Sunday, December 12, 2021

Music History Today: December 12, 2021

December 12, 1987: Buster Poindexter & His Banshees Of Blue debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with "Hot Hot Hot."

Buster Poindexter was the pseudonym rock singer David Johansen adopted in the mid-'80s for a semi-comic nightclub singer act he began to perform. 

Buster Poindexter
Buster Poindexter

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Eschewing his hard rock solo career -- which followed a stint as lead singer of the New York Dolls -- Johansen turned up at the New York club Tramps in a tuxedo, with a band he dubbed the Banshees of Blue, and sang pop standards, jump blues, and various novelty material. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 12, 1964: The new number 1 on the US music chart was "Mr. Lonely" by  Bobby Vinton.

Bobby Vinton began writing "Mr. Lonely" in the late 1950s, while serving in the Army. The song describes a soldier who is sent overseas and has no communication with his home. 
Bobby Vinton
Bobby Vinton

The singer laments his condition and wishes for someone to talk with. The single of Vinton's recording was released just as the Vietnam War was escalating and many soldiers were experiencing a similar situation. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 12, 1970: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles took over the top spot on the US music chart with "The Tears of a Clown."

As Motown devotees know, “Tears Of A Clown” was a smash that was created in the UK. The Smokey Robinson & the Miracles track, written by Smokey with Stevie Wonder and Henry “Hank” Cosby, had sat almost unnoticed as a non-single on the Make It Happen album from the summer of 1967. But three years later, the UK company’s inspired decision to put it out as a 45 led it to No.1 in Britain and a belated US release. 
Read more: U Discover Music

December 12, 1981: "She's Got a Way" by Billy Joel entered the American Top 40 chart.
"She's Got A Way" is a simple, elegant, and straightforward ballad.  The sincerity and earnestness in the lyrics and in Billy's voice are palpable.  
Billy Joel

He adores the woman he is singing about, she has a smile that heals, a way about her.  Billy was just 22 when "She's Got A Way" was recorded and he sounds very young, even na├»ve. 
Read more: One Final Serenade

 

December 12, 1998: Faith Evans made the American Top 10, peaking at number 7, with "Love Like This."
"Love Like This"by Faith Evans was written by Evans, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Clarence Emery, and Schon Crawford for her second studio album Keep the Faith. The song is built around a looped sample from "Chic Cheer" by American band Chic. Due to the inclusion of the sample, band members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers are also credited as songwriters. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Hot Hot Hot
Buster Poindexter &
His Banshees Of Blue

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