Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Music History Today: September 21, 2022

September 21, 2002: Eminem topped out at Number 4 on the US music chart with "Cleanin' Out My Closet."

In this song Eminem talks about his mother who he feels neglected and mistreated him. 

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When he says "Remember when Ronnie died and you said you wished that was me," he is referring to his uncle Ronnie who committed suicide in 1991. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 21, 1963: Betty Harris entered the Billboard Hot 100 with a cover of Solomon Burke's "Cry To Me." 

September 21, 1968: A Country tune topped the Billboard Pop chart when Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." took over at Number 1.

When Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley PTA" in 1968, it not only became her most beloved hit to date, but also threw songwriter Tom T. Hall into the spotlight: The song became a major, international hit and has sold more than 6 million copies. 
Read more: The Boot


September 21, 1974: Carl Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Kung Fu Fighting."

Carl Douglas was a session singer for Pye records when he wrote "Kung Fu Fighting."

Carl Douglas
Carl Douglas

Kung Fu movies were very popular at the time. Douglas, who is from Jamaica, became the first Jamaican-born singer to have a Number 1 hit in the US. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 21, 1998: Faith No More released a cover of the Bee Gee's "I Started a Joke" from the album Who Cares a Lot?

Cleanin' Out My Closet

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