Thursday, May 26, 2022

Music History Today: May 26, 2022

May 26, 1979: The Village People debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart with "Go West." 

Go West" by Village People was successful in the disco scene during the late 1970s.

The Village People
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The title a title - from Horace Greeley's 19th-century quote "Go West, young man" - was a rallying cry for the colonization of the American West, but also an invitation to pursue one's own dreams and individuality.  
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May 26, 2001: Nelly Furtado peaked at Number 9 on the US music chart with "I'm Like a Bird." 

"I'm Like a Bird" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, making Nelly Furtado the first female act to win the award for her debut single since Mariah Carey did so ten years earlier and the last to be awarded to a Canadian in the category.
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May 26, 1962: Walter Brennan peaked at Number 5 with a spoken version of "Old Rivers."

In 1962, “Old Rivers” was recorded as a recitation by actor and recording artist Walter Brennan, prominently featuring The Johnny Mann Singers as the backing choir over Brennan’s recitation on the refrain.

Walter Brennan

 And the song quickly became a top 5 hit, not only on the Billboard Hot 100 but also on Easy Listening and Hot C&W Sides charts two months after its release.

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May 26, 1973:  Slade's "Cum On Feel the Noize" entered the US Hot 100 single's chart.

"Cum On Feel The Noize" by Sladeis a glam rock classic. Slade performed loud, anthemic songs in flamboyant costumes, often with lots of makeup and plenty of energy.

Glam rock was big in the UK in the mid-'70s, and this was one of the genre's first hits. Most Americans know this song from the Quiet Riot cover. 
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May 26, 1984: Wang Chung had an American Top 40 hit when "Dance Hall Days" moved to Number 38. 

"Dance Hall Days" by the English band Wang Chung was originally released as a single in 1982 when the band was called Huang Chung. It was re-recorded and re-released in 1984 for the album Points on the Curve. It was the band's only single to make the top 40 charts in the UK, narrowly missing the top 20. In the US, it peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went to number one on the Dance Club Songs chart. 
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