Friday, July 22, 2022

Music History Today: July 23, 2022

July 23, 2011: Amy Winehouse died in London of alcohol poisoning. Like Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, she was 27 years old.

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July 23, 1966: Lee Dorsey entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Working In The Coal Mine." 
Although "Working in the Coal Mine" sounds just like a jazz standard that could have been handed down from generation to generation of the American Old South, it was actually written by Allen Toussaint in the early 1960s. Toussaint worked with many big names from the era including Fats Domino, Chris Kenner, Benny Spellman, and Diamond Joe. 
Read more: Songfacts

July 23, 1977: Jimmy Buffett peaked at Number 8 with "Margaritaville." In 1991, comedian Mark Eddie wrote a parody of the song titled "Marijuanaville."

July 23, 1983: R.E.M. make their first appearance on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Radio Free Europe."
R.E.M. song ‘Radio Free Europe’ is important for two main reasons. On the one hand, it was R.E.M.’s debut single and put the Georgian band on the map when it was first put out in 1981 as the band struggled to make ends meet.


On the other, when the single was released in 1983 as part of their newly polished major-label LP Murmur, it planted the blueprint for what an alternative rock band should look like. 
Read more: Farout Magazine

July 23, 1988: Huey Lewis & The News entered the US Top 40 with "Perfect World." 
"Perfect World" by Huey Lewis was written by Alex Call, a former bandmate of Lewis and Sean Hopper from the band, Clover. Call had previously co-written the hit song "867-5309/Jenny" for Tommy Tutone. Huey Lewis gave the song a reggae flavor. 
Read more: Wikipedia

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