Saturday, January 1, 2022

Music History Today: January 2, 2022

January 2, 1993: When "The Last Song" by Elton John charts at 24, Elton John has 23 consecutive years with a song in the US Hot 100, breaking Elvis Presley's record.

"The Last Song" marked the first of John's American singles to benefit his AIDS foundation. 

Elton John
Elton John

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Bernie Taupin faxed the lyrics to him in Paris, shortly after Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury had died the previous year. The song tells of an estranged father coming to terms with the sexuality of his gay son, who is dying of an AIDS-related illness. 
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January 2, 1954: "Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa)" by Eddie Fisher hits the top of the charts and stays for seven weeks.

"O mein Papa" is a nostalgic German song, originally as related by a young woman remembering her beloved, once-famous clown father.

TV Fan Magazine October 1954- Eddie Fisher- Liberace
TV Fan Magazine
October 1954

It was adapted into English under the title "Oh! My Pa-Pa". A recording by Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter's orchestra and chorus that was made at Webster Hall, New York City, debuted on the Billboard chart on December 12, 1953. 
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January 2, 1957: The highest entry on the Billboard's Hot 100, at number 27, is "Banana Boat (Day-O)" by Harry Belafonte.

"Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" is a traditional Jamaican folk song, a work song, from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. The lyrics describe how daylight has come, their shift is over, and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home. The best-known version was released by American singer Harry Belafonte in 1956. 
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January 2, 1971: Van Morrison reaches number 9 of the American Top 10 with "Domino."

"Domino" is a musical tribute to one of Van Morrison's inspirations, Fats Domino, and really an ode to American R&B music in general. Morrison was born in Belfast and influenced by singers like Domino, Ray Charles, and Jackie Wilson. He moved to America in his early 20s to launch his solo career after leaving his band Them. 
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January 2, 2010: Adam Lambert enters the US singles chart with "Whataya Want from Me.

"Whataya Want from Me" is a song by American Idol eighth season runner-up Adam Lambert from his debut studio album,

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert

For Your Entertainment. It was released as the second single from the album. The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. 
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