Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Music History Today: May 25, 2022

May 25, 1962: The West Side Story soundtrack goes to Number 1 in the US, where it stays for a record 54 (non-consecutive) weeks.

West Side Story
West Side Story 1961
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May 25, 1974: Wet Willie debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart "Keep Smiling." 
After the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wet Willie was the hardest-rocking of the Southern bands to come to national attention in the early '70s.

Wet Willie
Wet Willie

From 1971 until 1978 they produced an enviable array of albums awash in good-time music. They racked up just one Top Ten hit ("Keep On Smilin'") and a lot of admirers. 

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May 25, 1985: Wham!'s "Everything She Wants" hits Number 1 in the US, making them the first group since the Bee Gees to have three chart-topping hits from the same album.


May 25, 1990: ZZ Top appear in Back to the Future Part III, playing an Old West-themed rendition of their Number 1 rock hit "Doubleback." 

ZZ Top appear in Back to the Future Part III
ZZ Top in Back to the Future Part III


May 25, 1998: Toto released their compilation album, Toto XX: 1977–1997, containing the demo of the Boz Skaggs covered Miss Sun.
Before Boz Scaggs scored a 1981 hit with “Miss Sun,” peaking at No. 14, Toto recorded it as a demo. Unfortunately, it took nearly 20 years before that demo saw the light of day on 1998’s Toto XX rarities collection. This demo was reportedly one of the originals that helped Toto get the contract with Columbia. 


Prologue
West Side Story



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