Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Music History Today: December 16, 2021

December 16, 1989: Taylor Dayne's "With Every Beat of My Heart" topped out at Number 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.  
The first single from Taylor Dayne's second album, "With Every Beat of My Heart" was written by the songwriter-producers Arthur Baker, Lotti Golden and Tommy Faragher.

Taylor Dayne
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Along the lines of her breakout hit "Tell It To My Heart," it's a catchy dance song sung from the perspective of a woman in love.  
Read more: Songfacts
December 16, 1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the single "Hey Joe."
“Hey Joe” is a classic illustration of the music industry truism that where there’s a hit, there’s a writ. 
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This brooding tale of a wronged man who shoots his cheating lover dead before going on the run is eternally defined by Jimi Hendrix’s sky-scraping 1966 cover, but its provenance was a source of controversy. 
Read more: Life of a Song

December 16, 1967: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Gladys Knight and the Pips peaked at Number 2 on the American popular music chart.
The chequered story of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” is one that always ends with Marvin Gaye as the punchline. For such an indelible classic in the annals of soul music, that’s only right and proper. But it had already been an R&B No.1. On December 2, 1967, that distinction was granted to the exciting Motown interpretation of “Grapevine” by Gladys Knight and the Pips. 
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December 16, 1972: Lobo released the single "Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend."
"Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend," written and recorded by American singer Lobo, appears on his album Of a Simple Man. Released in 1972, the single peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was his third of four songs to top the Billboard Easy Listening chart, where it had a two-week stay at No. 1. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 16, 1978: Andy Gibb made it into the American Top 10, peaking at Number 9, "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away."
"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" is a song penned by Barry Gibb and Blue Weaver and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 on the Saturday Night Fever sessions.

Andy Gibb 1978
Andy Gibb

It was released as the third single from Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing album, but only in the United States. The song was his fifth single to reach the US Top 10. 
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