Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Music History Today: April 21, 2022

April 21, 1990: "Nothing Compares 2 U," by Sinéad O'Connor begins a 4 week run at Number 1 on Billboard's Hot 11 single's chart.

Sinéad O'Connor
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April 21, 1962: "Good Luck Charm" by Elvis Presley took over the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
When Elvis’s recording of Good Luck Charm was released as a single in late February 1962, it seemed destined to be just another triumph in Presley’s unending reign over the record charts.

Elvis Presley 1962
Elvis Presley 1962

The platter was Elvis’s 22nd regular single release for RCA Victor. All of the previous 21, starting with Heartbreak Hotel in 1956, had placed in the top 5 on Billboard’s Top/Hot 100 chart, and 12 of them had reached #1. 
Read more: Elvis History Blog

April 21, 1973: "Pillow Talk" by Sylvia moved into the American Top 40 chart.
"Pillow Talk," written by Sylvia along with Michael Burton, is about sex. Sylvia had originally hoped the song would be recorded by Al Green, who turned it down as he thought it was too risqué and against his religious beliefs. Thereafter, Sylvia decided to return as a musical artist and record "Pillow Talk" herself. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 21, 1979: The Bee Gees' last disco hit, "Love You Inside Out," debuted at Number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Love You Inside Out,” the Bee Gees’ final #1 single, peaked on the charts a few weeks before the Chicago Disco Demolition Night, the event that at least crystallized the long-brewing disco backlash.

Bee Gees 1979
Bee Gees 1979

 

The Bee Gees had been around before disco, and they’d proven themselves capable of putting together non-disco hits, but it didn’t matter. Presumably thanks to Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees had come to represent disco in the public imagination. 
Read more: Stereogum

April 21, 1984: Talk Talk moved to Number 40 in the US  with "It's My Life."

Talk Talk was fronted by Mark Hollis and signed to EMI in 1981. The label sent them on tour with another one of their acts, Duran Duran, and commissioned a slick video for their single "Talk Talk."

Talk Talk
Talk Talk

Hollis did the required promotion but didn't enjoy it. Musically, he was not going to be swayed by popular taste or record company pressure. For the second Talk Talk album he included "It's My Life," a manifesto of sorts where he asserts his independence. 
Read more: Songfacts

Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinéad O'Connor

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