Thursday, December 22, 2022

Music History Today: December 23, 2022

December 23, 1972: Bette Midler's cover of "Do You Want to Dance" entered Billboard's Hot 100. 

Bette Midler
Bette Midler
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December 23, 1941: Tim Hardin was born in Eugene, Oregon.
Tim Hardin wrote "Reason To Believe," popularized by Rod Stewart, and "If I Were A Carpenter," a top ten hit for Bobby Darin.

Tim Hardin
Tim Hardin

Hardin's heroin habit grew in the late '60s, and his albums became more erratic, although he did appear at Woodstock. He didn't complete any albums after 1973, dying of a drug overdose in 1980. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 23, 1964: After performing their Christmas hit "Little Saint Nick" on the TV show Shindig!, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson has a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston. Wilson stops performing, and Glen Campbell replaces him on tour.


December 23, 1989: Phil Collins started a four-week run at Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Another Day In Paradise."
"Another Day In Paradise" addresses the consequences of ignoring the needy and homeless. A rare Phil Collins hit with a socially conscious message, it won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It also won the 1990 Brit Award for Best Single. 
Read more: Songfacts

December 23, 1995: Collective Soul moved into the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "The World I Know." 
"The World I Know" has an expressive video about a businessman becoming disillusioned with the world and impulsively deciding to kill himself, before being saved by a pigeon who lands on his arm and cheers him up right when he is about to jump. 
Read more: Songfacts

 

Do You Want to Dance
Bette Midler

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