Thursday, July 7, 2022

Music History Today: July 8, 2022

July 8, 1989: Cyndi Lauper's cover of Roy Orbison's "I Drove All Night" hit Number 6 in the US. 

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July 8, 1967: Petula Clark's last hit in the US, "Don't Sleep In The Subway," topped out at Number 5. 
Written by Tony Hatch and and Jackie Trent, "Don't Sleep in the Subway" is actually a combination of three different songs Hatch wrote but did not complete.

Petula Clark
Petula Clark

The segments of the unfinished songs were molded into one to create one song. It received a 1968 Grammy award nomination for best contemporary song, losing to "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension. 
Read more: Wikipedia

July 8, 1972: Nilsson moved into the American Top 40 with "Coconut."
A novelty song, "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson was on the U.S. Billboard charts for 14 weeks, reaching #8, and was ranked by Billboard as the #66 song for 1972. It charted minorly in the UK, reaching #42. "Coconut" did best in Canada, where it peaked at #5. 
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July 8, 1978: "Dance With Me" by Peter Brown with Betty Wright peaked at Number 8 on the American music chart.
"Dance With Me" by Peter Brown was an international hit, peaking at Number 9 in Canada. It did best in New Zealand, where it reached Number 3. 
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July 8, 1995: Hootie & The Blowfish topped out at Number 9 on the Billboard's Top 10 with "Let Her Cry."
Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Let Her Cry” was the second single released from their debut studio album, Cracked Rear View. The song tells the story of a relationship with a woman who struggles with drug and alcohol abuse. It finds meaning in trying to be patient, to remember the love that the two first shared. 
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I Drove All Night
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