Thursday, February 24, 2022

Music History Today: February 25, 2022

February 25, 1985: Tears for Fears released their album Songs from the Big Chair.

Songs from the Big Chair could almost be called pseudo-conceptual, as each song holds its place and each is integral to the overall tapestry.

Tears for Fears' album Songs from the Big Chair

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It's single-minded resolve is easy to overlook when an album is as commercially successful as Songs from the Big Chair. And commercially successful it was, containing no less than three huge commercial radio hits, including the dramatic and insistent march, "Shout" and the shimmering, cascading "Head Over Heels." 
Read more: Allmusic

February 25, 1967: Sam & Dave entered Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart at Number 78 with "When Something is Wrong with My Baby."

Like most Sam & Dave songs, this was written and produced by the Stax Records team of Dave Porter and Isaac Hayes. Sam & Dave signed to the label in 1965 and had their first hit in 1966 with "Hold On, I'm Comin'." Most of their songs were uptempo, but they slowed it down for "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" and had modest hit with the song in 1967. Their signature song, "Soul Man," came later that year. 
Read more: Songfacts

February 25, 1973: A Little Night Music opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre.

The original Broadway production of A Little Night Music follows aging actress Desiree Armfeldt, her mother Madame Armfeldt, and a series of interwoven love affairs during one eventful weekend in the country.

A Little Night Music playbill

Directed and produced by Harold Prince, the musical earned 12 Tony Award nominations, winning six including Best Musical.  The musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 
Read more: Playbill


February 25, 1978: Bob Welch moved into the American Top 40 with "Ebony Eyes."

The follow up to Welch's hit "Sentimental Lady," "Ebony Eyes" is a straightforward ode to a shy woman at a dance with the most alluring eyes he's ever seen. Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac before recording as a solo artist.  
Read more: Songfacts

February 25, 1984: Billy Joel's "An Innocent Man" peaked at Number 10 on the US music chart.

"An Innocent Man" is a simple soulful song about the strength and understanding that is needed for a loving relationship particularly with someone who has been hurt or betrayed in a previous relationship.  In the song, Billy seems to console a broken-hearted individual, someone who has been burned by rejection and abandonment,  someone who is afraid to open up, to trust, and to give herself to someone again.  
Read more: One Final Serenade


Head Over Heels
Tears for Fears

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