Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Music History Today: January 5, 2022

January 5, 2002: Default debuts on the Billboard hot 100 singles chart with their first single, "Wasting My Time." 
"Wasting My Time" by Canadian rock band Default for their first studio album was released as their debut single on August 28, 2001.

Canadian rock band Default
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The song was written by the members of the band and produced by Chad Kroeger and Rick Parashar. "Wasting My Time" is Default's most commercially successful song, having reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 8, 2002. 
Read more: Wikipedia
January 5, 1963: The Miracles moved toward the American Top 40, moving from 69 to 46, with "You've Really Got a Hold On Me."
Miracles leader Smokey Robinson wrote "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" while thinking about Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me." Cooke's song finds the singer apologizing to his girl after casting her off, promising to treat her right if she comes back. "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" is the same sentiment but with the roles reversed: the girl mistreats the guy, but he loves her unconditionally. 
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January 5, 1974: Paul Simon entered the American Top 40, at 39, with "American Tune."
There are songs which resonate powerfully when first we hear them, yet continue to expand with meaning and poignance through the passing years.

Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin' Simon

Few songs do this with the pointed poetics of this song. It was stunning back in 1973, and yet speaks to this American moment better than just about any other song. 
Read more: American Songwriter

January 5, 1980: Kenny Rogers powered into the American Top 10, moving from number 22 to 8, with "Coward of the County."
In 1979, Kenny Rogers released “Coward of The County” as the second single from his multi-platinum album Kenny.

Kenny Rogers “Coward of The County”

The song that runs over four minutes became a major crossover hit! It topped the Billboard Country chart and reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart. “Coward Of The County” also topped the Cash Box singles chart and was a Top 10 hit in several other countries. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily

January 5, 1985: Pat Benatar peaked at number 5 with "We Belong."
"We Belong" is a song written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro and released as the lead single from her Benatar's sixth studio album, Tropico (1984).

Pat Benatar
Pat Benatar

It matched the success of "Love Is a Battlefield" on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States. 
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Wasting My Time

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