Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Music History Today: December 15, 2022

December 15, 1990: Pat & Mick debut on the US chart with a cover of Odyssey's "Use It Up And Wear It Out."

Pat & Mick
Pat & Mick
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December 15, 1958: "Run Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart. 
"Run Rudolph Run" is sometimes known as "Run Run Rudolph," which is how it appears on Lynyrd Skynyrd's cover. Other artists to record the song include Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffett, Dwight Yoakam, Bon Jovi, and Keith Richards. 
Read more: Songfacts

December 15, 1973: Black Oak Arkansas debuted on the US music chart with "Jim Dandy," released their most successful album, High on the Hog. 
"Jim Dandy" (sometimes known as "Jim Dandy to the Rescue") was first recorded by American R&B singer LaVern Baker in 1955. Her version It reached the top of the R&B chart and Number 17 on the US pop charts.

Black Oak Arkansas album High on the Hog 

In 1973 the song was covered by southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas. It hit Number 25 on the pop chart and featured Jim Mangrum (who had already been using "Jim Dandy" as a stage name before they covered the song) and female vocalist Ruby Starr trading off vocals. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 15, 1979: Supertramp peaked at Number 10 in the US with "Take the Long Way Home." 
Roger Hodgson explained that "Take the Long Way Home" is about a guy who thinks he's really cool ("So you think you're a Romeo, playing a part in a picture show"), but it seems that he's the only one who thinks that.

Supertramp Breakfast in America album cover

This implies that our hero avoids getting home because when he's on the road, he has a few more moments of being alone with his dreams, and in his dreams, he's a superstar. 
Read more: Songfacts
December 15, 2002: Blue featuring Elton John went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word."

Use It Up And Wear It Out
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