Monday, March 13, 2023

Music History Today: March 14, 2023

March 14, 1992: A crowd of almost 40,000 heard over fifty acts perform, including Paul Simon, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, the Highwaymen, Lorrie Morgan, and Ricky Van Shelton.

Farm Aid 1992 Willie Nelson Paul Simon
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March 14, 1965: Petula Clark made her American TV debut on CBS' "Ed Sullivan Show."

March 14, 1970: Brook Benton reached Number 1 on the R&B chart with "Rainy Night In Georgia."
"Rainy Night In Georgia" The song was written by the Louisiana swamp rocker Tony Joe White, who first recorded it on his second album, Continued, in 1968. The song is an ode to loneliness and fatalism, as it finds our hero outside in the rain with nowhere to go and no woman to love him. 
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March 14, 1987: Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram topped out at Number 2 with "Somewhere Out There," from the animated film An American Tail soundtrack.
Film composer James Horner teamed up with songwriting duo Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil to write "Somewhere Out There." Horner and Mann composed the music, while Weil composed the lyrics.

An American Tail animated film poster 

The song won two Grammy awards at the 1988 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. It was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals but lost to the Dirty Dancing hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." 
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March 14, 1998: The top song on Billboard's Dance chart was a cover of Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Byron Stingily.

Graceland (Live at Farm Aid 1992)
Paul Simon with Willie Nelson

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