Friday, July 29, 2022

Music History Today: July 30, 2022

July 30, 1956: Brenda Lee recorded her first single, a cover of Hank William's "Jambalaya."

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July 30, 1966: The Mamas & the Papas topped out at Number 5 with "I Saw Her Again." 

By the summer of 1966, the Mamas and the Papas were two hits into their American chart career, with a third single getting bigger. The Californian vocal group were going about the business of following the US No.1 and international smash “Monday Monday” when their next single “I Saw Her Again” entered the UK chart on July 28, 1966. 
Read more: U Discover Music

July 30,  1977: The Brothers Johnson moved into the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 with a cover of Johnny Otis Jr.'s "Strawberry Letter 23."  

Guitar prodigy Shuggie Otis (real name: Johnny Otis Jr.) wrote "Strawberry Letter 23" at the age of 17. Otis originally recorded this on his 1971 album Freedom Flight. He was friends with the Brothers Johnson. It was the only cover song on the Brothers Johnson second album, Right On Time. 
Read more: Songfacts

July 30, 1983: The Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" entered Billboard's Hot 100. 

With a lot of help from MTV, who gave the video a lot of play, "Burning Down The House" became Talking Heads' biggest hit. It didn't get a great deal of radio play at the time, but has endured as an '80s classic and is often used in movies and TV shows. 
Read more: Songfacts

July 30, 2002: Bruce Springsteen releases The Rising LP.

The Rising is a pivotal record often generalized as Springsteen’s response to 9/11. Stories have since circulated about him making phone calls to survivors shortly after the attacks to help find a sense of community, to understand the quieter stories behind the big, looming one. Many of these songs serve similar purposes for him as a writer. 
Read more: Pitchfork


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