Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Music History Today: February 16, 2023

February 16, 1991: The Simpsons went to the top of the UK singles chart with "Do The Bartman."
Michael Jackson and Bryan Loren wrote "Do The Bartman," which made The Simpsons the first cartoon character to go Number 1 since the Archies hit "Sugar Sugar" in 1969.
Do The Bartman single
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Jackson was a massive fan of The Simpsons and called the producers one night, offering to write Bart a top-selling single and do a guest spot on the show. 
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February 16, 1966: James Brown recorded "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" at Bob Gallo's Talentmasters studio in New York.
James Brown's track "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" was taped as if it were a sermon shouted from the pulpit. It lists man's life-enhancing inventions, but the singer admits he would be nothing without a woman.
James Brown
James Brown
James Brown developed the impassioned ballad from some lyrics written by Betty Newsome. Her words were derived from the Bible and her observations of some ex-boyfriends, including the Godfather of Soul. 
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February 16, 1971: Aretha Franklin recorded a cover of Ben E King's "Spanish Harlem."

February 16, 1985: DeBarge had a new song on the American music chart with "Rhythm Of the Night."
"Rhythm Of the Night" was the first of songwriter Diane Warren's many Top 10 songs. Warren penned this tune for the 1985 Motown-produced martial arts movie The Last Dragon, which starred the Prince ingenue Vanity in the female lead. Motown head Berry Gordy was the film's executive producer, and DeBarge was signed to his Gordy label. It was the biggest hit for the family group DeBarge. 
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February 16, 1998: It's Raining Men: The Sequel by Martha Wash and RuPaul was released in the UK.
Martha Wash first became prominent with Izora Redman as Two Tons of Fun. They were Sylvester's backup singers on "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)." Wash and Redman recorded the original "It's Raining Me" as the Weather Girls.

Do The Bartman
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