Friday, February 4, 2022

Music History Today: February 5, 2022

February 5. 1983: Joe Jackson entered the American Top 40 chart with "Breaking Us in Two."

"Breaking Us in Two" by British musician Joe Jackson was the third of three charting singles from his 1982 LP, Night and Day.

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The single was released in the UK on 13 August 1982 and began to get radio airplay in late 1982 and early 1983, especially in the US where the music video was in medium rotation on MTV in early February. By mid-March it had become a hit in the US, reaching number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

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February 5, 1961: Etta James made a big move on the US Pop chart, from Number 64 to 49, with "At Last."

"At Last" is a song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Sun Valley Serenade (1941). G

Etta James album cover

Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded the tune several times, with a 1942 version reaching number two on the US Billboard pop music chart. The song became Etta James's signature song and was the third in a string of successful songs from her Argo Records debut album. 
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February 5. 1966: The Strangeloves entered the American Top 40 chart with "Night Time."

"Night Time" by the Strangeloves was written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer, and is a track from their I Want Candy LP. The song reached No. 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 21 on the Cash Box Top 100. It did not chart internationally except briefly in Australia. 
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February 5. 1972:  "Sweet Seasons" by Carole King entered the American Top 40 chart. 

Several musicians have been reaching out to their fans and helping ease their anxiety all thanks to the internet and social media. For Carole King, her at-home performances are nothing short of magical. She previously shared two classics “So Far Away” and “Now and Forever.” For her third video, she sings the chorus to “Sweet Seasons” from her 1971 album “Music.” 
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February 5. 1977: Kansas has their first Top 40 hit in the US with "Carry on Wayward Son."

“Carry on Wayward Son” mixed guitar-hero thrust with an ambitious arrangement and singalong chorus anyone who’s heard it once can recall forever. After it was recorded and released, the track would change everything for Kansas. The accomplished, 1976 album it opened, “Leftoverture,” would sell more than 6 million albums and lead to future hits like introspective acoustic cut "Dust in the Wind." 
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