Friday, June 3, 2022

Music History Today: June 4, 2022

June 4, 1983: Michael Jackson moved into the Billboard Top 40, from 41 to 22, with "Wanna Be Starting Something."
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" was released from Michael Jackson's album Thriller as its fourth single and became Jackson's fourth consecutive top 10 single from the LP.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

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Unlike previous singles from Thriller, "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" did not have a music video to accompany it but was performed by Jackson on world concert tours as both a member of The Jacksons and as a solo artist. 
Read more: Wikipedia
June 4, 1977: "The Killing of Georgie (Parts 1 and 2)" by Rod Stewart entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
Some journalists likened "The Killing of Georgie" to something Bob Dylan would write. Stewart, flattered by the comparison, told Sounds, "The verse reminds me a bit of 'Hurricane' only slower."

Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

In the early '80s, a movie was in the works called "The Killing of Georgie" which was based on this song. John Mellencamp (known as John Cougar at the time), was considered for a role, but the film was never made. 
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June 4, 1988: "Piano in the Dark" by Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito peaked at Number 6 in the US.
Brenda Russell, believing "that in every title there's a song somewhere," made a habit of "collecting" interesting phrases she heard and placing them in a notebook for potential song titles. It was through this process that she wrote the lyrics to "Piano in the Dark" as the title seemed to fit with the music her co-writers sent her. 
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June 4, 1994: Enigma's "Return to Innocence" peaked at Number 4 in the US. 
"Return To Innocence" was the lead single from The Cross of Changes, the second album from the electronica/new age music act Enigma. The song was based on a native Taiwanese chant by a Taiwanese tribesman Kuo Ying-nan and his wife Kuo Hsiu-chu, who had recorded the track in Paris in 1988 during a cultural exchange.  
Read more: Songfacts

June 4, 2000: Bon Jovi's Crush hits Number 1 on the UK albums chart. 
Even if it was classified as pop-metal, Bon Jovi never really was much of a metal band, relying on big, catchy melodies and not guitar riffs to make their songs memorable.

Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi

 That's why, in 2000, they're able to make an album like Crush, which strays far enough into pop/rock to actually stand a chance of getting airplay (which it did, with the hit lead single "It's My Life").  

Read more: Allmusic

Michael Jackson
Wanna Be Starting Something

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