Thursday, June 16, 2022

Music History Today: June 17, 2022

June 17, 1970: The film On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, starring Barbra Streisand, was released. 

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever movie poster
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"On a Clear Day" is the first conventional musical film to open this year, the first Minnelli musical since "The Bells Are Ringing" in 1960, and the first Barbra Streisand movie to suggest—even briefly—that she is capable of playing someone other than Fannie Brice in the seven stages of woman. 
Read more: NYT Movie Review
June 17, 1984: Bronski Beat's debut single "Smalltown Boy" peaked at Number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. 
Rejection and heartbreak are recurring staples of pop music, but every now and then a song turns the stuff of sadness into an irresistible dancefloor filler. One such song, mining an upbeat theme of liberation from a downbeat tale of homophobia, is Bronski Beat’s 1984 hit “Smalltown Boy.”  
Read more: Financial Times

June 17, 1967: "Mirage" by Tommy James and the Shondells topped out at Number 10 in the US. 

"Mirage" resulted from a studio mistake. Producer Bo Gentry inadvertently put the tape of their previous hit, "I Think We're Alone Now," on the player backwards. The group listened to the chord progression on the reversed tape and band member Ritchie Cordell wrote the lyrics to it. 
Read more: Songfacts

June 17, 1978: Billy Joel moved into the American Top 40 with "Only the Good Die Young."
Billy Joel based his 1977 song “Only The Good Die Young” on an actual high school crush named Virginia Callahan.

Billy Joel 52nd Street publicity photo
Billy Joel 

The track stands pretty tall amongst Billy Joel’s vast catalog of hits, one of his signature songs that never lose their luster. 
Read more: American Songwriter

June 17, 2006: A cover of "One" by Mary J. Blige & U2 entered Billboard's Hot 100.

On a Clear Day
Barbra Streisand

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