Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Music History Today: June 2, 2022

June 2, 2002: Pop Idol winner Will Young's version of The Doors' 1967 classic "Light My Fire" hits Number 1 on the UK singles chart.

Pop Idol winner Will Young
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June 2, 1962: The Isley Brothers entered Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart with "Twist and Shout." 
The Isley Brothers' 1962 hit "Twist & Shout" marked a crucial breakthrough for the legendary trio. Recorded with producer/songwriter Bert Berns for Scepter Records' Wand subsidiary, the song became a major pop/R&B crossover hit. It also became a cultural anthem whose influence extended across the Atlantic and caught the ear of the Beatles. 
Read more: Sundazed

June 2,  1973: The Wings' album Red Rose Speedway hits the top of the albums chart in the US.  
Red Rose Speedway began as a potential double album before being cut down to one. While it lacks McCartney’s finest songwriting it shows the group cohering as a professional endeavor.
Paul McCartney Red Rose Speedway
Paul McCartney Red Rose Speedway
At this point, we’re able to hear the Wings sound solidifying, and odd notion given that Seiwell and McCullough would leave the group before the better Band on the Run came out at the end of that year. 
Read more: Spectrum Culture

June 2, 1984: Orion The Hunter debuted on the US music chart with "So You Ran." 
The band Orion the Hunter was an offshoot of the band Boston. Guitarist Barry Goudreau and backing vocalist Brad Delp were members of Boston, and guitarist/vocalist Fran Cosmo would join a later incarnation of the band. The group also included Michael DeRosier (from the group Heart) on drums and percussion, and Bruce Smith on bass. 
Read more: Wikipedia


June 2, 1990: Michael Bolton powered up from Number 74 to 50 with "When I’m Back on My Feet Again."

Will Young
Light My Fire

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