Sunday, April 10, 2022

Music History Today: April 10, 2022

April 10, 1982: The Human League moved into the American Top 40 with "Don't You Want Me."
Don’t You Want Me was to crown the breakout year for electronic pop music – Soft Cell had hit the top of the charts in the same year as the Human League, but Tainted Love had the sneaky advantage of being a cover.

The Human League
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Depeche Mode were bubbling up in Basildon, OMD had released the arch yet sumptuous Architecture and Morality, but with 2m record sales, the 1981 Christmas No 1 under its belt, and a US No 1 to boot, Don’t You Want Me is arguably the first synth-pop smash hit. 
Read more: Guardian
April 10, 1965: Freddie and the Dreamers took over the highest spot on the  American Top 10 music chart with "I’m Telling You Now."
"I'm Telling You Now" was written by the hit songwriter Mitch Murray and Dreamers' front-man Freddie Garrity. Mitch Murray wrote hits for a number of British groups during the '60s, most notably Gerry & The Pacemakers, Georgie Fame, and Manfred Mann. This was their only #1 hit on the US charts, although they appeared on the Top 40 in the US a few more times. 
Read more: Songfacts

April 10, 1971: "Treat Her Like a Lady" by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose debuted on the US music chart.  
"Treat Her Like a Lady" by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose was a big success in the American R&B and pop charts reaching the U.S. R&B Top 20 and the Billboard Hot 100 No. 3 in July. Billboard ranked "Treat Her Like a Lady" as the No. 15 song for 1971. The record was awarded a gold disc on 2 August 1971 for one million sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 10, 1982: "Hang Fire" by The Rolling Stones moved into the American Top 40 chart. 
So much of the immediate praise surrounding the Rolling Stones' hodge-podge Tattoo You album was colored by the era.

Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones

Same with "Hang Fire." The band was, quite frankly, lost both personally and musically. So the arrival of an album of rock songs – not disco, not Chuck Berry knockoffs, not reggae, just rock – felt like a thunderbolt out of the blue. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

April 10, 1999: Joey McIntyre's "Stay the Same" topped out at Number 10 on the US music chart.
With record companies scrambling to find clear-skinned, smiling adolescents, why not look back ten years to the last teen pop trend and see if any of them can be repackaged?

Joey McIntyre
Joey McIntyre

Enter Joey McIntyre (not to mention Jordan Knight), formerly of the New Kids on the Block, who, for those of you too young to remember 1989, were the Backstreet Boys of their time. 
Read more: Allmusic

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