Friday, December 2, 2022

Music History Today: December 2, 2022

December 2, 1978: Cheryl Lynn debuted "Got To Be Real" on Billboard's Hot 100.
Cheryl Lynn released "Got To Be Real" as her first single after being discovered on The Gong Show.

Cheryl Lynn 1978 Got To Be Real single cover 
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She sang a rendition of "You Are So Beautiful" that blew away the judges. The Gong Show wasn't a typical place to spot new talent, but Lynn made an impact on the show, drawing the attention of CBS Records. 
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December 2, 1967: The Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones album hit Number 1 in America.
The Monkees' band members played many of the instruments on their Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones LP themselves.

 The Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones album

Their record company had previously forbidden that. The record featured some of the earliest uses of the Moog synthesizer in popular music. The album's single, "Pleasant Valley Sunday," was a hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
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December 2, 1972: Steely Dan made the Billboard 200 for the first time when their debut album, Can't Buy a Thrill, landed at #197. It would peak at Number 17 and produce two hits: "Reelin' In the Years" and "Do It Again."

Steely Dan debut album, Can't Buy a Thrill

December 2, 1978: Dan Hartman's first hit as a solo artist, "Instant Replay," reached the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100. 
Dan Hartman was a member of The Edgar Winter Group from 1972-1976. He had the 1984 hit "I Can Dream About You." "Instant Replay" reached Number 8 on the UK Singles chart and Number 29 in the US. 
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December 2, 1995: Mariah Carey went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with her duet with Boyz II Men "One Sweet Day." It made Carey the first artist in history to have two consecutive singles debut at Number 1, with "Fantasy" being her first.

 Got To Be Real
 Cheryl Lynn

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