Saturday, May 21, 2022

Music History Today: May 22, 2022

May 22, 2019: The biographical film Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, debuted in US theaters.

None of the makers of Rocketman, from director Dexter Fletcher to writer Lee Hall and co-executive producer Elton John himself, described the blockbuster film of Elton’s singular life as a biopic.

Rocketman movie poster
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It is very deliberately presented as a musical fantasy, one that takes an impressionistic look at the key moments in the singer-songwriter’s life, set to his signature hits as they fit the arc of the story. 
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May 22, 1965: The Rolling Stones' "Play with Fire," originally the B-Side to their hit single "The Last Time," entered the Billboard Hot 100. 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the only Stones to appear on "Play With Fire."

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

The other Stones went to sleep after a long session while producer Phil Spector filled in on bass and his assistant, Jack Nitzsche, played harpsichord. Needing for another voice, they had a janitor at the studio sing backup. 

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May 22, 1979: "The Boss" single by Diana Ross was released.

"The Boss," written and produced by Ashford & Simpson, was the first release from the album of the same title.

Diana Ross
Diana Ross
 It peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reached #12 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, and went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. 
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May 22, 1993: "Somebody to Love," by George Michael and Queen, recorded at the Freddie Mercury memorial concert, moved into the Top 40 section of Billboard in's second week on the chart.

May 22, 2001: The Calling released their debut single, "Wherever You Will Go."

"Wherever You Will Go" by the Calling remains their most renowned and successful hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks, the second-longest-running number one in the chart's history, behind "Smooth" by Santana and Rob Thomas. 
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