Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Music History Today: January 20, 2022

January 20, 1978: Journey released the studio album, Infinity.
Steve Perry was not a unanimous choice as Journey’s new singer.

Journey album Infinity
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But when Perry presented the bluesy Lights to the band, everyone sensed the possibilities. Tellingly, Lights was chosen as Infinity’s opening track – an introduction to the new Journey – and it remains one of the band’s best-loved songs. 
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January 20, 1968: "(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls" by Dionne Warwick entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" was composed for the film version of the Jacqueline Susann novel Valley of the Dolls and recorded by Dionne Warwick.


The song was to be given to Judy Garland, who had been fired from the film. Warwick performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks of 1968, her single of the film theme became a million-seller, peaking at #2 for four weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. 
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January 20, 1975: Bob Dylan released "Tangled Up in Blue."
"Tangled Up In Blue" is a very personal song for Dylan. In an oblique narrative, it deals with the changes he was going through, including his marriage falling apart.

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

A predominant theme is trying to escape the past. Dylan wrote this in the summer of 1974 at a farm he had just bought in Minnesota. He had been touring with The Band earlier that year. 
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January 20, 1990: "Just a Friend" by Biz Markie enters the US top 100 singles chart.

Biz Markie
Biz Markie
Fans of rapper Biz Markie (Marcel Hall) - who died from diabetes complications on July 16, 2021- can take comfort listening to his music, including his iconic song "Just a Friend" from "The Biz Never Sleeps" album. The Harlem-born music maker's Top 40 hit made Markie famous in 1989 as it became an international sensation and reached platinum status. 
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January 20, 1996: Deep Blue Something  peaks at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something was the band's only hit. It's sung from the point of view of a man whose girlfriend is on the verge of breaking up with him because the two have nothing in common. Desperate to find something, the man brings up the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's, and his girlfriend recalls that they "both kinda liked it." 
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