Monday, February 14, 2022

Music History Today: February 15, 2022

February 15, 2005: The Norah Jones album Come Away With Me is certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million in America.
Norah Jones' debut on Blue Note is a mellow, acoustic pop affair with soul and country overtones, immaculately produced by the great Arif Mardin.

Norah Jones album Come Away With Me
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(It's pretty much an open secret that the 22-year-old vocalist and pianist is the daughter of Ravi Shankar.)  Jones, for her part, wrote the title track and the pretty but slightly restless "Nightingale." She also includes a convincing reading of Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart." 
Read more: Allmusic
February 15, 1958: At Number 57, Connie Francis' "Who's Sorry Now" entered Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.
"Who's Sorry Now?" was recorded in 1957 by Connie Francis. Francis had recorded 20 sides for MGM Records and only one charted at all. Due to her near-complete failure as a recording artist, MGM informed her that her contract would end after one more disc.

Connie Francis
Connie Francis

Francis's father suggested she record "Who's Sorry Now". He was convinced that it would have crossover appeal with both older listeners and teenagers if the song were given a modernized sound. Francis strongly objected to the idea on the grounds that selling the youth audience on an almost 35-year-old song was "ridiculous", but she finally agreed to it as a favor to her father. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 15, 1964: Dionne Warwick topped out at Number 8 in America with "Anyone Who Had a Heart."
November 1963 will be remembered by most as the month in which president Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. But music history also marks it significant for one of the most productive 3-hour sessions in music history, yielding two hits for Dionne Warwick: Walk On By and Anyone Who Had A Heart. 
Read more: Music Aficionado

February 15, 1965:  The Beatles recorded "Ticket to Ride."
Many regard Rubber Soul as The Beatles record that changed not only the way the Fab Four did things in the studio but would also have a profound impact on the way other bands did things from then on.

The Beatles
The Beatles

However, one could argue that it was Help! that marked a shift in The Beatles’ attitude towards the art of recording.  The first song that The Beatles tracked for their 1965 record, Help! was ‘Ticket to Ride.’ 
Read more: Farout Magazine

February 15, 1997: No Mercy made a big move their second week on the US music chart 66-44, with "Please Don't Go."
"Please Don't Go" was first recorded in 1997 by the German pop band No Mercy. It was taken from their debut album My Promise. On 21 January 1997, it was released as their fourth single and became a worldwide hit, entering the top 10 in Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Cold, Cold Heart
Norah Jones

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