Friday, March 11, 2022

Music History Today: March 12, 2022

March 12, 1988: David Lee Roth peaked at Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Just Like Paradise."

One of 1988's more hotly anticipated rock records, 'Skyscraper' came as something of a shock when they discovered that Roth had a more keyboard-heavy sound that incorporated emerging pop trends.

David Lee Roth 1988
David Lee Roth
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Although this approach paid immediate dividends when the album's first single, 'Just Like Paradise,' broke the Top 10, Roth's approach for 'Skyscraper' proved immediately divisive. 
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March 12, 1940: Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B), Al Jarreau was a virtuoso performer who balanced smooth lyricism with his own innovative brand of vocalese.

Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau

Initially emerging in the late '60s, Jarreau drew audiences with his dynamic blend of jazz balladry and vocalese. By the '70s, he had caught the industry's attention and delivered a series of highly acclaimed crossover albums. 
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March 12, 1967: The Velvet Underground & Nico released their self-titled album.

One would be hard-pressed to name a rock album whose influence has been as broad and pervasive as The Velvet Underground & Nico.

The Velvet Underground & Nico self-titled album cover

While it reportedly took over a decade for the album's sales to crack six figures, glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise, and nearly every other left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt to this set. 
Read more: Allmusic

March 12, 1966: The Bobby Fuller Four made it to Number 9 in the US with "I Fought the Law." 

"I Fought the Law" was written in 1958 by Sonny Curtis, and recorded in 1959 when he joined the Crickets, taking the place of the late Buddy Holly on guitar.
The Bobby Fuller Four
The Bobby Fuller Four
After enjoying regional success in Texas, Bobby Fuller and his band decided to switch to a major label and became known as The Bobby Fuller Four. While producing minor hits, the band broke the national top ten when they re-recorded "I Fought the Law." 
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March 12, 1994: "So Much in Love" by All-4-One topped out at Number 5 on the American Top 10 chart.

If you’ve ever been in love, then you’ve heard the name All-4-One and their timeless songs. The Grammy Award Winning group All-4-One is internationally known for making beautiful love songs that not only chart radio airwaves but also garner countless awards. All-4-One’s very first single “So Much In Love“, scaled to RIAA Gold Sales and top 5 pop status. 
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Just Like Paradise
David Lee Roth

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