Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Music History Today: February 15, 2023

February 15, 1979: Disco ruled the 21st Grammy Awards when the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack won Album of the Year, The Bee Gees were named Best Pop Group, and Best Arrangement for Voices for "Staying Alive." Donna Summer's "Last Dance" won two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.

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February 15, 1964: Dionne Warwick peaked at Number 8 on Billboard's hot 100 with "Anyone Who Had a Heart."  Written by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was Warwick's first US Top 10 single.

February 15, 1967: The group now known as Chicago formed.
Chicago began at a meeting involving saxophonist Walter Parazaider, guitarist Terry Kath, drummer Danny Seraphine, trombonist James Pankow, trumpet player Lee Loughnane, and keyboardist/singer Robert Lamm. Their first record, titled Chicago Trnsit Authority,  was a double album that included several pop-rock songs – "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings," "Questions 67 and 68," and "I'm a Man" – which were later released as singles. 
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February 15, 1969: Sly and the Family Stone started a four-week run atop the US singles chart with their first Number 1, "Everyday People."
Sly Stone wrote "Everyday People" about how everyone is essentially the same, regardless of race or background. Sly & the Family Stone was a mash-up of musical styles, with band members of different genders and ethnic backgrounds. Billy Preston played organ on this track. 
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February 15, 1975: Linda Ronstadt broke through when her album, Heart Like a Wheel, and single, "You're No Good," simultaneously hit Number 1 in America. 
"You're No Good" was initially recorded by Dee Dee Warwick in 1963. Her version stalled at #117. Betty Everett's cover went to 51 in 1964. Like Ronstadt, Everett had a powerful voice. The song was a massive breakthrough for Ronstadt, who became one of the biggest stars of the '70s. 
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