Friday, April 1, 2022

Music History Today: April 2, 2022

April 2, 2005: Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the Top 40, at Number 32, with a medley of Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart."  

Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone  2005
Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone  
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April 2, 1961: "Daddy's Home" by Shep & the Limelites entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Daddy's Home" by Shep and the Limelites - written by the three members of the band, James "Shep" Sheppard, Clarence Bassett, and Charles Baskerville, reached No. 2 on the Billboard popular music chart in May 1961. It was kept from No.1 by "Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 2, 1966: At Number 68, The Beach Boys' "Sloop John B" started its climb up the US music chart.
Originally a traditional folk song, originating in the Bahamas, “Sloop John B” has a vast musical lineage spanning decades and many iterations, both in name and musicality.

The Beach Boys' "Sloop John B" single cover 

Beach Boys recorded their signature power-pop version on the landmark 1966 album, Pet Sounds, winking at the song’s roots and their own exploration of the island motif. 
Read more: American Songwriter

April 2, 1977: Joe Tex entered the Billboard singles chart with "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)."
After Joe Tex's 1972 hit "I Gotcha," he took a break from showbiz to travel across the country as a minister for the Nation of Islam for several years and live on his farm in Navasota. He returned to music in 1975 and a year later recorded this novelty song, which was based on a dance called "The Bump." 
Read more: Songfacts

April 2, 1983: "Gimme All Your Lovin’" by ZZ Top made its first appearance on the US Top 100 single's chart.
As their first attempt to utilize the genius of the synthesizer in music, ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin” became one of their most famous and well- known hits.

ZZ Top Eliminator 

This song was a new territory for the group with not only the introduction of the synthesizer, but was also their first video ever filmed. The infamous video featured a beatdown, young gas station attendant being tempted by beautiful women driving Billy’s Eliminator 1933 Ford Hot Rod. 
Read more: Society of Rock


Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart  
Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone

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