Friday, April 29, 2022

Music History Today: April 30, 2022

April 30, 2005:  A live cover of "Under Pressure" by The Used & My Chemical Romance, from a benefit concert for victims of the 2004 Tsunami, debuted at Number 54 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The Used & My Chemical Romance
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April 30, 1961:  The Shirelles made a big move in their second week on Billboard's Hot 100, from 78 to 42, with "Mama Said."
"Mama Said" by the Shirelles went #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. It was the inspiration for "Days Like This" by Van Morrison. Billboard named the song #44 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time. 
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April 30, 1977: The American heavy metal band from New Jersey Starz made their only appearance on the American Top 40 chart with "Cherry Baby."
Starz formed out of the ashes of the early 1970s pop music band Looking Glass, which had the No. 1 hit single "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" in the summer of 1972. Their first major hit single, "Cherry Baby", in the spring of 1977 came from their second album, Violation, produced by Jack Douglas of Aerosmith fame. 
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April 30, 1983: Prince had his first single in the  American Top when "Little Red Corvette" moved from 12-10. 
“Little Red Corvette” uses the metaphor of a red Corvette for how fast this woman leaves men after she has slept with them, and urges her to slow down.

Prince "Little Red Corvette" single cover

"Move over, baby, gimme the keys / I’m gonna try and tame your little red love machine.” The song provided a fresh and new outlook on gender perceptions and roles at the time – associating a more male personality with a female one. 
Read more: Story of Song

April 30, 1994: Beck peaked at Number 10 On Billboard's single's chart with "Loser." 
In the early 1990s Beck Hansen and co-writer Carl Stephenson spent a few hours recording a song called “Loser,” which fledgling label Bong Load Custom Records pressed 500 copies of.

Beck 1994
Beck 1994

It surprisingly made some noise on FM radio in L.A., and Beck was signed to Geffen imprint DGC, which re-released “Loser” in 1994 and included the song on Beck’s album Mellow Gold. 
Read more: American Songwriter

Under Pressure
The Used & My Chemical Romance

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