Monday, May 30, 2022

Music History Today: May 31, 2022

May 31, 1986: "If You Leave" by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark topped out in the US at Number 4.

"If You Leave" by English electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) was recorded for the soundtrack to the film Pretty in Pink.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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It's the group's highest-charting single on the US Billboard Hot 100Along with 1980's "Enola Gay", the track has been described as OMD's signature song. 
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May 31, 1958: Johnny Cash had an American Top 40 crossover hit when "Guess Things Happen That Way" moved from 56 to 38.

"Guess Things Happen That Way" by Johnny Cash was written by Jack Clement. It was Johnny Cash's fourth #1 on the country chart, spending eight weeks at the top. The single also crossed over to the pop chart, peaking at #11. 
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May 31, 1969: "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder started climbing Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 70.
Stevie Wonder, wunderkind blind multi-instrumentalist, had outgrown his juvenile persona and proved his worth as a super mid-60s soul star with a series of upbeat hits.

"My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder album cover

By 1969, he was hitting a different, more mainstream audience, thanks to the My Cherie Amour album’s title track and the previous year’s “For Once In My Life.” 
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May 31, 1975: Bad Company's "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" moved into Billboard's Top 40 list.

"Good Lovin' Gone Bad" was a 1974 Top 40 song in both the United States and the UK for Bad Company.

Bad Company album Straight Shooter 

It was written by the band's guitarist Mick Ralphs and appeared on the album, Straight Shooter. Cash Box called it a "solid, quality rocker." 
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May 31, 1980:  The Blues Brothers debuted at Number  77 on the US Hot 100 singles with a cover of "Gimme Some Lovin." 

"Gimme Some Lovin'" is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood.

The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers

In 1980, The Blues Brothers recorded a cover for the soundtrack of their film, The Blues Brothers. This version reached number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. 
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If You Leave
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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