Saturday, October 22, 2022

Music History Today: October 23, 2022

October 23, 1998: Pleasantville, starring Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon, opened in theaters. The film closes with a cover of John Lennon's "Across the Universe" by Fiona Apple. 

Pleasantville, starring Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon,  movie poster
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October 23, 1961: "Runaround Sue" by Dion spends two weeks at the top of the US music chart.

Dion started to put the song "Runaround Sue" together at an informal schoolyard birthday party in the Bronx for his friend Ellen. He got everyone to lay down a beat on boxes and bottles and to add doo-wop background harmonies to a clapping rhythm. When Dion came to record the song, he wanted to keep the same informal vibe. 

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October 23, 1971: The song entering highest on Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 20, is "Imagine," credited to John Lennon Plastic Ono Band.
The best-selling single of John Lennon's solo career, the lyrics to Imagine encourage listeners to imagine a world of peace, without materialism, without borders separating nations and without religion. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song's lyrics and content came from his wife, Yoko Ono. 
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October 23, 1974: Jamaican reggae artist Ken Boothe was at Number 1 on the UK singles chart with his cover of Bread's "Everything I Own."

Ken Boothe
Ken Boothe

October 23, 2004: Maroon 5 peaked at Number 5 in the US singles' chart with "She Will Be Loved."
"She Will Be Loved" tells the story of a girl who is dealing some issues and guy who is trying to help her work them out. "It's a song I wrote about a girl and a guy that I knew who had a tumultuous, troubled relationship," lead singer Adam Levine told Entertainment Tonight. 
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Across the Universe
Fiona Apple

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