Friday, July 15, 2022

Music History Today: July 15, 2021

July 15, 1972: Elton John started a five week run at Number 1 on the Billboard album chart with "Honky Chateau," his first US chart topper.

Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. 


Elton John Honky Chateau cover picture
Elton John Honky Chateau cover picture

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The skittering boogie of "Honky Cat" and the light psychedelic pop of "Rocket Man" helped send Honky Chateau to the top of the charts. 
Read more: Allmusic

July 15, 1967: Jay and the Techniques broke into Billboard's Hot 100 with "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie."

Written by Maurice Irby, Jr., Bobby Hebb was originally offered "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie", but rejected it due to its novelty sound. It was recorded by Jay & the Techniques. 
Read more: Wikipedia


July 15, 1978: The Dayton, Ohio/European funk-disco group Heatwave topped out at Number 7 in the US with "Groove Line." 

July 15, 1989: The Doobie Brothers peaked at Number 9 in the US with "The Doctor."

In 1989, The Doobie Brothers came out with Cycles and scored a Top 10 hit with "The Doctor." Like their earlier hit "Listen To The Music," this song is about the power of music, which just like a doctor, can cure your ills. 
Read more: Songfacts


July 15, 2000: Vertical Horizon top over at the top of the US music chart with "Everything You Want."

The second release from their first album, Vertical Horizon tore up the Billboard turf with this song, which occupied space at the top of the charts for several weeks in 2000. Popular speculation about the inspiration of the song has ranged from God to love triangles, and sometimes a combination of the two. 
Read more: Songfacts

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