Monday, February 13, 2023

Music History Today: February 14, 2023

February 14, 1992: The film Wayne's World premiered in the US, featuring appearances by Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper. The use of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the film propelled the song to Number 2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.

Wayne's World movie poster
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February 14, 1965: Otis Redding recorded "Respect" at Atlantic Studio, New York City.

Otis Redding wrote and recorded "Respect" with only verses, no chorus or bridge. Aretha Franklin took King Curtis' sax solo from Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," recorded the previous night for Stax Records, and used it for the bridge. 
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February 14, 1976: Electric Light Orchestra topped out at Number 10 in the US with "Evil Woman."

"Evil Woman" was recorded by ELO at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany, sometime in early to mid-1975. Jeff Lynne wrote the song on a piano in the studio on the last days of recording.

Electric Light Orchestra 1976
Electric Light Orchestra

During the instrumental break in the song, when the synthesizer plays, right before the chorus starts up the second time, if you play it backward, you can hear the synthesizer sound that plays in another song by the Electric Light Orchestra: "Nightrider."  
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February 14, 1981: Steely Dan made it to Number 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Hey Nineteen."

In Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen," an older man seduces a 19-year-old girl. He's a bit conflicted, as her inexperience frustrates him when she doesn't even remember Aretha Franklin. However, on this particular night and with the help of some Cuervo Gold tequila, everything is perfect. 
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February 14, 2010: Everybody Hurts, recorded to help Haiti's earthquake victims, debuted at Number 1 on the UK singles chart. The REM cover -  featuring Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, and Take That - sold over 453,000 copies in its first week. 

Bohemian Rhapsody
Wayne's World

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