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Music History Today: August 1, 2022

August 1, 1981: MTV made its debut at 12:01am. Youtuber Max Speedster shared a video of the first two hours in 2021 on its 50th Anniversary.

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August 1, 1939: Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "In The Mood."
If you believe that vigorous dancing sometimes leads to `other things,' then Glenn Miller deserves at least a little of the credit for the baby boom. Miller's 1939 hit recording made NPR's list of the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century. 
Read more: NPR

August 1, 1964: Dionne Warwick entered Bilboard's Hot 100 at 98 with "A House is Not a Home." 
"A House Is Not a Home" was written by the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the 1964 film of the same name, starring Shelley Winters and Robert Taylor.

Dionne Warwick 1964
Dionne Warwick 1964

The song was a modest hit in the United States for Warwick, peaking at #71 on the pop singles chart as the B-side of the top 40 single, "You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)." 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 1, 1972: The Eagles' single "Witchy Woman" was released.
'Witchy Woman' is one of the Eagles' greatest hits of all time. The band's original members (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon) released their self-titled album Eagles in 1971. The record showcased Henley's songwriting skills with the second single, "Witchy Woman." 
Read more: Wide Open Country

August 1, 1987: Los Lobos' cover of "La Bamba" for the Richie Valens' biopic of the same name became the first Spanish language recording to top the UK chart.

"La Bamba" movie poster

First Two Hours of MTV
August 1, 1981

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