Thursday, March 30, 2023

Music History Today: March 31, 2023

March 31, 1983: Monty Python's movie The Meaning of Life was released in the US. In one scene, a father explains the Roman Catholic doctrine against birth control to his large family in song.

Monty Python's  The Meaning of Life movie poster
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March 31, 1943: "Oklahoma!" by Rodgers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts did a painstaking recreation of Oklahoma as it premiered.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!  poster

March 31, 1973: Dobie Gray entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 on the way to Number 5 with "Drift Away."
"Drift Away" was written by Mentor Williams in 1970 and initially recorded by John Henry Kurtz. Dobie Gray's biggest hit until this song was "The 'In' Crowd" in 1965, which made it to Number 13. 
Read more: Wikipedia


March 31, 1995: Tejano singer Selena died after being shot by her former personal assistant and fan club president in Corpus Christi, Texas, at 23.

"Dreaming of You" was written a couple of months Tejano singer Selena was killed. It was released two weeks after she died and was inspired by her husband, Chris Perez, who was the lead guitarist for her band. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 31, 2001: "Never Had a Dream Come True" by the UK Pop group S Club 7 debuted on the US chart. It reached Number 10 and was the ninth biggest-selling single of 2000 in the UK.

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Monty Python The Meaning of Life

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