Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Music History Today: October 6, 2022

October 6, 1990: "Close to You" by Maxi Priest took over the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Maxi Priest had come up through the London sound-system scene of the ’80s, singing over reggae instrumentals at parties and street fairs and youth clubs.

"Close to You" by Maxi Priest
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By the time Priest became a chart-topping pop singer, he’d translated the reggae of those sound-system parties into something smoother and maybe blander. But Maxi Priest still represented an immigrant culture on a global stage. 
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October 6, 1956: Johnny Cash made a big move up Billboard's singles chart, from 62 to 43, with "I Walk the Line." It reached Number 17.

October 6, 1973: Cher's "Half-Breed" hit Number 1 for the first of two weeks.

Cher isn’t Romani, but that didn’t stop her from recording “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” her first solo Number 1.

Cher "Half-Breed"

And she isn’t half Cherokee, either, but that didn’t stop her from recording “Half-Breed,” her second chart-topper. Cher is a show-business survivor with a long and varied career. 
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October 6, 1979: Styx' "Babe" entered Billboard's Hot 100.

“Babe” was Styx' first and only US no. 1 single. It also went no. 9 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In the UK, the song was the band’s only Top 40 hit reaching no. 6. 
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October 6, 2001: At Number 51, the All-Star Tribute's cover of "What's Goin' On" entered the highest on the US music chart.

Close to You
Maxi Priest

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