Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Music History Today: April 14, 2022

April 14, 2001: A cover of "Lady Marmalade" from the movie Moulin Rouge, by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink, entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Movie poster Moulin Rouge

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April 14, 1973: "Danny's Song" by Anne Murray peaked at Number 7 in the US.

In 1973, Anne Murray’s “Danny’s Song” became one of the most successful hits for the Canadian country-pop star. The song made it to the Top 10 on three of the biggest Billboard Charts.

 
Anne Murray
Anne Murray
 In addition to peaking at No. 10 on the country chart, it also reached No. 7 on the pop chart while reaching No. 1 on the easy listening chart. It was also critically acclaimed – earning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance nomination during the 1974 Grammy Awards. 

Read more: Country Thang Daily

April 14 , 1979: Frank Zappa made a rare appearance on Billboard's Hot 100 when "Dancin' Fool" enters that chart.  

"Dancin' Fool" was the first single released from the Frank Zappa's album Sheik Yerbouti. It mocks the disco culture of the 1970s. Zappa is singing he cannot help but dance, despite how awful he is at it.

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa

"Dancin' Fool" charted at 45 on the U.S. charts, making it Zappa's 2nd highest charting single, behind his 1982 song, "Valley Girl". The song was nominated for the Grammy award for "Best Male Vocal", but did not win. 
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April 14, 1984: Van Halen enters the US music chart more than halfway to the top, at Number 44, with "I’ll Wait."

Van Halen’s 1984 was the hard rockers’ sixth album, and remains tied with their self-titled debut as their top seller.

Van Halen’s 1984 album cover

Powered by hit singles ‘Jump,’ ‘Panama,’ and ‘Hot For Teacher,’ the record sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. and spent five weeks at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, kept from the top spot by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
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April 14, 1990: Madonna's "Vogue" enters high, at Number 39, on the US Top 100 singles chart.

Drag balls existed in the United States for a full century before “Vogue.” Langston Hughes, for instance, wrote about attending a Harlem drag ball in the ’20s.

Madonna "Vogue"
Madonna

The vogue, as a dance, emerged from that world during a particularly fraught moment. Voguing emerged in Black and Latinx gay and trans clubs in the ’80s, as AIDS decimated those communities. 
Read more: Stereogum

Lady Marmalade
Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim,
Mya & Pink

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