Monday, February 6, 2023

Music History Today: February 7, 2023

February 7, 1987: Madonna had a US Number 1 hit with "Open Your Heart." 

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Gardner Cole and Peter Rafelson wrote "Open Your Heart"  for Cyndi Lauper, but she never got to hear the demo. Madonna recorded it after altering some lyrics and adding a bassline to make it a dance track. 
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February 7, 1963: The first Beatles single was released in the US: "Please Please Me."
Precisely one year after the Beatles released thier first US single - on February 7, 1964 - Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.


February 7, 1970: "Venus" by The Shocking Blue hit Number 1 in the US.
Shocking Blue's guitarist Robbie Van Leeuwen wrote "Venus". The group is from The Netherlands, which led to problems when lead singer Mariska Veres sang the English lyrics. Instead of "A goddess on the mountain top," Van Leeuwen wrote "A goddness on the mountain top." That's how Veres sang it. The result was a Number 1 hit with a misspoken first line, thanks to a typo. 
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February 7, 1976: Paul Simon had his first solo US Number 1 with "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover." 
Paul Simon's younger brother Eddie said in an interview that Paul made up "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" while teaching his son how to rhyme. Even though he didn't take the lyrics too seriously, it's an interesting song, particularly for those who feel trapped in bad relationships. 
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February 7, 1981: Kool and the Gang had their only American Number 1 hit with "Celebration." 
"Celebration" by Kool and the Gang was foreshadowed by "Ladies Night," with the lyrics "Come on, let's all celebrate." The music is appropriate for everything from a bar mitzvah to graduation because the lyrics are so generic, referring to a "party," "good times," and a "celebration." 
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