Friday, May 6, 2022

Music History Today: May 7, 2022

May 7, 2001: Sugar Ray released "When It's Over" from their self-titled debut album. 

"When It's Over" by Sugar Ray was the lead single from their self-titled fourth album.

Teen People magazine cover December 2001 Mark McGrath
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It's about having feelings for a person after the end of a relationship in which there were repeated breakups. The music video features segments of each band member's fantasy about a music video for the song, ending with the band partying on the beach. 
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May 7, 1966: "Kicks" tops out at Number 5 for Paul Revere & the Raiders on the US music chart.

"Kicks" is a song composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for the Animals, but the band's lead singer Eric Burdon turned it down.

Paul Revere & The Raiders
Paul Revere & The Raiders

Instead, Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded and released it as a single in 1966. Considered one of the earliest anti-drug songs, "Kicks" was composed and released during an era in which pro-hippie, pro-experimentation, and other counterculture themes were gaining popularity on U.S. FM radio stations. 
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May 7, 1977:  Grace Jones' debut single, "I Need A Man," lands on top Billboard's Dance Club chart for the next two weeks.

"I Need a Man," the debut single for Grace Jones, is a disco and funk song.

Grace Jones
Grace Jones
Its initial release passed fairly unnoticed. The track was later re-mixed and released in the U.S. on the minor disco label Beam Junction before Jones signed with Island Records and included it on her 1977 debut album Portfolio. 
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May 7, 1988: Belinda Carlisle's "Circle in the Sand" enters the Top 40 portion of Billboard's Hot 100.

"Circle in the Sand" was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, who wrote many of Carlisle's hit singles, including her signature song "Heaven Is a Place on Earth". The melody borrows from Mike + The Mechanics' "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)," specifically the "can you hear me calling" section. 
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May 7,  2005: Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" blasts to Number 8, where it also peaks, the first week on Billboard's chart.

"Speed of Sound" was written by all members of Coldplay for their third studio album, X&Y. It was released by Parlophone Records as the lead single from the album.  Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin admitted that the song was developed after the band had listened to English art rock singer Kate Bush. Recognized as Song of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), it was nominated twice at the 48th Grammy Awards. 
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When It's Over
Sugar Ray

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