Thursday, March 3, 2022

Music History Today: March 4, 2022

March 4, 2006: Willie Nelson entered almost halfway up the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, at Number 52, with "Cowboys are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other)."

Willie Nelson is truly an open-minded artist when he decided to cover a song that is not usually favored by the country crowd.

Willie Nelson
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Back in 2006, Nelson decided to cover a famous gay cowboy song titled “Cowboys are Secretly Frequently Fond of Each Other,” originally performed by Ned Sublette. 
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March 4, 1972: Scott English debuted at Number 100 on Billboard's single chart with Brandy.

Singer Barry Manilow's hit-studded career begins with a girl: Brandy. Wait, isn't it Mandy? Well, sure, she became Mandy, but she was Brandy first. The chart-topping single, which was released in 1974 and reached the summit on January 18, 1975, wasn't written by the "I Write The Songs" singer. (He didn't write that one, either). 
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March 4,  1978: The Michael Zager Band debuted on the American Top 100chart with  the disco tune, "Let's All Chant." 

"Let's All Chant" was based on an idea originally suggested by former head of A&R Jerry Love after he visited clubs in New York and saw people endlessly chanting "Ooh-ah, Ooh-ah". Although Zager was first embarrassed when Love asked him to write a song using these chants, he accepted the proposal and later co-wrote "Let's All Chant" with Fields. 
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March 4, 1989: "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians peaked at Number 7 in the US.

To the younger Americana audience, Edie Brickell is most recognized as Steve Martin’s duo partner, and to others she may be best known as the wife of Songwriters Hall of Fame icon Paul Simon.

Edie Brickell
Edie Brickell

 But before she was either of those, she fronted Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, whose breakout (and pretty much only) hit, “What I Am,” took Top 40 radio in a different direction in 1989. 

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March 4, 1995: "You Got It" by Bonnie Raitt entered the American Top 40 chart. 

"You Got It" is from Roy Orbison's album, Mystery Girl. The song was released posthumously on January 3, 1989, after Orbison's heart attack on December 6, 1988.

Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt

Although it is an Orbison solo single, Orbison's fellow Traveling Wilburys bandmates, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, co-wrote the song and played instruments on the record. The song became a hit again in 1995 for Bonnie Raitt, who recorded a version for the soundtrack of the film Boys on the Side.  
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Cowboys are Frequently Secretly
(Fond of Each Other)
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