Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Music History Today: December 22, 2022

December 22, 2004: A film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera opened in the US. 
Directed by Joel Schumacher, The Phantom of the Opera stars Gerard Butler, who had no singing experience.
The Phantom of the Opera movie poster 2004
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He was provided with music lessons before filming began. The movie was well-received by audiences. Critics praised the visuals and Butler's performance but criticized the writing, directing, and unnecessary deviations from the stage version. 
Read more: Wikipedia
December 22, 1949: Robin Gibb was born in Isle Of Man, England.

With his older brother Barry and twin brother Maurice, Robin Gibb performed as the Bee Gees. Barry and Robin wrote "To Love Somebody" for Otis Redding. The Bee Gees recorded it in mid-June 1967. Redding died in a plane crash later that year before having a chance to record the song. 
Read more: Allmusic


December 22, 1958: The last two weeks of 1958 and the first two of 1959 saw "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" by The Chipmunks with David Seville at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. 

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)

December 22, 1973: The Staple Singers topped out at Number 9 in the US with "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)." 
"If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)" was written by Raymond Jackson, Carl Hampton, and Homer Banks, who were songwriters for Stax Records in Memphis. They were about to go to their favorite lunch spot, the Four Way Grill, when Jackson called out, "If you're ready, come go with me." They started working on a song based on that phrase and had it finished by lunchtime the next day. 
Read more: Songfacts


December 22, 1990: Whitney Houston debuted nearly halfway up Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 53,  with "All the Man I Need."
Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore wrote "All the Man that I Need" for disco singer Linda Clifford. Clifford's version didn't take off.

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Sister Sledge covered the track as a duet with David Simmons but it became a massive hit when Whitney Houston's mentor Clive Davis had Houston record it. 
Read more: Songfacts


Music of the Night
Gerard Butler

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