Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Music History Today: July 20, 2022

July 20, 1982: The Pretenders recorded "Back On the Chain Gang" two days after their guitarist, James Honeyman-Scott,  died of a drug overdose at the age of 25.

The Pretenders
The Pretenders
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July 20, 1974: Their second week on the American music chart, Grand Funk vaulted from 63 to 34 with "Shinin’ On."

After the success of their We're an American Band LP, Grand Funk Railroad decided to keep a good thing going by retaining Todd Rundgren as producer and pushing their sound in a pop/rock direction. The end result has its moments but is not as strong as We're an American Band. 
Read more: Allmusic

July 20, 1985: Billy Joel moved into the Top 40 with "You're Only Human (Second Wind)."

"You're Only Human" was one of two new Billy Joel songs on Greatest Hits I and II. 

Billy Joel
Billy Joel
The song was written in light of a wave of teenage suicides that had made national news in the mid 1980's.  Billy himself had contemplated and even tried to commit suicide in his early 20's.  
Read more: Final Serenade

July 20, 1991: The Black Crowes' cover of Otis Reddings' "Hard To Handle" moved into the US Top 40. 

July 20, 1996: Eric Clapton's "Change The World" debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 in the top 10 at Number 9.

"Change The World" was written by the songwriting team of Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy and Wayne Kirkpatrick. The song was originally recorded by Wynonna Judd early in 1996, and then it became a big hit when Eric Clapton heard the song and recorded it as a duet with the R&B singer Babyface later that year. 
Read more: Songfacts

Back On the Chain Gang
The Pretenders

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