Sunday, August 7, 2022

Music History Today: August 7, 2022

August 7, 1993: Radiohead broke into Billboard's Top 40 section with "Creep."
English journalist John Harris interviewed Radiohead's singer and songwriter, Thom Yorke, for the NME in October 1992. Thom explained “Creep” to him:

Radiohead 1993
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“‘When I wrote it,’ Thom remembers, staring at the floor like a child admitting to shoplifting, ‘I was in the middle of a really, really serious obsession that got completely out of hand. And it was unsuccessful, which made it even worse." 
Read more: The Ringer
August 7, 1971: Aretha Franklin blasted into Billboard's top 40 section, from Number 69 to 29, with her rendition of Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem."

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

August 7, 1973: The film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar is released.
August 7, 1973: The film adaptation of the Broadway play Jesus Christ Superstar was released.  Yvonne Elliman played Mary Magdalene in the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar . In 1977, she recorded "If I Can't Have You," a song written by the Bee Gees for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. 

Movie poster of Jesus Christ Superstar 1973

 Elliman's torch-song "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from the 1973 film reached the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 alongside with Helen Reddy's cover. Elliman ultimately reached Number 28. Reddy topped out at Number 13. 
Read more: Songfacts

August 7, 1982: Willie Nelson entered Billboard's Hot 100 with a cover of The Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me."

August 7, 1999: "She's All I Ever Had" by Ricky Martin entered Billboard's 100 at Number 63.

TIME magazine cover Ricky Martin May 14, 1999
TIME cover May 24, 1999
A slow-tempo pop and rock ballad, "She's All I Ever Had"  is the story of a man who misses his woman, while continuing to live and breathe for her. The song received widely positive reviews from music critics. 
Read more: Wikipedia


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