Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Music History Today: February 23, 2022

February 23, 1999: Channel 4 in the UK released the groundbreaking TV series, Queer as Folk.

Queer as Folk is one of those rare flickers of brilliance.

Channel 4 TV series, Queer as Folk
Channel 4 TV series Queer as Folk

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Created by gay screenwriting icon Russell T Davies, the show follows the lives of three gay men – best friends Stuart Jones and Vince Tyler, and 15-year-old Nathan Maloney – living in Manchester’s gay village. Channel 4’s decision to commission Queer as Folk, reportedly investing £3m in the first eight episodes, wasn’t just brave – it was fearless. 
Read more: Independent

February 23, 1959: "Donna" by Ritchie Valens peaks at Number 2 on the US charts.

According to Distractify, "Donna" is dedicated to Ritchie Valens' high school sweetheart, Donna Ludwig.

Ritchie Valens
Ritchie Valens
The couple met in 1957 at a party where Valens was playing. Ludwig's parents reportedly did not approve of the relationship, as she was white and Valens was Hispanic. Nonetheless, the relationship would continue for over two years as she would "regularly" sneak out of her bedroom window to see him. 
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February 23, 1980: Charlie Dore made her debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Pilot of the Airwaves."

The lyrics to "Pilot of the Airwaves" are from the point of view of a woman who frequently listens, late at night, to a radio disc jockey whom she calls a "pilot of the airwaves," keeping what has often been called the "dawn patrol." She admits that she has few real-life friends and that the DJ keeps her as much company as she believes she needs. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 23, 1985: Bryan Adams made it into the American Top 40, moving from 42 to 35, with "Somebody."

Bryan Adams’ Reckless isn’t exactly Born in the U.S.A., but it shares at least one thing in common with the Springsteen classic.

Bryan Adams

Six of its singles reached the top 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100, a feat matched (at that time) by only Born in the U.S.A. and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Four of those songs are absolute bangers: ‘Run To You,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Summer of ’69,’ and ‘Somebody.’ 
Read more: Meet Me In Montauk

February 23, 1991: Warrant's "I Saw Red" topped out at Number 10 on the US music chart.

"I Saw Red" by American glam metal band Warrant was released as the second single from from their second album, Cherry Pie. 

Warrant
Warrant

The song was inspired by a true story of betrayal. It was written after Warrant lead vocalist Jani Lane had walked in on his girlfriend in bed with his best friend, resulting in Lane's nervous breakdown and the delayed release of the band's first record Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Queer As Folk Theme
Murray Gold feat
Craig Kelly & Charlie Hunnam

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