Thursday, February 10, 2022

Music History Today: February 11, 2022

February 11, 1984: Michael Jackson has the highest new entry on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, at Number 20, with "Thriller."
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is so closely associated with Halloween that it can be easy to overlook the fact that it’s also the most influential music video ever made, for a host of reasons only partly related to its spooky subject matter.

Michael Jackson “Thriller
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For starters, it’s the most popular, critically acclaimed music video in history, one whose fame helped push the album it was a part of, 1982’s Thriller, to become the highest-selling album in music history, with some estimates claiming over 100 million copies sold worldwide. 
Read more: Vox
February 11, 1967: Herman’s Hermits enter the American Music chart with "There's a Kind of Hush."
"There's a Kind of Hush" is a popular song written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens.
Herman's Hermits
Herman's Hermits
Originally recorded by Stephens' group the New Vaudeville Band in 1967 as a neo-British music hall number, this version of the track became a hit in Australia and South Africa. However, in the rest of the world, a near-simultaneous cover was a big hit for Herman's Hermits. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 11, 1977: David Bowie released "Sound and Vision" as a single, which was taken from his latest album Low.
When David Bowie presented Low as a finished product to his record label, RCA, they were less than pleased. 

David Bowie 1976
David Bowie 1976

However, the accidental single taken from the album, one which Bowie himself did very little to help promote, would prove to be his most successful hit, reaching number three in the UK charts. David Bowie and Iggy Pop ended up in Berlin as a last-ditch attempt to get clean from their respective drug uses, and the song’s conception began there. 
Read more: Farout Magazine

February 11, 1978: Andrew Gold  debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with "Thank You for Being a Friend."
"Thank You for Being a Friend" was written by Andrew Gold for his third album, All This and Heaven Too. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. On the Cash Box chart, "Thank You for Being a Friend" spent two weeks at number 11. A cover by Cynthia Fee was the theme song for the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls. 
Read more: Wikipedia 

February 11, 1984: Topping out at the second spot on the American Top 40 is "Joanna" by Kool & The Gang.
"Joanna" was a huge hit for Kool & the Gang, and their second most successful song after "Celebration." Guitarist Claydes Charles Smith brought the tune to the Gang under the title "Dear Mom." Ronald Bell suggested a few changes, including a new title that would capitalize on the "name" song trend, like Toto's hit "Rosanna" the year before. 
Read more: Songfacts

Thriller
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