Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Music History Today: August 4, 2022

August 4, 1973: Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" entered Billboard's Hot 100. 
Cooper and his band recorded "Billion Dollar Babies" at a mansion they rented out to record the album in Greenwich, Connecticut, which is a very wealthy suburb of New York City.

"Billion Dollar Babies"
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As part of his stage show, Cooper would mutilate dolls when he performed this song. The tour for the album introduced the props Cooper became famous for, including the guillotine, the snake, and hundreds of cans of beer. 
Read more: Songfacts
August 4, 1962: A re-released "Summertime, Summertime" by The Jamies entered the Top 40 on Billboard's 100 for a second time at Number 38, where it peaked. It originally made it to Number 28 in 1958.

August 4, 1984: Chicago entered the US Top 100 music chart with "Hard Habit to Break." 
Chicago wrote most of their own songs, but they used outside writers on "Hard Habit to Break:" Steve Kipner and Jon Parker. Kipner also wrote "Physical" and "Genie in a Bottle." Parker has written many songs as well as music for TV shows, including the game show Family Feud. 
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August 4, 1990: "Cradle of Love" by Billy Idol peaked at Number 2 on the US music chart. 
On Feb. 6, 1990, Billy Idol was riding his motorcycle through Hollywood around 8:30 in the morning when he ran a stop sign and collided with a car. “Cradle of Love” was set for release in May.

Billy Idol

Naturally, the record label wanted a music video to help promote the track. David Fincher had already reached out to the musician’s manager and expressed an interest in working with Idol.  
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August 4, 2007: Lifehouse had a Top 40 hit on Billboard's music chart when "First Time" peaked at Number 26. 

Billion Dollar Babies
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