Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Music History Today: March 2, 2022

March 2, 2013: When Billboard changed its chart criteria to include YouTube data, “Harlem Shake” went straight to Number One on the Hot 100 chart.
A little-known Brooklyn DJ named Baauer released an EDM track called “Harlem Shake” on a free website without much fanfare. 

Brooklyn DJ Baauer “Harlem Shake”

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It become the latest Psy-level mass phenomenon: Skydivers, underwater stormtroopers, newscasters, Power Rangers, rapper Fat Joe, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and more than 100,000 others posted clips of themselves performing a wacky, spastic dance to Baauer’s beat.  
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March 2, 1959: Buddy Holly made a big move the second week on the American music charts, from Number 82 to 45, with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." 
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was issued in January 1959, less than a month before Holly's death. It reached number 13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1959, shortly after Holly was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with "Raining in My Heart". 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 2, 1973: The Electric Light Orchestra released the album ELO 2 containing a cover of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven."
Cut during the fall of 1972, Electric Light Orchestra II was where Jeff Lynne started rebuilding the sound of Electric Light Orchestra following the departure of Roy Wood from the original lineup.

Electric Light Orchestra II (ELO 2) album cover

It was as personal an effort as Lynne had ever made in music, showcasing his work as singer, songwriter, guitarist, sometime synthesizer player, and producer, and it is more focused than its predecessor but also retains some of the earlier album's lean textures. 
Read more: Allmusic


March 2, 1974: Albert Hammond's "I’m a Train" started it's trek up Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
"I'm a Train" was originally recorded in French, in 1967, by Les Troubadours as "La chaîne". The first English version was recorded in 1968 by a UK group called Colors of Love, which included singer Elaine Paige. Hammond's version was the first one to chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 2, 1978: "Because the Night" by the Patti Smith Group was released from their album Easter.
“Because The Night” is the only song that Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen ever wrote together.

Patti Smith Group album cover Easter

It was her first hit, from her 1978 album Easter. Jimmy Iovine, who produced Patti’s album, also produced landmark albums for Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. In the same exact way he encouraged Tom Petty to write a song for Stevie Nicks they could do as a duet (“Stop Dragging My Heart Around”), he encouraged Bruce to write a song for Patti. 
Read more: American Songwriter

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