Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Music History Today: December 8, 2021

December 8, 1977: Chuck Mangione released his studio album Feels So Good.
Due to the title cut, this was a huge seller when it originally came out.

Chuck Mangione
Chuck Mangione
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Reissued on CD, this set from fl├╝gel-hornist Chuck Mangione (which helped give guitarist Grant Geissman some fame) is actually stronger from the jazz standpoint than Mangione's subsequent dates. 
Read more: Allmusic
December 8, 1956: Guy Mitchell finishes the year at the top, staying there for nine weeks with his hit "Singing the Blues."
"Singing the Blues" is a popular song written by Melvin Endsley and published in 1956. The song was first recorded and released by Marty Robbins. The best-known recording was released in October 1956 by Guy Mitchell and spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart from 8 December 1956, to 2 February 1957. It was Mitchell's second and last hit in Italy. 
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December 8, 1973: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with "The Love I Lost."  
"The Love I Lost" is a song by American R&B group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Originally written as a ballad by Philly soul songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the song was transformed into a disco song. It was one of the transitional songs marking the emergence of disco from traditional rhythm and blues as a distinctive style of music. 
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December 8, 1984: The new number 1 songs was "Out of Touch" by Daryl Hall & John Oates.
"Out of Touch" by Hall & Oates is from their twelfth studio album Big Bam Boom. It's often segued from "Dance on Your Knees", which is the opening song of the Big Bam Boom album. 

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Daryl Hall & John Oates

According to John Oates, he came up with the chorus while randomly playing around with a synthesizer that he did not know how to use. He thought it could be a song for the Stylistics, having a Philly sound. But in the studio the next day a co-producer told him it should be a hit for Hall & Oates themselves. 
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December 8, 1990: Poison made it to number 4 on the US music chart with "Something to Believe In."
On Christmas Eve 1989, Poison lead singer Bret Michaels' huge Polynesian bodyguard died alone in his Palm Springs hotel room.

Poison
Poison

His name was Kimo, and much like the rest of the band, he became heavily involved with alcohol, drugs, and women, which had taken a toll on his health. Kimo was also a personal friend of Michaels and when the Poison vocalist was informed of his mate's death, he reacted by locking himself in his room and writing this song. Kimo can be seen in the video. 
Read more: Songfacts
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