Friday, July 1, 2022

Music History Today: July 2, 2022

July 2, 1983: "(Keep Feeling) Fascination," by the British synthpop group Human League, entered Billboard's top 40 on its way to Number 8 in the top 10. 
The video for "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" was filmed in a semi-derelict area of Newham, London which was due for demolition and redevelopment as part of the widescale redevelopment of Docklands and East London which took place in the early 1980s.

Human League Fascination LP cover
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The video begins with a close-up of an orange "you are here" dot on a street map, which becomes an actual giant orange dot on the ground as the camera zooms in. 
Read more: Layers of London

July 2, 1961: "Raindrops" by Dee Clark peaked at Number 2 on the US Hot 100, behind "Quarter to Three" by Gary U.S. Bonds.
"Raindrops" by Dee Clark is about a man, convincing himself his tears over his lover's departure are raindrops since "a man ain't supposed to cry." The lyric was inspired by Clark's late night drive through a heavy rainstorm. 
Read more: Wikipedia

July 2, 1966: The title song from Frank Sinatra's 1966 album, Strangers in the Night, took over the top of the US music chart.
This was a big comeback for Sinatra, his first Number 1 pop hit in 11 years. Sinatra despised the song, calling it "a piece of s--t." Even though it was his biggest hit in 11 years, the singer never included this number in any of his late 1960s specials. 
Read more: Songfacts

July 2, 1977: Meri Wilson had a Top 40 when her novelty single, "Telephone Man," moved from Number 49 to 38. 
Meri Wilson wrote "Telephone Man" based on her brief affair with a Dallas telephone technician installing the phone. The song became a favorite on the "Dr. Demento Radio Show." It became a surprise hit single, climbing the UK Singles Chart to Number 6 as well as making it to Number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 
Read more: Wikipedia

July 2, 1983: "Don't Let It End," the second top 10 single from Styx's Kilroy Was Here album, peaked at Number 6 in the US.
The second top 10 single on Styx' the 1983 album Kilroy Was Here, "Don't Let It End," was originally slated as the first single until the staff at A&M suggested "Mr. Roboto." 
Read more: Wikipedia

(Keep Feeling) Fascination
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