Monday, July 4, 2022

Music History Today: July 5, 2022

July 5, 2011: Gotye released "Somebody That I Used to Know." 


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Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" is a bitter breakup song with two surprising twists: (1) Wally De Backer sings the pained chorus at full voice, nearly a shout, and (2) the second half of the song is opened up as a rebuttal from an ex, played by the New Zealand-born pop singer Kimbra. 
Read more: NPR
July 5, 1958: David Seville moved from Number 63 to 40 with "The Bird on My Head." 
"The Bird on My Head" was the second novelty song David Seville recorded under that stage name as well as the last song he recorded before the creation of Alvin and the Chipmunks. Like Seville's first novelty song, "Witch Doctor," the song has a sped-up voice. 
Read more: Wikipedia


July 5, 1965: Wilson Pickett released the single "In The Midnight Hour."
Wilson Pickett wrote "In The Midnight Hour" with guitarist Steve Cropper at the Lorraine Motel, which was located near the Stax studios in Memphis. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot there while standing on the balcony. 
Read more: Songfacts

July 5, 1974: Linda Ronstadt records her breakthrough hit "You're No Good." 
“You’re No Good” was written by Clint Ballard Jr. and originally performed by soul singer Dee Dee Warwick in 1963. Although other covers charted, it was Linda Ronstadt’s version that took the top spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. 
Read more: Society of Rock

July 5, 1986: "All The Love In The World" by The Outfield entered Billboard's Hot 100. 
"All the Love" was the third single from The Outfield's debut studio album, Play Deep. It followed the band's biggest hit, "Your Love." In the U.S., the song hit number 14 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

Somebody That I Used to Know

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