Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Music History Today: February 9, 2023

February 9, 2009: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this year's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. 

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
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February 9, 1959: Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" hit Number 1 for the first of four weeks.
Over 400 different artists have covered "Stagger Lee" since the first recording in 1923. It tells the story of a murder. On Christmas Eve, 1895, in a St. Louis saloon, "Stag" Lee Shelton, a black pimp, shot William "Billy" Lyons. Eyewitnesses say Billy snatched Stag's Stetson hat. 
Read more: Stagger Lee

February 9, 1983: Prince released "Little Red Corvette."
"Little Red Corvette" became Prince's first Top 10 US hit, peaking at 6 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Prince  Little Red Corvette

The album version runs 5:03, but the radio edit was chopped down to 3:08." The result was his most radio-friendly single, with more shiny keyboards and less raw funk than much of his earlier material. 
Read more: Songfacts

February 9, 1991: C&C Music Factory topped Billboard's Hot 100 with "Gonna Make You Sweat."
Martha Wash belted out "Everybody Dance Now!" for C7C Music Factory's hit. She was a member of The Weather Girls ("It's Raining Men") and provided vocals for the group Black Box.  Wash was replaced in the video by a slender singer/model named Zelma Davis, who lip-synched her lines. Wash's name didn't make the initial album credits, either. 
Read more: Songfacts

February 9, 2005: At the Brit Awards, Joss Stone won British female solo artist, and "Angels" by Robbie Williams was voted the best song in the past 25 years of British music. 

Can't Let Go
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

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