Friday, December 17, 2021

Music History Today: December 18, 2021

December 18, 1981: Rod Stewart's concert at the Forum in Los Angeles, broadcast via satellite to 35 million people, features a "Hot Legs" duet with Tina Turner
Rod Stewart "Hot Legs" duet with Tina Turner
Rod Stewart & Tina Turner
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December 18, 1961: The Tokens end the year at number 1 with the three-week run of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
Three years ago, when Disney announced a remake of its animated classic The Lion King, one family in South Africa was hopeful. The Lion King features “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a song written and recorded in the Thirties by South African singer and migrant worker Solomon Linda. For decades, Linda barely received any compensation for the incorporation of his song into “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” 
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December 18, 1965: Peaking at number 3 on the Billboard singles chart, James Brown's highest charting song with "I Got You (I Feel Good)."
If you want to know where Michael Jackson got some of his dance moves, look no further than James Brown.

James Brown
James Brown

He might have also been the inspiration for some of Jackson's signature yells, although the high-pitched, energetic scream Brown emits throughout this song is so recognizable, it's as iconic as the rest of the lyrics. 
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December 18, 1971: Charley Pride has an American Top 40 hit when "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" hits the top of that chart.
The Charley Pride Kiss An Angel Good Mornin‘ song was released on September 28, 1971 as a track on his “Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs” album. 

Charley Pride
Charley Pride

The song has since become one of his signature tunes and was his eighth song to reach number one on the country charts.  This song also spent 4 months on the Pop music charts. 
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December 18, 1982: Hall & Oates overtook The Everly Brothers as the top recording duo of all time when their biggest hit, "Maneater," reached number 1 on the US singles chart. 

Hot Legs
Rod Stewart & Tina Turner

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