Thursday, May 19, 2022

Music History Today: May 20, 2022

May 20, 2006: "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley entered the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

Gnarles Barkley is the brainchild of singer CeeLo Green and producer Danger Mouse. The duo released their debut album, St. Elsewhere, in 2006 and the lead single was “Crazy.”

Gnarles Barkley CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse
CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse

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The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200. The track, which won a Grammy in 2007, was inspired by Spaghetti Western film scores—specifically, the song “Last Men Standing” by Gian Piero Reverberi and Gian Franco Reverberi. “Crazy” samples that track and the original songwriters for the tune are credited by Gnarles Barkley. 
Read more: American Songwriter

May 20, 1967: "Don't You Care" by The Buckinghams peaked at Number 6 on the US music chart.

"Don't You Care" by The Buckinghams was recorded in Columbia's 16-track New York Studios. It spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967, reaching No. 6, while reaching No. 1 in the Philippines, and No. 4 on Canada's RPM 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 20, 1989: Paula Abdul took over at the top spot on the American singles chart with "Forever Your Girl."

Following the unexpected success of "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl" continued Paula Abdul's newfound commercial success, becoming her second chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.

Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul

The song is about loyalty in a relationship. The female vocalist proclaims that, despite rumors that others may be interested in her, none of those matter because she will remain faithful to the man she loves; she will remain "forever his girl." 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 20, 1972: Neil Young moved into the Top 40 section of Billboards single's chart with "Old Man." 
"Old Man" by Neil Young was written for the caretaker of the Northern California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350,000 in 1970.

Neil Young

The song compares a young man's life to an old man's and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs as the old one. James Taylor played six-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) and sang on the song, and Linda Ronstadt also contributed vocals. 

Read more: Wikipedia

May 20, 1995: "This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan took over at the top of the US music chart.
"This Is How We Do It" was both the break-out hit for R&B artist Montell Jordan, and his only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. VH1 pegged it at #95 in their list of "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s." The 1995 MTV Video Music Award nominations for "Best Dance Video" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Video." Also a 1995 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance. 
Read more: Songfacts

Gnarls Barkley

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