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Music History Today: August 2, 2022

August 2, 1997: Sarah McLachlan debuted at Number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 album chart with Surfacing.

Surfacing was released as the first Lilith Fair tour hit the road, and Sarah McLachlan benefited enormously from the timing.

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As the organizer of Lilith Fair, McLachlan was on the cover of magazines across America and Canada, which helped Surfacing debut at number two on the U.S. charts. 
Read more: Allmusic
August 2, 1969: Kenny Rogers and the First Edition peaked at Number 6 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town."

Recorded in 1969 by rising pop star Kenny Rogers, whose name had just been recently put out front on the marquee with “Kenny Rogers and The First Edition,” “Ruby” was a song about a disabled war veteran whose significant other was headed uptown for some satisfaction that she couldn’t find at home. 
Read more: American Songwriter

August 2, 1975: "Rockin’ Chair" by Gwen McCrae topped out at Number 9 in the US. 

Gwen's husband, George McCrae, had a number-one hit single the year earlier, "Rock Your Baby." "Rockin' Chair" was intended to be an answer song to George's hit. The songs were released just less than a year apart. George provided backing vocals on the song. 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 2, 1980: "Jesse," written and recorded by Carly Simon, entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 70. 
"Jesse" by Carly Simon is told in first-person about the narrator's disdain for her former lover, Jesse, who has just moved back to town.

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Carly Simon

She vows to have nothing to do with him and asks her friends to remind her of how he has wronged her. She ends up going back on her promise to herself and the two rekindle their romance. 

Read more: Wikipedia

August 2, 1986: Doctor & The Medics debuted at Number 95 on the US chart with a cover of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In the Sky." It peaked in the US at Number 69 but went all the way to the top of the UK music chart.

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