Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Music History Today: February 22, 2023

February 22, 2001: At the 43rd Grammy Awards, Eminem won Best Rap Album for "The Marshall Mathers LP."
Eminem's "Marshall  Mathers" album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, staying atop for eight consecutive weeks.

Eminem "The Marshall Mathers LP."
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It shattered sales records with 1.7 million copies sold in the first week alone, 6.5 million in the first month, and over 35 million sold worldwide. It's still the best-selling rap record of all time. 
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February 22, 1958: The Crickets moved into Billboard's top 40 section, from Number 76 to 40, with "Maybe Baby."
Charles Hardin and Norman Petty wrote it. Hardin is Buddy Holly (real name Charles Hardin Holley), and Petty was his producer and manager. Holly had a deal with Decca Records where some songs were released under his name, and others credited to the band. 
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February 22, 1975: Scottish group The Average White Band hit the top of the US singles chart with "Pick Up The Pieces." Their album, AWB, also made it to Number 1 on the US chart.
In spite of their name, AWB was that rarest of musical species: a band out of Scotland that specialized in R&B funk. This high-spirited instrumental (the only lyrics being the occasional chanting of the song's title) was their signature tune. 
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February 22, 1989: A category for Heavy Metal was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Metallica performed "One" at the ceremony in Los Angeles, but Jethro Tull won for the album Crest of the Knave.

February 22, 1993: Radiohead released their first album, Pablo Honey. 

Radiohead  Pablo Honey album cover
Radiohead's singles "Creep," "Anyone Can Play Guitar," and "Stop Whispering" from their debut album Pablo Honey initially made little impact. However, "Creep" gradually gained international radio play, reaching number seven on the UK Singles Chart after it was reissued in 1993.  
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