Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Music History Today: August 31, 2022

August 31, 1991: Metallica started a four-week run at Number 1 on the US album chart with their self-titled LP.

The best songs on Metallica's self-titled "Black Album" are the crushing, stripped-down grooves of "Enter Sandman," "Sad but True," and "Wherever I May Roam."
Metallica's self-titled LP
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"The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters" avoid the slash-and-burn guitar riffs that had always punctuated the band's ballads. The latter is a full-fledged love song complete with string section. 
Read more: Loudwire

August 31, 1963: The Miracles entered the top 40 setion of Billboard's 100 with "Mickey's Monkey."

Described by Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson as "One of our biggest records ever in life", "Mickey's Monkey" was a Billboard Top 10 Pop smash, reaching #8 on that chart, and a Top 10 R&B hit as well, reaching #3. It was the Miracles' third million-selling record in as many years.
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August 31, 1968: Cream peaked at Number 5 with "Sunshine of Your Love."

The lyric to "Sunshine of Your Love" was written by Pete Brown, a beat poet who was friends with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. He also wrote lyrics for "I Feel Free" and "White Room." Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce wrote the music. 
Read more: Songfacts


August  31, 1974: The Rolling Stones released Goat's Head Soup.

Goats Head Soup became the band’s fifth consecutive No.1 album in Britain on September 22 and their third in America. 

The Rolling Stones LP Goat's Head Soup

Topping the US charts for four weeks, it mirrored the performance of both Exile On Main St. and Sticky Fingers. In 2020, it became their 13th album bestseller and made the Stones the first band to top the long player listings in six different decades. 
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August 31, 1985:  Twenty years after it originally topped the UK chart for Sonny And Cher, "I Got You Babe" was a number one hit all over again for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde.

Nothing Else Matters

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