Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Music History Today: March 29, 2022

March 29, 1975: Queen had a hit in the US when "Killer Queen" moved to Number 40 on the American music chart. 

"Killer Queen" was the first single from the band’s third album Sheer Heart Attack.

Sheer Heart Attack album  photo-shoot
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It would give Queen their first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No.12. UK audiences loved it, taking “Killer Queen” all the way to No.2 by mid-November, where it stayed for two weeks. Only the David Essex bestseller “Gonna Make You A Star” prevented Queen from achieving their first UK No.1. 
Read more: U Discover Music

March 29, 1969: The Zombies peak at Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Time Of The Season."

Hindsight quite often works with 20/20 clarity, and the legacy of The Zombies certainly falls into that category.
The Zombies 1964
The Zombies 1964
The British band never reaped the initial rewards of their greatness and were split up by the time that ‘Time of the Season’ became a hit. 
Read more: Farout Magazine UK

March 29, 1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded the single "Gimme Three Steps."

“Three Steps” is actually based on a true story. Ronnie Van Zant, lead singer – was only about 18 and had been using a fake ID to get into bars. One day he wondered into a bar called “The Little Brown Jug."

Lynyrd Skynyrd 1973
Lynyrd Skynyrd 1973

Apparently Van Zant danced with a girl named Linda, whose boyfriend saw and was not happy about it. After approaching Ronnie he reached for what Van Zant assumed was a gun, and told him, “If you’re going to shoot me it’s going to be in the ass or the elbows… just gimme a few steps and I’ll be gone.” 

Read more: Society of Rock

March 29, 1980: The Spinners peaked at Number 2 on Billboard's single's chart with their medley of "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl." 

"Working My Way Back to You," was originally recorded by The Four Seasons in 1966, reaching No. 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The Spinners medley of "Working My Way Back to You" and Michael Zager's "Forgive Me Girl" peaked at the No. 2 position behind "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd. 
Read more: Wikipedia

March 29, 1997: In her first week, Sheryl Crow entered the American single's chart well within the Top 20, at Number 13, with "Everyday is a Winding Road." 

Sheryl Crow had just released her debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, in 1993, then landed a tour with Crowded House on the Australian rockers’ Together Alone Tour, supporting their fourth album a year later.

Sheryl Crow self-titled album cover 

Throughout the course of the U.S. leg of the tour, Crow became good friends with the band, including Crowded front-man Neil Finn, who would end up singing backing vocals on “Everyday is a Winding Road,” which would later appear on her second album in 1996. 
Read more: American Songwriter

Killer Queen

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