That’s what he told me when I asked him.” Further, Springfield — because he had started as an actor — was a natural for the looming MTV age, whereas Hagar admits to being intimidated by the camera. 
November 7, 1964: "Chug-a-Lug" by Roger Miller reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Chug-a-lug” was one of the first two songs that Miller performed during his first session with Smash Records in 1964. The company released both songs as singles. “Chug-a-lug” reached No. 3 on the country chart while peaking at No. 9 on Billboard Hot 100. The other song, “Dang Me” was even more successful becoming Miller’s first top country hit and first Top 10 pop song. Undeniably, these two songs had transformed Miller’s career. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily

 

November 7, 1970: R. Dean Taylor made it to the Top 5 with "Indiana Wants Me."   
"Indiana Wants Me" was written by Canadian singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor from the viewpoint of someone who has murdered a man who insulted his woman. 

R. Dean Taylor
R. Dean Taylor

He is missing his family and hiding from the police, who eventually catch up with him. Taylor wrote and composed the song after watching the movie Bonnie and Clyde. The police siren sounds at the start of the record were removed from some copies supplied to radio stations after complaints that drivers hearing the song on the radio had mistakenly pulled over, thinking that the sounds were real. 
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November 7, 1987: "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
Perhaps no band in history has been able to spin so much gold out of utter chaos than Fleetwood Mac. The obvious example of this phenomenon was Rumours, the 1977 smash song cycle detailing the romantic complications among the five members.  

Ten years later, Tango In The Night brought the band back from a five-year recording hiatus in a haze of infighting and personal problems. The album contained four top 20 singles and went three times platinum in the United States. The biggest of those hits, reaching No. 4, was “Little Lies,” credited to Christine McVie and her then-husband Eddy Quintela. 

November 7, 1992: This weeks  highest debut, at number 77, was "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" by U2.
U2's frontman Bono married his high school sweetheart, Ali, in 1982 and has been with her ever since. He can relate to the ups and downs of his own relationship, but he's at a disadvantage when writing about the pain of divorce. For "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," he drew on what his guitarist, The Edge, was going through: splitting from his wife, Aislinn O'Sullivan. 
Read more: Songfacts

I've Done Everything For You
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