Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Music History Today: April 13, 2022

April 13, 1996: "Just a Girl" by No Doubt moved into the American Top 40 chart.  
 “Just a Girl” was also the first song Stefani wrote for No Doubt after her brother, who was the key songwriter, left the band in 1994.

No Doubt
No Doubt 

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“I was in this all-guy band and all my friends were guys,” said Stefani. “I just had this point of view and I wanted to play on that. I thought it was really appropriate and really real to who I was.” 
Read more: American Songwriter
April 13, 1968: Manfred Mann peaked at Number 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)."
Bob Dylan first recorded "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" in 1967 during the Basement Tapes sessions, but did not release a version for another three years.

Manfred Mann
Manfred Mann

 Meanwhile, the song was picked up in December 1967 by the British band Manfred Mann, who released it in early 1968 under the title "Mighty Quinn." 

Read more: Wikipedia

April 13, 1973: The Wailers, led by Bob Marley, release their fifth studio album, Catch a Fire.
(Stir It Up)
Catch a Fire was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973.

Bob Marley and the Wailers album, Catch a Fire

Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics. 
Read more: Allmusic
April 13, 1985: Billy Ocean's "Suddenly" moved into the American Top list.
"Suddenly" is the title track to Billy Ocean's 1984 breakthrough album. Released as the third single from the album (following the success of "Caribbean Queen" and "Loverboy"), the ballad became the album's most successful single in the UK, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart in mid-1985. The song also reached the same chart peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 13, 2002: "Soak Up the Sun" by Sheryl Crow entered, at Number 73, Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart.
Working with longtime collaborator and co-writer Jeff Trott, Sheryl Crow started writing “Soak Up the Sun” prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, after the pair flew to New York City from Portland, Oregon. Noticing the changing seasons and longing for summer, Crow, who was also recovering from surgery, initially just wanted to write a song that would cheer her up. 

Just a Girl
No Doubt


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