Monday, May 9, 2022

Music History Today: May 10, 2022

May 10, 1980:  "Run Like Hell," a Pink Floyd single from their Wall album, debuts at Number 80 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Producer Bob Ezrin, known for his work with Alice Cooper, convinced the band to use a disco beat on this song.
Pink Floyd the Wall art

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Even though dance music was not what Pink Floyd was about, they got a good, catchy sound by putting a beat to this. This was one of the last songs Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour wrote together.  
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May 10, 1969: The Cowsills version of "Hair" made Number 2 on the American singles' chart.

When “Hair” topped the charts in early 1969, it showed there was more to this wholesome family band than met the eye. The Cowsills gave a friendly wink to the hippie world, covering the theme from Hair, a musical that was revolutionizing Broadway. 
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May 10, 1975: Chicago vaulted into the US Top 40, to Number 17 from 43, with "Old Days." 

Sooner or later, almost every artist records a song about an adult looking back on his or her younger years. The Beatles had “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”; Stevie Wonder took us back to his childhood in “I Wish”; and Bob Seger had more hits with this theme than anyone. “Old Days” is Chicago’s – and specifically James Pankow’s – take on remembering childhood. 
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May 10, 1986: Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan topped out at Number 8 in the US with "Bad Boy."

Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan

The second single released on their second English language album, Primitive Love, "Bad Boy" enjoyed much success following up on the band's mainstream breakthrough single, "Conga". The song opened the film, Three Men and a Baby. 
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May 10, 2003: Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" peaks at Number 5 of the American Top 10 singles.

Justin Timberlake performed "Rock Your Body" with Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. 

Justin Timberlake Rolling Stone's magazine cover 

At the end of the performance, he sang the line, "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song," and ripped off part of Jackson's costume, revealing her breast. Timberlake and Jackson claimed it was a "wardrobe malfunction," but it was pretty clearly staged. 
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