Monday, May 23, 2022

Music History Today: May 24, 2022

May 24,1969: The Who peak in Billboard's Top 20, at Number 19, with "Pinball Wizard."

“Pinball Wizard” is one of those very special pieces of music: a great rock song, but at the same time a classic pop song.

The Who
The Who

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Yet it was not as big a hit as perhaps we all remember, such is its popularity today, five decades after it was recorded. The song was, of course, part of Pete Townshend’s magnum opus Tommy. 
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May 24, 1958: Buddy Holly's "Rave On!" blasts from Number 97 to 46 on the US music chart.

Buddy Holly on Ed Sullivan show
Buddy Holly on Ed Sullivan

“Rave On” was recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. Even though Buddy Holly did not write the song, he had a hit with it in both the United Kingdom and United States. 
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May 24, 1975: Ray Stevens has a Top 40 non-novelty hit in the US when "Misty" reaches Number 40 on this date.

"Misty" is a jazz standard written in 1954 by pianist Erroll Garner. It became the signature song of Johnny Mathis. In 1975, singer Ray Stevens released an up-tempo country rendition of this song. His version won a Grammy in the category of Music Arrangement of the Year. 
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May 24, 1980: "Sexy Eyes" by Dr. Hook peaks at Number 5 on the US music chart.

"Sexy Eyes" by Dr. Hook was the second of three singles from their LP Sometimes You Win. In the United States, the single tied with "Sylvia's Mother" at number 5 as the highest-charting song for the band. It was also a Top 10 hit in Canada (#8) and the United Kingdom (#4), in the process becoming the band's last top thirty hit in the UK. 
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May 24, 1986: "Like a Rock" by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band starts up the Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 56. 

Released by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band back in 1986, “Like A Rock” is perhaps best known for its use as a background track in Chevrolet truck television ads from the 1990s through the early 2000s.

Bob Seger
Bob Seger

The tune has since become associated with rugged American determination and grit, and its opening lines – “Stood there boldly, sweatin’ in the sun / Felt like a million, felt like number one” – are a clarion call for working hard to achieve your goals. 
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Pinball Wizard
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