Sunday, October 16, 2022

Music History Today: October 17, 2022

October 17, 1998: "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies hits Number 1 in the US, where it stays for one week.

"One Week" by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies is notable for its significant number of pop culture references.

Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies

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The band hasn't equaled this success in the US since, though "Pinch Me" from their subsequent album Maroon broke into the top 20 of the US Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

October 17, 1964: Manfred Mann started a two week run at Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy."

When the songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich wrote "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" they were trying to recreate the gibberish gold they struck on The Crystals hit "Da Doo Ron Ron." The tune was first recorded in 1963 by The Exciters. 
Read more: Songfacts

October 17, 1972: Haitian rapper, musician Wyclef Jean, who with The Fugees had the 1996 UK Number 1 single "Killing Me Softly."

Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean

October 17, 1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd released "Street Survivors" three days before vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Steve's sister and their road manager died in a plane crash.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors

October 17, 1988: The single "Handle with Care" was released from the album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1.

"Handle With Care" was the debut single of the Traveling Wilburys from the album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1.

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1.

It was also the first recording the group did. The Wilburys were George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Bob Dylan. The track was written by George Harrison. 
Read more: Norseland Rock

One Week
Barenaked Ladies 

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