Monday, May 16, 2022

Music History Today: May 17, 2022

May 17, 1997: "Thinking of You" by Tony! Toni! Tone! rose into the top 40 section, at Number 39, of Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart.

Tony! Toni! Tone!,  rose into the top 40 section, at Number 39, of Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart. Enhancing the new jack swing era with traditional gospel and classic R&B,
Tony! Toni! Tone!
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Tony! Toni! Tone! wrote with immediate impact and took full advantage of vintage and advanced recording techniques, from live string sections to looped breakbeats. 
Read more: Allmusic

May 17, 1958: His third week on the US music chart, Bobby Freeman blasted from Number 50 to 19 with "Do You Want to Dance."

Bobby Freeman was 17 when he wrote and recorded this song. He was performing with three other teenagers at dances and other functions when a San Francisco DJ brought him in to record the song. It was a big hit in the summer of 1958. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 17, 1966: "Don't Bring Me Down" by The Animals was released in the U.S.

"Don't Bring Me Down" was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. But with Eric Burdon's growling, echoed vocals and a prominent organ, it didn't sound like a Goffin/King composition by the time The Animals were done with it.  
Read more: Songfacts

May 17, 1975: Led Zeppelin has an American Top 40 hit when "Trampled Underfoot" moves top Number 39. 

Led Zeppelin didn't release any singles in the UK until 1997 when "Whole Lotta Love" was released 18 years after it was written. 
 
Robert Plant onstage with a dove
Robert Plant
 But in 1975, Zeppelin's Swan Song label sent 5000 pressings of "Trampled Underfoot" to UK record stores as incentive to stock the Physical Graffiti album. These were labeled "Special Limited Edition" and became collectors' items. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 17, 1980: Carole King's "One Fine Day" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100.

Carole King and her ex- husband/songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, wrote "One Fine Day." The Chiffons first recorded it and reached #5 on Billboard. When King became a top recording artist she released an album called Pearls: Songs of Goffin and King. Her version of "One Fine Day" was released as a single and went to #12. 
Read more: Songfacts

Thinking of You
Tony! Toni! Tone!

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