Saturday, March 19, 2022

Music History Today: March 20, 2022

March 20, 2010: The highest entry on Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 21, was Justin Bieber's "Never Let You Go."

"Never Let You Go" debuted and peaked at number twenty-one in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Justin Bieber 2010
Justin Bieber 2010

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It was listed on the chart for two weeks before dropping off. The song, like previous digital-only singles of Bieber's, had limited stays on the charts, and holds the record for the second all-time biggest week-to-week descent in Hot 100 history, behind Justin Timberlake's cover of "Hallelujah" and the Jonas Brothers' "Pushin' Me Away". 
Read more: Wikipedia
March 20, 1965: Gerry & the Pacemakers peaked at Number 6 in the US with "Ferry Cross the Mersey."

"Ferry Cross the Mersey" was written by Gerry Marsden and first recorded by his band Gerry and the Pacemakers.

"Ferry Cross the Mersey" movie poster

The song is from the film of the same name and was released on its soundtrack album. In the mid-1990s, a musical theatre production, also titled Ferry Cross the Mersey, related Gerry Marsden's Merseybeat days.
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March 20, 1971: Harry Nilsson began his run-up on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "Me and My Arrow."

Harry Nilsson wrote "Me And My Arrow" as part of his whimsical fable The Point!, the story of a unique boy named Oblio, who is the only person with a round head in his Pointed Village, and his trusty dog, Arrow. The Point! was made into a TV movie in 1971.
The Point! TV movie 1971
The Point! TV movie 1971

Mike Lookinland, better known as Bobby Brady from The Brady Bunch, voiced Oblio. In the original film, Dustin Hoffman voiced the part of the narrator/father. Hoffman starred in the acclaimed film Midnight Cowboy, which featured Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." 
Read more: Songfacts 

March 20, 1982:  "The Other Woman" by Ray Parker, Jr. first appeared in Billboard's singles chart.

After three prosperous albums with Raydio, Parker branches out on his own with a successful debut solo release. Not forsaking the sound that spawned a string of hits with Raydio, Parker chalks up two Billboard R&B Top Ten singles, the first being "The Other Woman." With its midtempo rhythm and striking electric guitar, it crested at the number two position for four consecutive weeks. 
Read more: Allmusic

March 20, 2004: Josh Groban entered Billboard's singles chart with "You Raise Me Up."

Groban’s ‘You Raise Me Up’ was a cover of the original by Rolf Løvland, a Norwegian composer. 

Josh Groban
Josh Groban

His version was performed by the duo he formed one half of, Secret Garden. The two wouldn’t see much commercial success with the original release of the song, but it did spark off an endless amount of covers and remixes by artists from every genre and style imaginable. 
Read more: Celeb Answers

Never Let You Go
Justin Bieber

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