Saturday, December 3, 2022

Music History Today: December 4, 2022

December 4, 1971: The New Seekers debuted on the US music chart with "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)." The song was inspired by a Coke-a-Cola jingle.

Hillside Singers Coca-Cola I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
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December 4, 1928: The musical Whoopee! Opened on Broadway, where Eddie Cantor first performed the song "Makin' Whoopee."
Musical Whoopee! movie poster

December 4, 1960: The Crickets released the single "I Fought the Law" on Coral Records.

"I Fought the Law" was written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets. A remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top-ten hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 4, 1971: The Montreaux Casino was destroyed by fire during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

On December 4th, 1971 at the Montreux Casino, Geneva, Switzerland, Frank Zappa & The Mothers took to the stage. A deranged fan fired a flare gun at the band. It started a fire that left the venue in smoldering ruins. It also saw the birth of one of the most famous songs ever written, Deep Purple’s "Smoke on the Water." 
Read more: Farout Magazine


December 4, 1982: Adam Ant made a big move on the US chart, from 61 to 45, with "Goody Two Shoes."

Adam Ant wrote wrote "Goody Two Shoes" about the press, who were always asking about his personal life. His only vice was sex - no drugs, alcohol or even cigarettes. This led to predictable questions from the press wondering if he didn't drink or smoke, then what exactly did he do? 
Read more: Songfacts

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
The New Seekers

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