Sunday, December 19, 2021

Music History Today: December 20, 2021

December 20, 1981: Dreamgirls premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. 
DREAMGIRLS first opened at the Imperial Theatre, Broadway in the December 1981. The production was directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, and starred Sheryl Lee Ralph as ‘Deena Jones’, Jennifer Holliday as ‘Effie White’, Loretta Devine as ‘Lorrell Robinson.’

Jennifer Holliday
Jennifer Holliday

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In 1982 DREAMGIRLS won six Tony® awards which included Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Jennifer Holliday). 
December 20, 1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival made it up to number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart with "Down On the Corner."
"Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival appeared on their fourth studio album, Willy and the Poor Boys (1969). The song chronicles the tale of the fictional band Willy and the Poor Boys, and how they play on street corners to cheer people up and ask for nickels. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 20, 1975: The Marshall Tucker Band entered the American Top 40 with "Fire On the Mountain."
"Fire on the Mountain" was written by George McCorkle of The Marshall Tucker Band in the hopes that his friend Charlie Daniels would record it on the album of the same name.

Marshall Tucker Band Searchin' for a Rainbow album

When Daniels decided not to use it, McCorkle recorded it with his band on their Searchin' for a Rainbow album, with Daniels guesting on fiddle. It became the band's first Top 40 hit single and is one of the most popular Southern rock tunes. 
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December 20, 1980: Boz Scaggs made a big move, from number 64 to 45, with "Miss Sun."
“Miss Sun” is a 1980 hit for Boz Scaggs first recorded in 1977 by David Paich – originally the sole credited writer – along with David Hungate, Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro.

Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs

The four singers were working as session musicians on Scaggs’ Down Two Then Left album. They also worked on the self-titled album by Lisa Dalbello which was produced by David Foster. 
Read more: Session Days

December 20, 1986: The Bangles took over at the top spt on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart with "Walk Like an Egyptian."
“Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles was one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. You couldn’t turn on a radio without hearing it. You couldn’t tune in to MTV without seeing it.

The Bangles
The Bangles

The Bangles, featuring Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele, released the track in September 1986 as the third single off their album “Different Light,” following “Manic Monday,” written by Prince, and “If She Knew What She Wants,” written by Jules Shear. 

And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)
Jennifer Holliday

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