Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Music History Today: December 29, 2021

December 29, 2001: Pink peaked at number 4 with "Get the Party Started."

"Get the Party Started" by Pink was her biggest-selling song at the time. It was composed by former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry. She said that the process of making the song was "so unlike me." 

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According to her, she was going through a "weird phase" during which she wanted to learn how to program drums. She programmed her first beat, picked up a bass guitar, and, in her words, "did what the beat was asking me to do." She decided to put "every wrong instrument" in the song, and consequently acquired a horn sample. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 29, 1957: Chuck Berry began recording "Sweet Little Sixteen" in Chicago, Illinois.

Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry

"Sweet Little Sixteen" is all about teenage fan culture, taking us from Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, to Texas, San Francisco, St. Louis, and New Orleans. It's a cross-country tour with groupies. 
Read more: Shmoop

December 29, 1962: "My Coloring Book" by Sandy Stewart began its trip up the US singles chart.

Sandy Stewart first sang "My Coloring Book" on the Kraft Music Hall television program on October 31, 1962. It was an instant hit -- Stewart's only hit over her long career -- and became the impetus for this the LP of the same name. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 29, 1973: Jim Stafford's second hit, "Spiders and Snakes," enters the American Top 40 on its way to the Top Three.

"Spiders & Snakes" by Jim Stafford was written by Stafford and David Bellamy of The Bellamy Brothers.


It was the second of four U.S. Top 40 singles released from his eponymous debut album and also the highest-charting at number three. The lyrics in the verses are spoken, while only the chorus is sung. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 29, 2007: One Republic entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Stop and Stare."

“Stop and Stare” by OneRepublic is about feeling discontent, life is stagnant, and something needs to be done about it. The singer realizes he's failed to achieve his dreams, but there is still opportunity to fulfill these aspirations. 
Read more: Song Meanings & Facts

Get the Party Started

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