Friday, September 30, 2022

Music History Today: October 1, 2022

October 1, 1977: Meco took over at Number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart with “Star Wars” Theme / Cantina Band (Medley)."

Meco goes by the real name of Domenico Monardo, and he is both band leader and record producer.

Meco Star Wars” Theme / Cantina Band (Medley)."

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Along with “Star Wars” Theme / Cantina Band (Medley),"  he also released similar pieces based on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Wizard of Oz, and other blockbuster films. He even charted as late as 1982 with "Pop Goes the Movies," a medley of film homages. 
Read more: Songfacts

October 1, 1962: The Beach Boys first album, "Surfin' Safari," was released. October 1, 1962: The Beach Boys' debut album "Surfin' Safari" was released. The title track's B-side, "409," was the first vocal hot rod classic. "Surfin'" was their debut single.

October 1, 1966: Johnny Rivers made a big his third week on the US' singles chart, from Number 72 to 42, with "Poor Side of Town." He co-wrote it with Lou Adler. It went on to become his only US Number 1 hit. 

October 1, 1983: "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" hit Number 1 in the US, making Bonnie Tyler the first Welsh singer to top the chart.

October 1, 1983: "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" was written and produced by Jim Steinman. Steinman rarely divulged the meaning behind his lyrics, but he did say this one was a tribute to the 1922 vampire film Nosferatu, an adaptation of the Dracula story. 
Read more: Songfacts

October 1, 1994: R.E.M. entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 singles with "What's Your Frequency, Kenneth?" 

"What's Your Frequency, Kenneth?" was the first piece of music to be released by R.E.M. that included a lyric sheet. The song is about an incident that took place on October 4, 1986, when the CBS news anchor Dan Rather was attacked on a New York City sidewalk by a crazed man yelling "Kenneth, what is the frequency."  
Read more: Wikipedia


"Star Wars” Theme/Cantina Band (Medley)

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