Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Music History Today: March 29, 2023

March 29, 1997: Celine Dion entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 7 with a cover of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself." The song peaked at Number 4.

Celine Dion All By Myself cover art
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March 29, 1958: Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music" debuted on the US music chart. It reached Number 8.  
Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music" is about a guy who will only dance to rock and roll. The Beatles played this song at their early concerts and recorded it on Chuck Berry's 38th birthday. It was one of their favorite songs to play live, and they used it when they needed an additional track for their album Beatles For Sale. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 29, 1969: "Traces" by The Classics IV topped out at Number 2 in the US.
The lyrics to "Traces" are simple; a man looks back on a love he lost and still longs for. It points out how even simple things can bring back vivid, even painful memories. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 29, 1979: Supertramp released their sixth album, Breakfast in America.
Supertramp's album Breakfast in America was a blockbuster hit, topping the charts for four weeks in the US. By the 1990s, the album had sold over 18 million units worldwide.

Supertramp Breakfast in America album cover 

The band's earlier records weren't as pop-oriented as Breakfast. The majority of the album consisted of tightly written, catchy, well-constructed pop songs, like the hits "The Logical Song," "Take the Long Way Home," and "Goodbye Stranger." 
Read more: Allmusic

March 29, 1980: Lipps, Inc. debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Funkytown" on its way to the top of the chart.
"Funkytown" is what a Minnesota songwriter and producer called New York. Lipps Inc. - pronounced "Lip Synch" - was formed especially for this song. The vocals were by Cynthia Johnson, Miss Black Minnesota, in 1976. The group continued to record until 1985 with a changing lineup, but they failed to see the success they'd had with their first hit. 
Read more: Songfacts

All By Myself
Celine Dion

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