Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Music History Today: December 1, 2022

December 1, 2005: The National Film Registry inducted Rocky Horror Picture Show for its historical, cultural and aesthetic contributions to film. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) get stuck with a flat tire during a storm and discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster
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December 1, 1957: It was a big night on Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly and the Crickets (performed "That'll Be The Day"), Sam Cooke (performed "You Send Me"), and The Rays (performed "Silhouettes") all perform for the first time on national TV.

December 1, 1971: John Lennon released "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in the US.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in their New York City hotel room and recorded it during the evening of October 28 and into the morning of the 29th, 1971, at the Record Plant in New York. It was released in the US for Christmas, but didn't chart. The next year, it was released in the UK, where it did much better, charting at #4. Eventually, the song became a Christmas classic in America, but it took a while. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 1, 1989: Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, hit theaters in the U.S. The powerhouse songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote the theme song, and Mavis Staples sang it. 

Christmas Vacation movie poster 1989

December 1, 1990: Chris Isaak entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Wicked Game."

The song "Wicked Game" got a big boost when an instrumental version was featured in the 1990 movie Wild At Heart, which was directed by David Lynch and starred Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage.

Wild At Heart 1990 movie poster

Lee Chesnut, who was music director of an Atlanta radio station and a huge fan of David Lynch films, helped popularize this song when he added it to his playlist after watching Wild At Heart. The song gradually gained an audience and charted in the US 18 months after Isaak's album Heart Shaped World was released. 
Read more: Songfacts


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