Thursday, February 3, 2022

Music History Today: February 4, 2022

February 4, 2007: Prince wows at the Super Bowl halftime show, closing with an otherworldly rendition of "Purple Rain" in the rain.

Prince Super Bowl halftime show 2007
Prince Super Bowl halftime show 2007
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February 4, 1967: The 5th Dimension enter the American Top 40 chart with "Go Where You Wanna Go."
"Go Where You Wanna Go" was written by John Phillips, originally recorded by The Mamas & the Papa, and had a limited release as a single. However, the record was withdrawn, and its A-side was reassigned to "California Dreamin'." It was later made into a hit by The 5th Dimension. 
Read more: Wikipedia

February 4, 1974: Pink Floyd released the single "Us and Them."
From 1973’s Dark Side Of The Moon, “Us and Them” was the A-side for the classic, “Time“. The track was noticeably a lot more mellower in comparison to Pink Floyd’s other creations.

Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon art

A prominently jazz-infused track, it was originally intended to be part of the soundtrack of the movie Zabriskie Point, though it never made it due to the director deeming it “beautiful, but too sad… it makes me think of church.”  
Read more: I Love Classic Rock

February 4, 1978: Queen reached Number 4 on the US music chart with "We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You."
The rhythm is irresistible: stomp, stomp, clap, stomp, stomp clap. The chorus is a call to arms for anyone who has ever been beaten up, pushed down or disregarded. 

Freddie Mercury & Brian May 1978
Freddie Mercury &
Brian May 1978

When Queen‘s double A-side single “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” dropped on Oct. 7, 1977, the two songs represented one of the strangest chart bids ever, even for a band best known for baroque, operatic rock with a theatrical flair.  
Read more: Billboard

February 4, 2012: Adele becomes the first female British artist to have three Number 1 songs from the same album top the Billboard Hot 100 chart when "Set Fire to the Rain" hits the top spot, following "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You" from the album 21.

Super Bowl

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