Thursday, January 20, 2022

Music History Today: January 21, 2022

January 21, 1995: "I’m the Only One" by Melissa Etheridge peaks at Number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Like many songs on her first album, Melissa Etheridge, "I'm the Only One" deals with non-monogamous relationships.

Melissa Etheridge
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In the verses, the singer tells how much she suffers because her partner desires someone else. In the chorus, the singer reminds her partner that even if her partner is in a new relationship, that the singer will always be the only one who really loves them with passion. 
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January 21, 1967: Tom Jones entered the American Top 40 with "Green, Green Grass of Home."

Made famous by Tom Jones, “Green, Green Grass Of Home” has been around for over five decades now, and it managed to capture so many hearts through the years. 

Tom Jones
Tom Jones

When Jones’ version was released in 1966, it swiftly climbed and hit the top of the chart. The song became a million-seller and Christmas No. 1 that year in the United Kingdom, with a seven-week reign. In the United States, the single reached No. 11, and it also went to No. 1 in Australia. 

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January 21, 1978: The theme from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” entered the American Top 40 chart.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie poster

John Williams’ haunting, ethereal score is integral to the drama of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 science fiction film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In fact, much of the score was written before filming began. In a reversal of the normal process, Spielberg set parts of the film to Williams’ music. 
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January 21, 1980: "Shaddap You Face" by Joe Dolce went to Number 1 for eight weeks on the Australia Kent Music Report.

Joe Dolce was born in Ohio, and his parents were Italian American. In the late '70s, he took a train from Ohio to California and wrote some poetry, including this song. He moved to Australia in 1979, where he created the Joe Dolce Music Theater and created the character Giuseppe, which he used to perform this song. 
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January 21, 1984: Matthew Wilder peaked at Number 5 in the US with "Break My Stride."

When Matthew Wilder first wrote his early '80s synth-pop smash "Break My Stride," he wasn't, as the lyrics suggest, in the greatest headspace. "I was under contract to Arista Records and I had been two years deep into that relationship and things were not going my way," he tells the Recording Academy. "'Stride' was a culmination of that feeling of being incredibly frustrated." 
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I’m the Only One
Melissa Etheridge



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