Monday, January 24, 2022

Music History Today: January 25, 2022

January 25, 1986: "My Hometown" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

"My Hometown" is a single by Bruce Springsteen off his Born in the U.S.A. album, that was the then-record-tying seventh and last top 10 single to come from it.

Bruce Springsteen
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The song's lyrics begin with the speaker's memories of his father instilling pride in the family's hometown. It then goes on to describe the racial violence and economic depression that the speaker witnessed as an adolescent and a young adult. The song concludes with the speaker's reluctant proclamation that he plans to move his family out of the town.
Read more: Wikipedia

January 25, 1964: "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen peaks at Number 4 on the US charts.

Surfin' Bird is a medley made up of the choruses of two R&B classics by the '60s doo-wop group The Rivingtons: "The Bird Is the Word" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow." The Trashmen were a garage band from Minneapolis. The brainchild of Trashmen drummer Steve Wahrer, the song was a quirky and consumable hit, boldly combining surf music with novelty R&B. 
Read more: Songfacts

January 25, 1969: "Indian Giver" by 1910 Fruitgum Company entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

"Indian Giver" is a song written by Bobby Bloom, Ritchie Cordell, and Bo Gentry. It was first recorded by 1910 Fruitgum Company for their 1969 album, Indian Giver. The song went to #5 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1969 and was on the charts for 13 weeks. 
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January 25, 1975: "Can't Get It Out of My Head" by Electric Light Orchestra entered the American Top 40 chart. 

“Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” was the showstopper from Electric Light Orchestra's 1974’s El Dorado album.

Electric Light Orchestra's 1974’s El Dorado album cover

The story goes that ELO's Jeff Lynne was tired of complaints from his father that the songs his son’s band produced lacked the melodic quality of classical music. Lynne was determined to prove he could do something tuneful with his band’s clever combination of rock song structures and classical flourishes. 
Read more: American  Songwriter

January 25, 1997: Sheryl Crow peaks at Number 10 on the US music chart with "If It Makes You Happy." 

Shortly after Sheryl Crow released her 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, she was off on tour, picked up three Grammy Awards, then went back out on the road again for another two years. Once the dust settled, the pressure was on to produce a second album.

Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
Crow called on her friend, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Jeff Trott to join her at Kingsway Studio to record a song he had played for her once before. Trott first played “If It Makes You Happy” for Crow at a cabin near Yosemite National Park owned by his Wire Train bandmate, drummer Brian MacLeod. 
Read more: American Songwriter

My Hometown
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