Saturday, March 4, 2023

Music History Today: March 5, 2023

March 5, 1962: Identical twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid, from the Scottish band The Proclaimers, were born in Leith, Scotland.

The Proclaimers rose to global success in the late '80s, playing an amalgam of rock, folk, soul, and country, sung in brotherly harmony and their thick Scottish accents.

The Proclaimers
The Proclaimers

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They added a band for 1988's Sunshine on Leith and landed a worldwide hit with the wildly catchy "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." In 1990, they had a Top 10 hit in the UK and Ireland with a cover of Roger Miller's "King of the Road." 
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March 5, 1977: Electric Light Orchestra entered Billboard's Top 40, on the way to Number 24, with "Do Ya."

Electric Light Orchestra was formed by members of an English group called The Move. On their 1978 tour, they opened their shows by emerging from a giant spaceship. A lot of people thought it looked like a hamburger. 
Read more: Songfacts

March 5, 1988: Natalie Cole's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" entered the American music chart. 

March 5, 1992: REM cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards, winning Album of the Year for Out Of Time, Artist of the Year, Best Single for "Losing My Religion," Best Video for "Losing My Religion" and Best band, Best guitarist and Best songwriter awards.

R.E.M. Out of Time album cover

March 5, 2000: Madonna went Number 1 on the UK  singles chart with her version of the Don McLean 1972 hit "American Pie." 

King Of The Road
The Proclaimers

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