Thursday, March 23, 2023

Music History Today: March 24, 2023

March 24, 2002: Gareth Gates became the youngest male solo artist to score a UK Number 1 with his debut release, a cover of "Unchained Melody."

Gareth Gates
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Gareth Gates was 17 years and 255 days old when he hit the top of the UK charts with "Unchained Melody." He won second place on TV's Pop Idol show. This was the fourth time the song had been Number 1 in the UK. 
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March 24, 1958: The Monotones entered the US music chart with "Book of Love."
A doo-wop act from Newark, New Jersey, The Monotones considered "Book of Love" a goof and had no plans to record it, but it got a great reaction when they performed it. They decided to record the song when they got word that a rival group would rip it off. After singing it for different record companies, they found a taker in Argo Records, which recorded and distributed it. The song was the only hit for The Monotones. 
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March 24, 1971: The British-French teen-romance film Friends was released in the US.

Friends movie poster 1971

The soundtrack to the movie Friends, composed by Elton John and Paul Buckmaster with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, was released as John's Friends album. His recording of the title selection charted when released as a single in the United States, reaching Number 34 on Billboard's Hot 100. 
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March 24, 1984: "Got a Hold on Me" by Christine McVie topped out at Number 10 on the US Hot 100 chart.

"Got a Hold on Me" was Christine McVie's only top-10 solo hit in the United States. Synthesizers on the track were played by Steve Winwood.
Christine McVie album cover art
The guitars were played by Todd Sharp (the song's co-writer) and McVie's Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. 
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March 24, 1990: Giant debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 with "I'll See You in My Dreams." The track peaked at Number 20. It's their only Top 40 hit on that chart, making them a one-hit-wonder.

Unchained Melody
Gareth Gates

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