Sunday, May 22, 2022

Music History Today: May 23, 2022

May 23, 1964: Barbra Streisand moved into Billboard's Top 40 section of their music chart, from Number 47 to 26, with "People."  
"People" was one of the first songs written for the musical score of Funny Girl.

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

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It's based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedian Fanny Brice. When composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill were hired to write the musical score, they wrote their songs by day and tested them by night on the Palm Beach, Florida, socialites at cocktail parties. 
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May  23, 1956: Elvis Presley's cover of "Blue Suede Shoes" entered the Top 40 in the US.
"Blue Suede Shoes" was written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. It's one of the first rockabilly records.

Elvis Presley 1956 color
Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley recorded it in 1956 and it appears as the opening track of his eponymous debut album Elvis Presley. Presley performed his version of the song three different times on national television. It was also recorded by Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran, among many others. 
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May 23, 1970: The Pipkins entered Billboard's chart at Number 65 with "Gimme Dat Ding."

"Gimme Dat Ding," written and composed by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, is a 1970 popular UK novelty song by "one-hit wonder" The Pipkins. Released as a single, it is the title selection of an album which The Pipkins recorded. 
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May 23, 1992:  Jon Secada moved from Number 52 to 40 in the US with "Just Another Day."

"Just Another Day" by Cuban-American singer-songwriter Jon Secada was released as the lead single from his self-titled debut album. Gloria Estefan sings background vocals on the song and is given writing credit for the Spanish-language version. 
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May 23, 1987: Heart secured a US Top 40 finish when "Alone" moved from Number 53 to 39. 

Barbra Streisand

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