Thursday, March 9, 2023

Music History Today: March 10, 2023

March 10, 2005: A survey by Music Choice found that "Angels" by Robbie Williams was the song Britons would most like played at their funeral. Frank Sinatra's "My Way" was second, and Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" was voted third.

Monty Python Life of Brian movie poster
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March 10, 1954: Tina Charles, best known for her 1970s hit "I Love to Love (But My Baby Just Loves to Dance)," was born in Whitechapel, London.
Tina Charles began her career as a backing singer and session musician and recorded her first solo single in 1969 with a then-unknown Elton John playing piano. During the early 1970s, she supplied vocals for the Top of the Pops album series of cover versions of contemporary hits. Her disco anthem was a UK chart-topper. 
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March 10, 1966: The Beach Boys began recording "God Only Knows."
In America, "God Only Knows" peaked at a lowly Number 39 in September 1966 and would only be truly appreciated much later. It did far better in the UK, where it went to Number 2 in August behind The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." That November, The Beach Boys played the song at some London concerts, where they first saw its impact. 
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March 10, 1984: Cyndi Lauper peaked at Number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" from her She's So Unusual album.

Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual album
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" became an anthem for female attitudes and set fashion trends as the video showed Cyndi Lauper wearing bright, outrageous clothes that looked like they came from a thrift store (they often did). It set the stage for artists like Madonna: independent women wearing cheap yet fashionable clothes with a taste for flashy accessories. 
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March 10, 1994: The Offspring released their breakthrough hit "Come Out and Play."
"Come Out and Play" was written after a trip to the Middle East, which inspired Offspring frontman Dexter Holland to write the catchy guitar riff. The phrase, "Gotta keep 'em separated," came from when Holland was in medical school. He was experimenting with bacteria and left the vials in a room to cool down for an hour. Upon return, the bacteria were still warm because the two samples interacted. After all, the vials were close to each other. Dexter thought, "I gotta keep 'em separated," and decided to use it to tie the new song together. 
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