Monday, December 19, 2022

Music History Today: December 20, 2022

December 20, 1996: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was released in the US. The Red Hot Chili Peppers covered "Love Rollercoaster" for the soundtrack.

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

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December 20, 1969: The Hollies entered the US Top 100 with "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" was composed by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell, who was to die shortly after the song's release in 1970 from cancer. The song, recorded by Manchester based super group, the Hollies with Elton John guesting on the piano, enjoyed tremendous commercial success. 
Read more: Music Banter


December 20, 1975: Greg Lake entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "I Believe in Father Christmas."
Greg Lake was the lead singer and guitarist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The group rarely released singles, and cracked the UK Top 40 just once, with "Fanfare for the Common Man" in 1977. Like "I Believe In Father Christmas," that song also made it to #2. 
Read more: Songfacts


December 20, 1980: Pat Benatar topped out at Number 9 with "Hit Me with Your Best Shot."

Released as the second single from her second album, Crimes of Passion, it was her first Top 10 hit in the US. In a 2022 interview, Benatar told USA Today that she would no longer perform the song in protest of mass shootings in the United States. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 20, 2016: A Christmas flash mob video of "Feliz Navidad," shot in a German mall, is uploaded to YouTube generating comments like: "So wonderful to see people doing good things!" and "OMG, this is so beautiful I cried." 

Love Rollercoaster
Red Hot Chili Peppers

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