Thursday, March 10, 2022

Music History Today: March 11, 2022

March 11, 1989: Guns N’ Roses topped out at Number 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with "Paradise City."
Most of the songs on Guns N' Roses' groundbreaking debut album Appetite for Destruction take a dark, despairing look at the dangerous underside of life. 

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And none of the songs, going against the mid-'80s trend of using synthesizers in hard-rock songs to make them for accessible for pop-conditioned ears, features much more than the basic guitars/bass/drums/vocals setup that had been in place for rock 'n' roll records since the '60s. "Paradise City" was the exception to both. Sorta. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock
March 11, 1967: The Four Tops had a new song entering Billboard's Hot 100 chart, at Number 65, with "Bernadette." 
It was a magical combination. The songwriting team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, passing their polished gems off to the Four Tops, led by Levi Stubbs’ blustery battering ram of a voice, sweetly contrasted by the smoothness of Duke Fakir, Obie Benson and Lawrence Payton. When both songwriters and group were at the top of their game, as on the searing yet romantic 1967 hit “Bernadette.” 
Read more: American Songwriter


March 11, 1972: The Stylistics knew they had another hit when "Betcha By Golly, Wow" entered at 34, on it's way to Number 3, the American Top 40 chart.
"Keep Growing Strong" was originally recorded by Connie Stevens in 1970. The composition later became a hit when it was released by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics in 1972 under its better known title, "Betcha By Golly, Wow". sold over one million copies globally, earning the band a gold disc. It was their second one. 
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March 11, 1978: Van Halen had their first American Top 40 hit when their  cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" entered that chart at Number 38. It would peak at Number 36.
A young California band took the Kinks' 1964 groundbreaking song, "You Really Got Me," and somehow made it their own.

Van Halen debut album cover

On Jan. 28, 1978, Van Halen released their cover of the Ray Davies-penned track as a single. Their debut album arrived a few weeks later. 
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March 11, 1995:  Rednex had a crossover hit when "Cotton Eye Joe" entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart. 
“Cotton-Eyed Joe” originated with black slaves well before the Civil War. Regardless of where exactly the song was born, it spread quickly throughout the South, becoming a square-dance favorite. An 1875 issue of The Saturday Evening Post contains a story referencing the song, and in 1884, The Firemen’s Magazine dubbed the tune “an old, familiar air.” 
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