Thursday, September 22, 2022

Music History Today: September 23, 2022

September 23, 2002: Randy Newman won the Oscar for Best Original Song with "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc.

Monsters, Inc. movie poster
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September 23, 1969: The movie Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid premiered. B.J. Thomas provided the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head."

Movie Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid 1969

September 23, 1970: Santana released the studio album Abraxas.

Santana Abraxas

With Abraxas, Santana hit their stride. Whether adding rock elements to salsa king Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," embracing instrumental jazz-rock on "Incident at Neshabur" and "Samba Pa Ti," or tackling moody blues-rock on Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," Santana kept things unpredictable yet cohesive. 
Read more: Allmusic

September 23, 1989: Tina Turner moved into the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "The Best."
"The Best" was originally recorded by Bonnie Tyler on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart.

Tina Turner
Tina Turner 

Tyler's version went to Number 95 in the UK and wasn't released as a single in America. Tina Turner released it as the lead single from her Foreign Affair album and her version was an international hit. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 23, 2003: Rufus Wainwright released the album Want One.
Rufus Wainwright croons and cries through a set of obscenely lush and opulent pop operettas on his Want One LP. The songs are meticulously layered and richly textured, with full orchestral passages and many-throated harmonies.  
Read more Allmusic

If I Didn't Have You
Monsters, Inc.

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