Friday, September 16, 2022

Music History Today: September 16, 2022

September 16, 1999: Tom Jones released the studio album Reload. 

Tom Jones Reload album  cover
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For Reload, Tom Jones delivered one of the more invigorating workings of modern pop, Jones launches the disc with Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House." Then, with Stereophonics, he resurrects Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not to Come." 
Read more: AllMusic

September 16, 1960: Johnny Burnette recorded the original version of "You're 16, "which will rise to Number 8 in the US. Fourteen years later, Ringo Starr would take the same song to Number 1.

September 16, 1972: Uriah Heep moved to Number 40 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Easy Livin'."

"Easy Livin'" by Uriah Heep has long been a fun-time party song, a go-to for small-town cover bands on Saturday nights, sure to win over the crowds.  It makes sense, as the lyrics seem to about living a comfortable, stress-free life. Like Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" and Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing," however, the song is actually meant to be ironic. 
Read more: Songfacts


September 16, 1989: Gloria Estefan topped the Billboard singles chart with "Don't Wanna Lose You."

Gloria Estefan topped the Billboard singles chart with "Don't Wanna Lose You", a #6 hit in the UK.Gloria Estefan wrote and arranged “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” her second #1 single, by herself. 
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan

Where “Anything For You” is a heartbreak ballad, “Don’t Wanna Lose You” is more of a love song, but it’s not exactly overflowing with happiness. The song is an adult kind of love song, one that’s about the work of staying with someone for the rest of your life. 
Read more: Stereogum

September 16, 2019: Ringo Starr & Robbie Robertson provided the music for "The Weight." It was part of the "Playing For Change: Song Around The World" project. 

Mama Told Me Not To Come 
Tom Jones & Stereophonics

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