Friday, April 22, 2022

Music History Today: April 23, 2022

April 23, 2002: Kenny Chesney released No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, which became his first Number 1 US Country album.

Kenny Chesney has a voice that'd be perfect for hard country, but he just doesn't have his heart in it.

Kenny Chesney No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album cover
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He likes the sweet melodies and smooth production that come with crossover country-pop, and while that may have been a frustration at one point, at least for those who consider pure country as the only guideline for quality in country, by his sixth album, 2002's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, he's landed upon an effortless blend of pop and twang. 
Read more: Allmusic

April 23, 1966: Petula Clark peaked at Number 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with "A Sign of the Times."

"Sign of the Times" by Petula Clark peaked at #2 on Billboard's "Easy Listening" survey. It was the follow-up to her #1 US hit "My Love." 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 23, 1977: Marvin Gaye moved into the American Top 40 chart with "Got to Give It Up (Part 1)."

When Marvin Gaye recorded "Got To Give It Up," he was joining the club -- the club of disco bandwagon-jumpers. Disco was so huge in the late '70s that labels, and many artists, wanted that big-selling disco hit.  Marvin Gaye set out to make a song that would be a parody of disco, or disco taken to its absurd conclusion. He ended up creating a chart-topping single that is one of the greatest disco tunes of all time. 
Read more: Groove History

April 23, 1988: Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" started its climb up the US Top 100 singles chart.

“Pour Some Sugar on Me” comes from the band’s 1987 album Hysteria. As iconic as the song became, it was written completely on accident.

Def Leppard 1988
Def Leppard 1988

Lead singer Joe Elliot said the lyrics for the chorus came to him during a break from recording another track on Hysteria. The singer went to the control room to fiddle around on his guitar and producer Robert Lange walked into the room and said, “What was that you were playing? Play it again.”  
Read more: American Songwriter

April 23, 1994: All-4-One entered the Billboard Hot 100 with a cover of "I Swear."

"I Swear" was originally a country hit for John Michael Montgomery, topping the Country chart for four weeks in February 1994 and also reaching #42 on the Hot 100. All-4-One turned it into an R&B song with a group vocal, taking it to the top of the Hot 100 in May 1994, where it stayed for a staggering 11 weeks. 
Read more: Songfacts

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
Kenny Chesney

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