Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Music History Today: February 10, 2022

February 10, 2001: The song entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the highest point, Number 53, is "Around the World (la la la la la)" by ATC.

"Around the World (La La La La La)" was released as ATC's debut single from their debut album, Planet Pop, on May 22, 2000 in Germany. The single reached number one on the German Singles Chart for six weeks.


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In August 2002, it was re-released in a newly remixed version, peaking at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, "Around the World (La La La La La)" was serviced to radio stations on 16 January 2001 and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia
February 10, 1956: Little Richard recorded "Long Tall Sally."

"Long Tall Sally" reached number one on the Billboard rhythm and blues chart while peaking at number six on the pop chart.

Little Richard
Little Richard
 The song is listed at number 55 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It also ranked at number 45 on Billboard's year-end singles of 1956. It became one of the singer's best-known hits and has become a rock and roll standard covered by hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley, the Kinks and the Beatles. 

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February 10, 1968: In their second week on the US music chart, The Four Tops made a big move, from Number 71 to 46, with "Walk Away Renee."

 “Walk Away Renee” was recorded by the Four Tops in late 1966 and early ’67, and issued on their album Reach Out in July 1967. It was a remake of a non-Motown hit by the Left Banke, which was co-written by that group’s leader, Mike Lookofsky. 
Read more: Classic Motown

February 10, 1979:  "Big Shot" by Billy Joel entered, at Number 57,  Billboards Hot 100 chart.

Just as his other hit single from his 52nd Street album - "My Life" - was peaking at #3, "Big Shot" from the same LP entered the US music chart.

Billy Joel 52nd Street album photoshoot
Billy Joel 52nd Street
album photoshoot

In an interview with Howard Stern on November 16, 2010, Joel said the song was written after having dinner with Mick and Bianca Jagger. Joel told Stern that while writing the lyrics to "Big Shot," he was thinking of Mick singing the song to Bianca. 
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February 10, 1996: Smashing Pumpkins' single "1979" was the highest new entry, at Number 20, on the US music chart.

The second single to be taken from Smashing Pumpkins third album was released on January 23, 1996. Written by Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan, it was entitled 1979 because it was the year that Corgan was 12. If you're wondering what was so significant about that age, it was the year that the rocker - who was born on March 17, 1967 - considered to be his transition into adolescence. 
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Around the World
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