Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Music History Today: August 3, 2022

August 3, 1985: "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at Number 5 on Billboard's singles' chart. 
"Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen was the fifth single released from his 1984 album Born in the U.S.A.

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The lyrics to the first verse are autobiographical, being a recount of an encounter Springsteen had with former Little League baseball teammate Joe DePugh in the summer of 1973. 
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August 3, 1957: At 99,  Huey (Piano) Smith and the Clowns entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu." 
"Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" was written and originally recorded by Huey 'Piano' Smith in 1957. It peaked at number 52 on the Top 100 chart and number 5 on the Most Played R&B by Jockeys chart. 
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August 3, 1963: "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Ben E. King moved into Billboard's Top 40. 
"I (Who Have Nothing)" is an English language cover of the Italian song "Uno dei Tanti" (English: "One of Many"). The initial version was performed by Joe Sentieri in 1961. The song was first recorded in English by Ben E. King in 1963 with new lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. 
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August 3, 1968: Donovan topped out at Number 5 on the US chart with "Hurdy Gurdy Man." 
Official accounts of the the song “Hurdy Gurdy Man” state categorically that Donovan wrote it while he was in India with The Beatles. A close friend of George Harrison and meditation devotee, Donovan was invited to join The Beatles at Rishikesh, India, to study with the Maharishi in February of 1968.  
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August 3, 1974: "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" by Steely Dan made it to Number 4 on the US singles' chart. 
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were reserved and taciturn individuals, but they shared a similar intellectual bent and manic love for modal jazz, old-school R&B, and the earliest days of funk. They were unlike any two other people in the entire world, so it must have been fate that they found each other at Bard College during the late 1960s. 
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