Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Music History Today: May 5, 2022

May 5, 2001: The title track from the Matchbox Twenty album "Mad Season" entered the Billboard hot 100 chart at Number 68. 
On Yourself or Someone Like You, Matchbox Twenty's ability to craft sturdy, mainstream rock was overshadowed by their reliance on loud guitars, colorless production, and bombastic vocalizing.

Matchbox Twenty "Mad Season" album cover
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They trade that sound for a varied, accomplished, smooth production on their second album, Mad Season. Throughout this record, Matchbox Twenty seem unashamed that they sound their best when they're simply a mainstream rock band. 
Read more: Allmusic
May 5, 1967: Jimi Hendrix released "The Wind Cries Mary" in the UK.
Jimi Hendrix wrote "The Wind Cries Mary" as reconciliatory love song for his girlfriend in London, Kathy Mary Etchingham. According to her, account he wrote the lyrics after an argument, using her middle name, "Mary."

Jimi Hendrix in his London flat for The Sunday Times, 1967
Jimi Hendrix in his London flat, 1967

In a later interview, Hendrix commented that the lyrics represent "more than one person." More recent biographical material indicates some of the lyrics appeared in poetry written by Hendrix earlier in his career when he was in Seattle. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 5, 1973:  The Sweet made it to Number 3 on the US music Top 10 singles' chart with "Little Willy."
"Little Willy" performed by the British glam rock band The Sweet became their biggest hit in the US. In a retrospective review of glitter rock, Bomp! noted that although rock music journalists almost uniformly "loathed it", the song was a huge commercial success and "helped launch the essential glitter rock formula sound."  
Read more: Wikipedia

May 5, 1984: "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins made it up to Number 3 on the American Top 40 singles' chart.
"Hold Me Now" by the British band Thompson Twins is a mid-tempo new wave song that uses a varied instrumentation, including keyboards, a xylophone, a piano and Latin percussion.

Thompson Twins
Thompson Twins

Released the first single from their fourth studio album, Into the Gap, it became the band's biggest-selling single in the UK and the US. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 5, 1990: Calloway's  " I Wanna be Rich" peaked at Number 2 on the US music chart.
"I Wanna Be Rich" by the American R&B duo Calloway is their band's only top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. It reached number two in May 1990, blocked from the top spot by Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U." It also reached number five on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Mad Season
Matchbox Twenty


 

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