Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Music History Today: September 29, 2022

September 29, 2020: Helen Reddy, whose hit "I Am Woman" sound-tracked the women's rights movement in the '70s, died at 78.

The #1 Grammy-winning "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy became the anthem of the feminist movement during the radical 1970s and her signature song.

Helen Reddy
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Many decades later this is the hit people still remember her for, despite the fact she had a host of other "top ten" records over the course of her long career.  
Read more: IMDB

September 29, 1958: "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaked at 8 on the charts.

Eddie Cochran was 19 when he recorded "Summertime Blues." It was supposed to be the B-side of "Love Again," which was written by 17-year-old Sharon Sheeley. It was clear that this was the bigger hit, but Sheeley eventually became Cochran's girlfriend. She was in the car when it crashed and killed him in 1960. Sheeley provided the hand claps on this. 
Read more: Songfacts


September 29, 1962: County star Hank Snow started its climb on Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 88, with "I've Been Everywhere."

“I’ve Been Everywhere” was written and first performed by Australian entertainer Geoff Mack in 1959, and dotted with some 90 places on the Aussie map in its rapid-fire lyrics. Opening with the line, “I was humpin’ my bluey,” which is basically Australian slang for carrying a sleeping bag, the tune first became a hit for another Australian pop-rock artist, Lucky Starr, in 1962. Read more: Rolling Stone

September 29, 1975: Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live onstage. 

Jackie Wilson was on stage performing "Lonely Teardrops" when he collapsed at a New Jersey nightclub. It was later determined that he had suffered a heart attack.

Jackie Wilson

Wilson went into a coma, from which he never recovered. By 1977, he was living at a retirement community in New Jersey, where he needed constant care. 
Read more: Biography

September 29,  2001: U2's "Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

"Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" about Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS who killed himself in 1997. He and Bono were close friends. The song is both a tribute to Hutchence and message of understanding, letting anyone going through a rough time know that it will pass. 
Read more: Songfacts


I Am Woman
Helen Reddy

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