Friday, February 11, 2022

Music History Today: February 12, 2022

February 12, 2008: Jason Mraz released the single "I'm Yours."
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards.

Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz

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 A huge commercial success in the United States, the song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100; and spent 76 weeks on the chart, breaking the record for the longest charting song on the chart, previously held by LeAnn Rimes' song "How Do I Live" with 69 weeks on the chart. 

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February 12, 1966: Stevie Wonder peaked at Number 3 in the US with "Uptight (Everything’s Alright) "
At 15 years old, Stevie Wonder was almost a has-been. He had started his career at Motown four years earlier, where the blind 11-year-old, formerly known as Stevland Judkins, was rechristened Little Stevie Wonder and molded into a miniature Ray Charles. Shortly after his 13th birthday, Wonder earned his first hit with “Fingertips – Pt 2.”  
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February 12, 1973: "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley and the Wailers was released.
"I Shot the Sheriff" follows an easy enough narrative. Bob Marley confesses to having shot Sheriff John Brown, in self-defense, but denies having killed the deputy, the person the town is actually trying to try him for.

Bob Marley
Bob Marley

Later on, in 1974, as David Vlado Moskowitz's The Words and Music of Bob Marley unearths, Marley explained that, "I want to say 'I shot the police' but the government would have made a fuss so I said 'I shot the sheriff' instead... but it's the same idea: justice." 
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February 12, 1977: Glen Campbell had a crossover hit when "Southern Nights" started it's climb up the Hot 100 chart.
When Glen Campbell released “Southern Nights” off the album of the same name, fans were straight away taken by the infectious country song.

Glen Campbell

With Campbell’s unique guitar lick, the song reached No. 1 on three different US charts: Hot Country Songs, Billboard Hot 100, and Adult Contemporary. 
Read more: Country Thang Daily

February 12, 1983: Styx' "Mister Roboto" entered the US music chart.
"Mr. Roboto" was written by former vocalist Dennis DeYoung, who left the group in 1999. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in Canada, but guitarist Tommy Shaw's reported dislike of the song and direction of the group's concert performances  led him to leave the band at the completion of the "Kilroy" tour. 
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I'm Yours
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