Friday, May 13, 2022

Music History Today: May 14, 2022

May 14, 1988: "The Valley Road" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range moved, from 43 to 32, into Billboard's Top 40 singles.

"The Valley Road" was included on Bruce Hornsby and the Range's 1988 album, Scenes from the Southside. It reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1988, peaking at number 5 the week of July 2.

Bruce Hornsby & the Range
Bruce Hornsby & the Range
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It also spent a week atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart in mid-June. This was the group's third song to reach number 1 on the adult contemporary chart, following "The Way It Is" from 1986 and "Mandolin Rain" from 1987. 
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May 14, 1966: Dionne Warwick peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her song, "Message To Michael."

"Message to Michael," written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, has been a hit for several different artists.

Dionne Warwick 1966
Dionne Warwick 1966

The song was first recorded as "Message to Martha" by Jerry Butler in 1962. British singer Adam Faith recorded the song in 1965 and had a substantial hit in the UK, reaching No. 12. In the United States, Dionne Warwick's version, titled "Message to Michael", was a top ten hit there in 1966. 
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May 14, 1977: The Detroit Emeralds started their climb up the US chart with "Feel the Need."

The Detroit Emeralds were a Little Rock vocal group. They had some success with R&B hits "Do Me Right," "You Want It, You Got It," and "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" in 1971 and 1972, as well as "You're Gettin' a Little Too Smart" in 1973. Though many regard "Feel the Need" as their best song, it was far from a hit, although it was their last chart entry in 1977. 
Read more: Allmusic

May 14, 1983: Sheriff entered Billboard's chart, at Number 86, with "When I'm with You."

"When I'm with You" was originally released as the third single off Sheriff's debut album. The song reached number eight on the RPM chart in the band's native Canada, where it was their biggest hit. In the US, it peaked at number 61. Sometime thereafter, disappointed and frustrated by their continued lack of international success, the band broke up. 
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May 14, 1994: "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain peaked at number 6.

American reggae band Big Mountain's lineup includes two Jamaicans with excellent credentials: rhythm guitarist Tony Chin and drummer Santa Davis.

Big Mountain
Big Mountain

Much like UB40, they brought a very commercialized version of Jamaican music to the American mainstream when their cover of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way" reached the Top Ten in early 1994. 

Read more: Allmusic

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