Sunday, February 26, 2023

Music History Today: February 27, 2023

February 27, 2010: Josh Turner entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Why Don't We Just Dance."
"Why Don't We Just Dance" was Josh Turner's third country Number 1, following his two 2006 chart-toppers "Your Man" and "Would You Go With Me."

Josh Turner
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Turner said, "It's an up-tempo, traditional Country song that has a very catchy melody with a lyric that poses the question 'why don't we just dance?'" 
Read more: Songfacts
February 27, 1954: "Secret Love" by Doris Day hit the top of the US charts.
"Secret Love" was used in the film Calamity Jane. Doris Day played the title lead opposite the late Howard Keel. It won the 1953 Academy Award winner for Best Song.

Doris Day

She recorded the tune in less than 15 minutes. The liner notes from her A Day at the Movies compilation tell how she rode her bicycle to the studio, did one take with the full live orchestra, and the musical director was "grinning from ear to ear." 
Read more: Songfacts

February 27, 1965: The Zombies peaked at Number 6 in the US with "Tell Her No."
 "Tell Her No" was The Zombies' second single in the US and third in the UK. In this song, a guy knows that his girl will likely cheat on him, and he's telling another guy to reject her advances. 
Read more: Songfacts

February 27, 1971: Janis Joplin's album Pearl hit Number 1 in the US and stayed for nine weeks.

Janis Joplin's album Pearl photoshoot
Janis Joplin's album Pearl photoshoot
Janis Joplin's album Pearl featured the Number 1 hit "Me and Bobby McGee," written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster; Howard Tate's "Get It While You Can," showcasing her vocal range; and the original song "Mercedes Benz," co-written by Joplin, Bobby Neuwirth, and Michael McClure. 
Read more: Allmusic


February 27, 1980: Winners at the Grammy Awards included Song of the Year for "What A Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers, Album of the Year for Billy Joel's "52nd St," Best New Artist, Rickie Lee Jones, Best Disco Record to "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

Why Don't We Just Dance
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