Saturday, December 18, 2021

Music History Today: December 19, 2021

December 19, 1986: The musical, black comedy film Little House of Horrors was released.
Little Shop of Horrors is the story of Seymour, a meek florist who works at the aptly named Skid Row Florists, where he is under the thumb of the owner, Mr. Mushnik, but where he also is secretly in love with Audrey, who also works at the struggling shop. 

Rick Moranis Little House of Horrors
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Seymour becomes a celebrity when he discovers a venus flytrap-looking plant he dubs “Audrey II,” but his life becomes disastrously complicated when the plant demands to be fed human blood, and eventually people themselves. 

December 19, 1964: The Detergents debuted in the American Top 40, moving from 58 to 33, with the novelty tune, "Leader of the Laundromat."
In early 1965, a three-member American band named The Detergents released a single titled “Leader of the Laundromat.”  They were Ron Dante, Danny Jordan and Tommy Wynn and toured together as The Detergents. The song reached reached #19 on the Billboard singles chart. Dante went on to sing lead vocals for the novelty group The Archies and the hit single “Sugar, Sugar.” 
Read more: Unremebered History

December 19, 1969: The Rolling Stones moved to number 1 in the U.K. with their album Let It Bleed.
The Stones were never as consistent on album as their main rivals, the Beatles, and Let It Bleed suffers from some rather perfunctory tracks, like "Monkey Man" and a countrified remake of the classic "Honky Tonk Woman" (here titled "Country Honk"). 

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
Yet some of the songs are among their very best, especially "Gimme Shelter," with its shimmering guitar lines and apocalyptic lyrics; the harmonica-driven "Midnight Rambler"; the druggy party ambience of the title track; and the stunning "You Can't Always Get What You Want." 
Read more: Allmusic

December 19, 1981: Earth, Wind and Fire peaked at number  3 on the US music chart with "Let's Groove."
"Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire was the lead single from their eleventh studio album Raise! In the very late 1970s and early 1980s, disco music was undergoing a severe backlash. In spite of this, the band decided to revive the disco sound that was later included on their previous works and records. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 19, 1987: Steve Winwood made it into the American Top 10, peaking at number 9, with "Valerie."  
When this song was first released in 1982, it went to #51 in the UK and #70 in the US. In 1987, it was remixed by Tom Lord Alge with revised drum and vocal tracks for the 1987 Steve Winwood compilation album Chronicles, and again released as a single. This time, it went to #19 in the UK and #9 in the US. In 2004, the song was remixed once again by the Swedish DJ Eric Prydz as "Call On Me." This version was a monster hit across Europe. 
Read more: Songfacts

Little House of Horrors
Suddenly Seymour

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