Sunday, June 12, 2022

Music History Today: June 13, 2022

June 13, 1992: George Michael debuts more than halfway up Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 41, with "Too Funky." 
"Too Funky" finds George Michael propositioning someone he would like to have sex with.

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It was one of the songs George Michael made with a video featuring several supermodels, including Linda Evangelista, Estelle Lefébure, Nadia Auermann, and Tyra Banks, as well as an amusing appearance by actress Julie Newmar, who played the original Catwoman in the TV series Batman. 
Read more: Songfacts
June 13, 1964: Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas make a huge move into the American Top 40, from 61 to 26, with "Bad To Me."
In late interviews, John Lennon said that he wrote "Bad to Me" for Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas while on holiday in Spain. However, in a 1964 interview he said that he and Paul McCartney wrote it in the back of a van, declaring McCartney a contributor. 
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June 13, 1975: Jefferson Starship released their Red Octopus album.
Red Octopus was the first album credited to Jefferson Starship. Marty Balin was once again a fully integrated bandmember, writing or co-writing five of the ten tracks. And there can be little doubt that it was Balin's irresistible ballad "Miracles," the biggest hit single in the Jefferson Whatever catalog. 
Read more: Allmusic

June 13, 1981: The second week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, The Moody Blues skyrocket into the Top 40, from 66 to 37. with "Gemini Dream." 
"Gemini Dream" was the first of three singles released from the Moody Blues’ 1981 album Long Distance Voyager. Written jointly by the band's lead guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge, both won an ASCAP songwriting award for it. 
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June 13, 1987: A cover of Tom Waite's "Downtown Train" by Patty Smyth enters Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

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