Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Music History Today: February 17, 2022

February 17, 2001: Lenny Kravitz' "Again" made it to Number 4 in Billboard's chart.
"Again" by Lenny Kravitz was the only new song from his first Greatest Hits album. It was initially set to be on his sixth studio album.

Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz

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Kravitz released it instead as the lead single from his compilation album. It won Kravitz a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 2001, a feat he had already achieved twice consecutively, with "Fly Away" and "American Woman". 
Read more: Wikipedia
February 17, 1962: "Twistin’ the Night Away" by  Sam Cooke entered the American Top 40 chart.
Sam Cooke is more known as a romantic crooner than as a soul shouter. Like some others who fit this stereotype (like Smokey Robinson), however, he could also whip up a rock'n'roll storm sometimes. "Twistin' the Night Away," a Top Ten hit in 1962, was one of his best uptempo numbers. 
Read more: Allmusic

February 17, 1973: Bread entered the American Top 40 with "Aubrey."
"Aubrey" was written by David Gates after watching Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn. It appeared on Bread's 1972 album Guitar Man. The single lasted 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 15. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 17, 1979: Barry Manilow had another Top 10 hit when "Somewhere in the Night" peaked at Number 9 in the US.
"Somewhere in the Night" was a US Top 20 hit for both Helen Reddy and Barry Manilow.

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Manilow recorded it for his 1978 album Even Now. In July 1978 Manilow's version of "Somewhere in the Night" was issued as the flip of Manilow's single "Copacabana" for its release in the UK. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 17, 1990: Exposé topped out at Number 9 on the US music chart with "Tell Me Why."
Exposé, known for upbeat dance tunes like "Point Of No Return" and heartfelt ballads like "Seasons Change," didn't sing much about politics or world affairs, but "Tell Me Why" is an exception. The song is a call for peace, asking why there is so much fighting in the world and what it accomplishes. 
Read more: Songfacts

Lenny Kravitz

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