Saturday, February 4, 2023

Music History Today: February 4, 2023

February 4, 2007: Prince wowed at the Super Bowl halftime show, closing with an otherworldly rendition of "Purple Rain" in the rain.

Prince Super Bowl halftime
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February 4, 1967: The Monkees' self-titled debut album started a seven-week run at Number 1 on the UK chart. "Last Train to Clarksville," issued as a single shortly before the album release, topped Billboard's Hot 100.

February 4, 1974: Pink Floyd released the single "Time" as the B-Side to "Us and Them" in the US.
"Time" by Pink Floyd is about how time slips by. Roger Waters got the idea when he realized he was no longer preparing for anything in life but was right in the middle of it. He had just turned 28.

Pink Floyd

 The song starts with layers of clock noises that were put together by Pink Floyd's engineer, Alan Parsons. Parsons wanted to use the clocks to demonstrate a new quadraphonic sound system, but instead, they used them to open the song. 

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February 4, 1984: Culture Club started a three-week run at Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Karma Chameleon."

Culture Club Karma Chameleon
Boy George explained in The Billboard Book of #1 Hits by Fred Bronson that "Karma Chameleon" " about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody. If you aren't true and don't act as you feel, you get Karma-justice." 
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February 4, 1993: Bill Murray woke every morning to the Sonny and Cher song "I Got You Babe" when the movie Groundhog Day premiered at Fox Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Super Bowl Halftime Show

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