Friday, March 25, 2022

Music History Today: March 26, 2022

March 26, 1990: At the 62nd Academy Awards ceremony, two tracks from Disney's The Little Mermaid were nominated for Best Original Song: "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl." 

Little Mermaid "Kiss the Girl"
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March 26, 1961: Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra enter the Billboard chart with the "(Theme From) My Three Sons." 

One of TV's most durable and wholesome sitcoms is about widower Steve Douglas and his boys, who shared a house with their maternal grandfather, and later, their crotchety uncle. The series was originally scheduled to be a vehicle for the Lennon Sisters of 'Lawrence Welk Show' fame. Characters came and went, but this was an endearing, highly rated series throughout its 1960-72 run. 
Read more: TV Guide


March 26, 1964: The original Broadway production of Funny Girl opened at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Who wouldn't want to resurrect Fanny Brice? She was a wonderful entertainer. 

Since Fanny herself cannot be brought back, the next best thing is to get Barbra Streisand to sing and strut and go through comic routines à la Brice. Miss Streisand is well on her way to becoming a splendid entertainer in her own right, and in "Funny Girl" she goes as far as any performer can toward recalling the laughter and joy that were Fanny Brice. 
Read more: New York Times

March 26, 1977: The Climax Blues Band entered the American Top 40 with "Couldn't Get it Right."

"Couldn't Get It Right" by the Climax Blues Band was written after the band's label told them that their 1976 album Gold Plated lacked a standout track and asked them to "try and write a hit".
Climax Blues Band
Climax Blues Band

The band at the time had released eight albums and although that had translated into fame, they did not have a great impact on the charts. Copeland suggested a cover version of an Elvis Presley song; this suggestion was ignored, and instead the band came up with an original composition "from absolutely nowhere". 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 26, 1988: Def Leppard's "Hysteria" peaked at Number 10 in the US.

The 1987 Def Leppard album Hysteria took three years to complete amid issues including a failed attempt to work with Jim Steinman and the car crash that left drummer Rick Allen with one arm. But when the album was finally released after the band’s reunion with producer Mutt Lange, it fulfilled all their ambitions and more. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

Kiss the Girl
The Little Mermaid

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