Monday, December 13, 2021

Music History Today: December 14, 2021

December 14, 1996: The film Evita, starring Madonna, opened in Los Angeles. 

Evita was beloved by Argentinians throughout her life, and Madonna was thrilled to be able to play her.

Evita starring Madonna movie poster

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But she wasn’t the first one to be considered for the role; Michelle Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close were all being considered to play the iconic first lady. But Madonna was so passionate about Evita’s story that she reached out to the film’s director, Alan Parker, herself. 

Read more: Cheat Sheet

December 14, 1957: Chuck Berry peaked at number 8 on the Billboard single's chart with "Rock & Roll Music."

Another of Chuck Berry’s set texts of rock’n’roll was making its presence felt on November 18, 1957. That was the date on which he continued his unstoppable run of early classics by entering the R&B chart with the utterly seminal “Rock & Roll Music.” 
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December 14, 1959:  Guy Mitchell takes over at number 1 for the next two weeks with his hit "Heartaches by the Number."

“Heartaches By The Number” is a jaunty song about despair, which is to say that it’s a country song.

Guy Mitchell
Guy Mitchell

It’s a weird gift that the Nashville machine has: to put together a song about soul-ripping sadness and have it come out sounding like no big deal at all. “Heartaches By The Number” has whistling, an almost-ska rhythm, and a lyric about having your soul trampled over and over.  
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December 14, 1991: Prince was powering up the charts, moving from number 88 to 49,  with "Diamond and Pearls." 

Prince spent the latter half of the '80s courting the pop audience, and by the time of Graffiti Bridge, he had lost much of his R&B fan base. 

Prince
Prince

As a response, he formed the New Power Generation and recorded Diamonds and Pearls. The New Power Generation is a more skilled band than the Revolution, and they are able to make Prince's funk jazzier. 

Read more: Allmusic

December 14, 2001: A cover of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid" by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman was released.

In 2001, Robbie Williams recorded Swing When You're Winning, a tribute to the classic American pop vocalists of the 1950s.

Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman
Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman

On an album steeped in the sound and mood of Frank Sinatra, Williams tried his hand on several tunes made famous by the Chairman of the Board. This EP features Williams' recording of Sinatra's hit "Somethin' Stupid," here presented as a duet with actress Nicole Kidman. 
Read more: Allmusic


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