Sunday, June 19, 2022

Music History Today: June 20, 2022

June 20, 1992: The Cure were guaranteed a US Top hit when "Friday I’m In Love" moved from Number 68 to 39.

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Friday I’m In Love has over time become the most widely popular song that The Cure ever put out – not just becoming a worldwide hit in 1992, but also a song that radio never forgot, frequently used in TV shows and movies ever since. 
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June 20, 1964: "Rag Doll" by The Four Seasons entered Billboard's Hot 100 nearly halfway to the top, at Number 53. It would go all the way up.
According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, "Rag Doll" was inspired by an occasion involving the homeless children who, at stop lights in the city, would run into the street and clean windshields for spare change. In the Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan neighborhood, a young girl with a dirty face and wearing ragged clothes approached Gaudio's automobile. He gave the girl a $10 bill. 
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June 20, 1970: Their second week on Billboard's chart, The 5th Dimension skyrocketed from Number 90 to 42 with "Save the Country." 
Laura Nyro was inspired to write "Save the Country" after the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy. The most successful version, performed by The 5th Dimension, reached #10 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
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June 20, 1981: Billy Squier's "The Stroke" moved into the American Top 40 chart. 
"The Stroke" was Billy Squier's first single to chart, reaching No. 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was a bigger hit on rock radio, reaching No. 3 on the Top Tracks chart. It also reached the UK Singles Chart, rising to No. 52. 
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June 20, 1987: "Head To Toe" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam took over the top of the US music chart.
“Head To Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam has a serious beat to it. The band surrounds Velez’s voice with reverbed-out drums, a laser-focused synth-bassline, and programmed-in timbale and tambourine and handclap sounds. Velez’s voice just dances over all that. She sounds glorious. 
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