Friday, February 18, 2022

Music History Today: February 19, 2022

February 19, 1983: With "Rock the Casbah" still in the Top 40, The Clash entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart at Number 79 with "Should I Stay or Should I Go."

The Clash struggled to really make an impact on the charts during their heyday. In fact, by 1982, with the band’s new record Combat Rock the group had rarely even flirted with the top ten.

The Clash
The Clash
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Two songs would change that and not only bring about some moderate commercial success for the group but, in an ironic twist of fate, perhaps also signal its demise. The most notable of those two songs (the other being ‘Rock the Casbah’) is the ubiquitous anthem ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go.’ 
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February 19, 1961: Johnny Burnette moved 20 spots his second week on the US chart, from 66 to 46, with "Little Boy Sad."

"Little Boy Sad" was written by Wayne Walker and performed by Johnny Burnette. The song reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart and #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. The song appeared on his 1961 album, Johnny Burnette Sings. 
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February 19, 1966: At Number 100, The Outsiders had their first hit on the American music chart with "Time Won't Let Me."

"Time Won't Let Me" was the first hit for The Outsiders, who were a Cleveland group that scored three other US Top 40s in 1966. Their lead singer Sonny Geraci was also the lead singer for Climax, a one-hit-wonder with "Precious and Few." Jimmy Fox, who was the drummer on the Outsiders' first album, later formed The James Gang with Joe Walsh. 
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February 19, 1972: B.J. Thomas made a big move, from Number 71 to 49, his second week on the Hot 100 chart with "Rock & Roll Lullaby."

"Rock and Roll Lullaby," written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, is sung in a first-person narrative of an adolescent or adult raised by a single teenage mother during the early years of rock-and-roll.

B.J. Thomas
B.J. Thomas

Despite the bleakness of their situation, whenever the child cries, the mother sings him to sleep with a 'sha-na-na-na-na-na-na, it'll be all right...sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, just hold on tight'. 
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February 19, 1977: "Angel in Your Arm" by Hot started their climb in the US music chart.

Although "Angel in Your Arms" belongs to the tradition of cheating songs prevalent in C&W music, the song was introduced by pop/R&B act Hot on their self-titled debut album, recorded 1976 at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with Wishbone's owners Clayton Ivey and Terrence (Terry) Woodford producing. It was Hot's lead singer Gwen Owens who requested the group be given a C&W song. 
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Should I Stay or Should I Go
The Clash

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