Friday, September 23, 2022

Music History Today: September 24, 2022

September 24, 1982: Prince's "1999" single was released. 

The 1999 album, which came out in 1982, was when the world caught onto Prince.

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He’d scored a hit with “I Wanna Be Your Lover” in 1979, but his Dirty Mind and Controversy albums failed to make waves in the mainstream. With 1999, his most explicit desire was to write hits. 
Read more: Rolling Stone
September 24, 1966: The Association started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "Cherish."

"Cherish" was the follow-up to The Association's first hit, "Along Comes Mary." The Association was popular in the Los Angeles area, but gained national fame when "Cherish" was released. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 24, 1977: Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" did stop at Number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Christine McVie wrote "Don't Stop" about leaving the past behind. She and John McVie (Fleetwood Mac's bass player) were splitting up, which inspired the lyrics. This caused some awkward moments, since John had to play a song written about him. 
Read more: Songfacts

September 24, 1988: After the song appeared in the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail, The Beach Boys made it to Number 40, on their way to Number 1, on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Kokomo." 

September 24, 1994: The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" made it to Number 40 in the US. It would top out at Number 16.

"I'll Stand by You," from the post-punk group's 1994 album Last of the Independents, was a surprise to almost everyone involved: its writers - a hitmaking duo from the '80s - its singer, and its audience. But there's no denying it was kind of a big deal. 
Read more: We Are Classic Rockers


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