Saturday, March 26, 2022

Music History Today: March 27, 2022

March 27, 1993:  "The Crying Game" by Boy George moved into the American Top 40, from 42 to 27, its third week on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart.

"The Crying Game" was first released by English rock singer Dave Berry in July 1964.

The Crying Game movie poster
 English singer Boy George covered and released "The Crying Game" in 1992, and both this version and the original Dave Berry recordings were used as the theme to the 1992 Neil Jordan movie The Crying Game. George's version of the song was produced by the Pet Shop Boys. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 27, 1952: The musical comedy film, Singin' in the Rain, was released at the Radio City Music Hall.

Singin' in the Rain is one of the most-loved and celebrated film musicals of all time from MGM, before a mass exodus to filmed adaptations of Broadway plays emerged as a standard pattern.

Singin' in the Rain movie poster

It was made directly for film, and was not a Broadway adaptation. The joyous film, co-directed by Stanley Donen and acrobatic dancer-star-choreographer Gene Kelly, is a charming, up-beat, graceful and thoroughly enjoyable experience with great songs, lots of flashbacks, and wonderful dances. 
Read more: Film Site 

March 27, 1965: Shirley Bassey peaked at Number 8 in the American Top 10 with the James Bond track "Goldfinger." 

Of all the James Bond films, "Goldfinger" (1964) is the best, and can stand as a surrogate for the others.

James Bond "Goldfinger" movie poster

If it is not a great film, it is a great entertainment, and contains all the elements of the Bond formula that would work again and again. It's also interesting as the link between the more modest first two Bonds and the later big-budget extravaganzas. 
Read more: Roger Ebert

March 27, 1971: George Harrison topped out at Number 10 in the US with "What is Life."

Recorded between May and October 1970, George Harrison’s “What Is Life” became the second single to be released from All Things Must Pass.

George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album cover

It entered the US Hot 100 on February 27, 1971, and went on to become George’s second Top 10 hit in America. In the UK, “What Is Life” was issued as the B-side of “My Sweet Lord.” 
Read more: U Discover Music

March 27, 2004: Five for Fighting entered the American Top 40 with Top "100 Years."

John Ondrasik, aka Five for Fighting, released his hit song, “100 Years,” on November 24th, 2003. The track, which followed the artist’s 2001 mega hit, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” solidified Five for Fighting in the American cannon. The tune, which follows the course of a life from birth to old age, hit number-28 on the Billboard charts and has since earned U.S. platinum-status. 
Read more: American Songwriter

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