Sunday, May 29, 2022

Music History Today: May 30, 2022

May 30, 2009: Eminem entered the Billboard hot 100 single's chart at Number 17 with "Beautiful." 

"Beautiful" is the fourth and final single from Eminem's album Relapse.

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The song samples "Reaching Out", originally recorded by British rock band Rock Therapy. The song was partially written during the first time he went to rehab in 2005, and would not be finished until the rapper got clean years later. 
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May 30, 1964: The Reflections peak at Number 6 on the US single's chart with "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet."

"(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" is a first person narrative of a young man who plans to find a job so that he can buy his girlfriend presents and a car to take her out on dates. He fears that if he fails to find gainful employ, their love will fall apart, a situation he likens to the famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet. 
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May 30, 1970: "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" by Three Dog Night blasted in the US, from Number 83 to 48, its second week on Billboard's Hot 100.

Rarely has a cover inverted every single thing about the original as much as Three Dog Night’s version of Mama Told Me Not To Come.

Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night

Written by one of America’s greatest songwriters as an ironic commentary on LA’s hedonistic party scene, it was turned into one of the party anthems of the early 70s.  
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May 30, 1981: Gino Vannelli's "Living Inside Myself" peaked at Number 6 on the American Top 10. 

"Living Inside Myself" by Gino Vannelli appears on his seventh album, Nightwalker.  In terms of the storyline, the song’s narrator finds himself living inside both himself and "this hell" without his former love. The song  was his second top ten hit in the U.S. during the spring and summer of 1981. 
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May 30, 1987: When "Sweet Sixteen" moved from Number 43 to 37, Billy Idol had another American Top 40 hit.

"Sweet Sixteen" by Billy Idol was inspired by the true story of Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian emigrant who single-handedly built the Coral Castle in Florida. In Latvia, Leedskalnin was set to marry Agnes Skuvst, but she broke the engagement and Leedskalnin decided to emigrate to America. He built the Coral Castle there in dedication to Skuvst, who he often referred to as his "Sweet Sixteen." 
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