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Music History Today: May 3, 2022

May 3, 1984: Bruce Springsteen released "Pink Cadillac" as the non-album B-side of "Dancing in the Dark."

"Pink Cadillac" follows Prince's "Little Red Corvette" and Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" in using automobile travel as a metaphor for sexual activity.

Bruce Springsteen "Pink Cadillac" t-shirt art
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The auto imagery was inspired by Elvis Presley's 1954 rendition of "Baby Let's Play House" in which Presley replaced the original lyric: "You may get religion" with: "You may have a pink Cadillac;" a reference to the custom painted Cadillac that was then Presley's touring vehicle. 
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May 3, 1969: "Lodi" by Creedence Clearwater Revival enters Billboard's Hot 100 chart at 78. 

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lodi” centers on a busker.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

His planned was head out west and make it big. Instead, he's stranded in a dead-end career and relegated to the low-end bar circuit. He’s “stuck in Lodi:” a small, agricultural city in California.  
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May 3, 1980: Robbie Dupree had his first Top 40 hit when "Steal Away" jumped from 59 to 33 on the American single's chart.

Robbie Dupree’s ‘Steal Away’ has all the hallmarks of a great yacht rock song. It’s richly melodic, impeccably produced, smooth as all get-out.

Robbie Dupree Street Corner Heroes

Additionally, the song’s keyboard part owes quite a debt to yacht rock classic ‘What a Fool Believes’ by The Doobie Brothers. But maybe that was cool, because Doobie Brothers lead singer Michael McDonald sings backup vocals on this track. 
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May 3, 1986: Rolling Stones' climb up the American Top 10 chart with "Harlem Shuffle" stopped halfway to the top, at Number 5

The original Bob & Earl version of the "Harlem Shuffle" in 1963 peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 36 on the Cash Box chart.

The Rolling Stones' 1986 album Dirty Work cover art 

The Rolling Stones' cover version, with Bobby Womack on backing vocals, appeared on their 1986 album Dirty Work. It became the first cover song the Stones had released as an opening single off a new studio album since 1965. 
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May 3, 1997: Hanson skyrocketed onto Billboard's singles chart, starting their climb at Number 16 with "Mmmbop." 

Upon its April 1997 release, Hanson’s debut single “MMMBop” was inescapable. The song dominated the airwaves worldwide, a daisy-fresh burst of melody that was even more irresistible thanks to the beaming blonde teenagers behind it. 

Hanson 1997
Hanson 1997

While “MMMBop” was soaring up the international charts, Isaac Hanson was 16, Taylor was 14, and Zac was just 11 years old. Comparisons with family groups The Jackson 5 and The Osmonds were inevitable. 
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