Sunday, February 12, 2023

Music History Today: February 12, 2023

February 12, 2000: The artist that entered Billboard's Hot 100 at the highest point, Number 15, was Santana with "Maria, Maria." The vocals were performed by an R&B duo, Product G&B.  

Santana ft. Product G&B Maria, Maria
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February 12, 1966: The Batman Theme from the popular TV show, written and performed by Neal Hefti, entered Billboard's Hot 100.
The Batman Theme song is reminiscent of spy film scores and surf music. It was composed by Neal Hefti, who later wrote the score for The Odd Couple television program.

Batman and Robin 1966 television series
Batman and Robin 1966 television series

 The Batman Theme has been parodied for over half a century since its debut. The theme has been re-recorded by dozens of artists, including Link Wray, Voivod, The Jam, The Who, and The Kinks. 

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February 12, 1972: Al Green had his only US Number 1 hit when "Let's Stay Together" topped the chart. 

Al Green "Let's Stay Together"
Al Green didn't want to record "Let's Stay Together" and argued with his producer, Willie Mitchell, before agreeing to cut it. Al did about 100 takes before he was satisfied but wanted to know if the song was good. Mitchell told him it "had magic on it." 
Read more: Songfacts

February 12, 1983: After The Fire debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Der Kommissar." 
"Der Kommissar" was initially recorded in German by the Austrian singer Falco, who had a Number 1 hit in the US in 1986 with "Rock Me, Amadeus."

After The Fire  Der Kommissar

His version of "Der Kommissar" was a dance-floor favorite in Europe but unlikely to crack the American charts, so Falco encouraged English-speaking bands to record this song so he could make inroads in the States. 
Read more: Songfacts

February 12, 2005: Lifehouse entered the US music chart, on the way to Number 5, with "You and Me."
Lifehouse's "You and Me" spent 62 weeks on the Hot 100, breaking the record for the most extended stay for a track by a rock band. The Lumineers' "Ho Hey later equaled the record." Lifehouse lead singer Jason Wade wrote it for his girlfriend, Braeden, whom he married in 2001. The track became a very popular wedding song. 
Read more: Songfacts


Maria, Maria
Santana ft. Product G&B

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