Sunday, March 27, 2022

Music History Today: March 28, 2022

March 28, 1992: Annie Lennox released the single "Why" from her debut solo album, Diva.

"Why" is the first solo single of Scottish singer Annie Lennox, taken from her debut solo album, Diva (1992).

Annie Lennox' debut solo album, Diva
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It reached number five in the United Kingdom and number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. It was also a big hit internationally, reaching number one in Italy and peaking within the Top 10 in Belgium, Canada, Ireland and five other countries.  
Read more: Wikipedia

March 28, 1956:  The Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group made a big move into the American Top 40, from 50 to 26, with "Rock Island Line."

"Rock Island Line" was a 'work song immortalized by Huddie 'Lead Belly' Leadbetter, the blues and folk legend, in 1937. The song details the route of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad which ran from 1847 to 1980. Recorded at a fiercer tempo in 1954 by Lonnie Donegan, it came to epitomize the start of what was known as 'Skiffle.' 
Read more: BBC Radio 2

March 28, 1970: "Long Lonesome Highway" by Michael Parks entered the US Top 40 chart.

Michael Parks starred in the series Then Came Bronson (1969), in which he was the only recurring character.

Then Came Bronson TV show poster

He sang the theme song for the show, "Long Lonesome Highway", which became a #20 Billboard Hot 100 and #41 Hot Country Songs hit. 
Read more: IMDB

March 28, 1981: John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" began climbing up the US music chart.

From the very beginning, John Lennon worked furiously: he formed The Beatles in the early ‘60s, toured with them up until 1966, and even after then he recorded albums with and without them right up until 1973.

John Lennon
John Lennon

When Lennon decided to retreat from his vigorous music routine, people felt somewhat betrayed. The media, especially, felt hurt and therefore took it as an opportunity to attack Lennon, as they had so many times before. ‘Watching The Wheels’ was a letter to the world about how Lennon was ok just simply existing.  
Read more: Farout Magazine

March 28, 1998: The Verve rocketed into Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart, debuting at Number 13 with "Bitter Sweet Symphony."

One of rock music's most famous injustices has finally been resolved. For the last 22 years, The Verve haven't made a penny from Bitter Sweet Symphony, after forfeiting the royalties to The Rolling Stones.

The Verve's Richard Ashcroft
Richard Ashcroft

The song was embroiled in a legal battle shortly after its release, as it samples an orchestral version of The Stones' song The Last Time. As a result, writer Richard Ashcroft had to sign over his rights to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - until now. 

Read more: BBC

Annie Lennox

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