Thursday, June 30, 2022

Music History Today: June 30, 2022

June 30, 2007: Amy Winehouse had her only American Top 10 hit when "Rehab" peaked at Number 9 in the US.

Though she made a lot of great music, Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” is her most famous song.

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Winehouse revealed the song was inspired by a time in her life when she was generally being “idiotic.” Subsequently, she explained she was interested in a man she felt was right for her when she penned the song. 
Read more: Cheat Sheet 

June 30, 1917: Lena Horne was born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. 

Pushed by an ambitious mother into the chorus line of the Cotton Club when she was sixteen, and maneuvered into a film career by the N.A.A.C.P., Lena Horne was the first African American signed to a long-term studio contract.

Lena Horne
Lena Horne

In her rise beyond Hollywood’s racial stereotypes of maids, butlers, and African natives, she achieved true stardom on the silver screen, and became a catalyst for change even beyond the glittery fringes of studio life. 
Read more: PBS

June 30, 1973: The Doobie Brothers missed the Top 10 in the US when they peaked at Number 11 with "Long Train Runnin'."

"Long Train Runnin'" was the first single from the The Doobie Brothers' third album, The Captain And Me. Their first album stiffed, but their second, Toulouse Street, had two hits: "Listen To The Music" and "Jesus Is Just Alright," so there was lots of anticipation for their next one. 
Read more: Songfacts

June 30, 1979: The Who's "Long Live Rock" began its climb up the US music chart at Number 84. It will peak at 54.

June 30, 1984: "Self Control" by Laura Branigan peaked at Number 4 in the USA.

"Self Control" by Italian singer Raf was covered the same year he released it by American singer Laura Branigan. Both versions of the song were popular across Europe during much of the summer of 1984. 
Read more: Wikipedia

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