Saturday, March 12, 2022

Music History Today: March 13, 2022

March 13, 1965: The Mary Poppins soundtrack, featuring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, became the bestselling LP on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart.
Prior to their 14-song score for Mary Poppins, songwriting brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman were best-known for the Top Ten hits "Tall Paul" by Annette Funicello and "You're Sixteen" by Johnny Burnette. Mary Poppins changed all that.
Mary Poppins LP cover
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It won the brothers Academy Awards for best original musical score and best song -- for "Chim Chim Cher-Ee" -- and the soundtrack album won them a Grammy Award for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Show, as well as winning Best Recording for Children. 
Read more: Allmusic
March 13, 1961: "Spanish Harlem" by Ben E. King entered the top 10 but get's no farther than number 10.
This was one of the first songs written by the legendary producer Phil Spector. He wrote it with Jerry Leiber, the lyricist of the famous songwriting team Leiber and Stoller. Spector learned his craft working with Leiber and Stoller, and quickly made a name for himself as a top producer. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 13, 1971: The Carpenters' had another Top 3 hit in the US when "For All We Know" topped out at Number 3.

Lovers and Other Strangers movie poster
"For All We Know" was the love theme from the 1970 film Lovers and Other Strangers, in which a couple who live together get married and they are the only 2 people who are happy about their marriage (all the other people in their lives are having marital or pre-marital troubles); it is played during the scene where they tie the knot. The Carpenters' success with this song helped it win the 1970 Oscar for Best Song. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 13, 1993:  "What You Won't Do for Love," covered by Go West, entered Billboard's Hot 100.
"What You Won't Do for Love" by American singer-songwriter Bobby Caldwell released in September 1978 as the lead single from his eponymous debut album. English pop duo Go West recorded a version on their 1992 album Indian Summer that was released as a single. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 13, 1999: Everlast's "What It's Like" became his first entry as a solo artist into the American Top 40 chart. 
"What It's Like" by Everlast is typical of the style he embraced after leaving hip hop trio House of Pain: a combination of rock, hip-hop and blues incorporating characterization and empathy towards impoverished protagonists.


The song went to number one on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart for one week and number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for nine weeks. It also peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Mary Poppins
Chim Chim Cher-Ee

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