Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Music History Today: August 23, 2022

August 23, 2003: Maroon 5 made their first appearance on Billboard's Hot 100 chart when "Harder to Breathe" entered at Number 76.
Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine admitted "Harder to Breathe" describes the band's frustration with their label during the making of their debut album, Songs About Jane.

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The band thought they had enough material for a release, but when the label told them to keep writing, Levine wrote this song in frustration at the pressure. 
Read more: Wikipedia
August 23, 1969: Louisiana singer-songwriter Tony Joe White made it to Number 8 with "Polk Salad Annie."
Tony Joe White was known as a one-of-a-kind singer and writer. In the summer of 1969, he was all over the airwaves, playing a funky blues guitar and singing about some kind of vegetable dish most people above the Mason-Dixon Line had never heard of. Enough eventually bought the record to send it to the top 10 on Billboard. The song was “Polk Salad Annie.”  
Read more: American Songwriter

August 23, 1975: War's "Why Can't We be Friends" makes it to Number 6 on the US music chart. 
War started in the early '60s as The Creators. They became the first black band to be booked on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. As they evolved into War the band integrated, playing with white musicians like Eric Burdon, who was their lead singer for two albums. 
Read more: Songfacts

August 23, 1980: David Bowie scored a second Number 1 in the UK when "Ashes To Ashes" topped the singles chart.
After launching himself to stardom in 1969 with his first hit single, "Space Oddity," he spent a decade morphing from Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to Halloween Jack to The Thin White Duke. 

David Bowie

By the end of the '70s, however, he dispensed with such alter egos. Instead, he absorbed them all into a single if mercurial persona, one known simply as David Bowie. And that persona hinged on "Ashes To Ashes." 
Read more: NPR

August 23, 1999: An English electronic music production duo, under the name of Shaft, released the remixed dance single "(Mucho Mambo) Sway."

Harder to Breathe
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