Monday, April 11, 2022

Music History Today: April 12, 2022

April 12, 1997: Paula Cole debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at Number 17 with "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" 

“Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” became Paula Cole’s highest-charting hit in the United States.

Paula Cole 
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It reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” appeared on Cole’s sophomore album, This Fire. This Fire reached No. 20 on the Billboard 200, remaining on the chart for 77 weeks. 
Read more: Cheat Sheet

April 12, 1958: The Platters took over at the top of the American music chart with "Twilight Time." 

The  lyrics for "Twilight Time" were penned Buck Ram (The Platters were originally named "The Buck Ram Platters") and the music scored by The Three Suns (Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, and Artie Dunn). The Three Suns also originally recorded the song, which hit for them in 1944 at #8. The Platters' version pushed on to even greater fame. 
Read more: Songfacts

April 12, 1975: "Once You Get Started" peaked at Number 10 in the US for Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan.

"Once You Get Started" is a horn-driven funk number written by musician Gavin Christopher, and recorded and released by the band Rufus featuring Chaka Khan in late 1974. The song is led mostly by Khan, though fellow group member Tony Maiden contributed lead vocals for the song's second verse. It helped to make their third album Rufusized go platinum. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 12, 1980: The J. Geils Band made a big move, from Number 83 to 40, on the American music chart with "Love Stinks."

Love Stinks is the ninth studio album by American rock band The J. Geils Band. The album was released on January 28, 1980, by EMI Records.

J. Geils Band Love Stinks album cover

The title song, “Love Stinks” is a rant against unrequited love. It has been covered by industrial metal band Bile, by Andru Branch in the film Love Stinks, Joan Jett in the film Mr. Wrong and Adam Sandler in the film The Wedding Singer. 
Read more: Return of Rock

April 12, 1986: INXS peaked at Number 5 on the American Top 10 with "What You Need."

"What You Need" was INXS' first big American hit. Michael Hutchence wrote the track with Andrew Farriss.

Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence

The song has all the group's hallmarks: a big, catchy guitar riff; a prominent saxophone part; and an inspirational vocal from Hutchence. The instrumental crash before the song starts up made it a great opener to the album Listen Like Thieves, the band's fifth. 
Read more: Songfacts 

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
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