Sunday, March 12, 2023

Music History Today: March 13, 2023

March 13, 1984: The Cars released the album Heartbeat City.
About the album Heartbeat City, music critic Robert Christgau noted, "the glossy approach the Cars invented has made this the best year for pure pop in damn near twenty years."

The Cars Heartbeat City album cover
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Numerous tracks from the album received airplay on modern rock and AOR stations, with the singles "Drive" and "You Might Think" reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, while the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. 
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March 13: 1939: Neil Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Neil Sedaka started taking piano lessons in the second grade and joined the Juilliard School of Music at eight. He continued his training there until he was 16.

Neil Sedaka
Neil Sedaka

"Oh! Carol" established Sedaka as a singer, peaking at Number 9 on the Hot 100. He continued to release hits until Beatle mania hit the USA. He became famous as a songwriter and concert artist and made a comeback in the 1970s. 
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March 13, 1964: Mary Wells released the single "My Guy." 
The first female star for the record label, Mary Wells, also became the first to dare to leave when 20th Century Fox wooed her with a $200,000 advance and potential movie roles. Motown mogul Berry Gordy allegedly coerced radio stations into keeping Wells' new records off the airwaves, but she still scored a hit with "Ain't That the Truth" and "Use Your Head." Her contract with 20th Century Fox dissolved the following year. 
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March 13, 1971: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer first appeared on Billboard, at Number 92, with "Lucky Man."

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer single Lucky Man

March 13, 1977: Iggy Pop kicked off a North American leg of The Idiot World Tour at Le Plateau Theatre, Montreal, Canada. David Bowie was in the band, playing keyboards and supplying backing vocals. Blondie was the opening act on this leg of the tour.

You Might Think
The Cars

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