Friday, August 19, 2022

Music History Today: August 19, 2022

August 19, 2008: Lady Gaga's debut album, The Fame, was released.

The first two singles released from Lady Gaga's The Fame album, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," topped the charts in several countries.   

Lady Gaga's debut album, The Fame
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The LP was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. It won for Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording for the single "Poker Face." 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 19, 1967: Van Morrison made a big move into the Top 40 section of Billboard with "Brown Eyed Girl." 

Originally titled "Brown-Skinned Girl," Van Morrison changed it to "Brown Eyed Girl." He remarked on the title change: "That was just a mistake. It was a kind of Jamaican song. Calypso." 
Read more: Wikipedia

August 19, 1972: NBC-TV presented The Midnight Special for the first time, with John Denver as the first host. Cass Elliot was a guest.

August 19, 1977: Patti LaBelle's self-titled debut solo album was released.

Patti LaBelle's solo debut for Epic closed the book on a 15-year collaboration with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash.

Patti LaBelle's self-titled solo album

She mixed light pop and soul covers on this outing, turning in earnestly sung renditions of "You Are My Friend" and the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You." 
Read more: Allmusic

August 19, 2006: "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol moved into the US Top 40 singles.

Snow Patrol scored their biggest hit with "Chasing Cars." It's been used in countless TV shows, movies, adverts and more. The song is the most-played on British radio over the last 20 years. 
Read more: Smooth Radio

Poker Face
Lady Gaga

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