Sunday, April 16, 2023

Music History Today: April 17, 2023

April 17, 1982: Greek composer Vangelis scored his first and only Number 1 on the US album chart with Chariots Of Fire. Written for the 1981 movie about two runners in the 1924 Olympics, the title track was used in a classic scene where they run in slow motion.
Chariots Of Fire movie poster
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April 17, 1957: Marty Robbins had a hit in the top 40 section of Billboard Hot 100 when "A White Sports Coat and Pink Carnation" moved from Number 48 to 29. It peaked at Number 2 and reached the top of the Country chart.

April 17, 1965: Bob Dylan's second studio album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, rose to Number 1 in the UK.
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and in bohemian circles, but nobody transcended the scene like Dylan. 

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album cover

Social protests received the most attention. "Blowin' in the Wind," "Masters of War," and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" weren't just specific in their targets; they were gracefully executed and even melodic. But this LP turned out love songs ("Girl From the North Country") and whimsy ("Don't Think Twice, It's All Right") with equal skill. 
Read more: Allmusic

April 17, 1973: The country-rock pioneers The Eagles released Desperado, their second studio album. It contained the iconic title song and the hit single "Tequila Sunrise." 

The Eagles Desperado album cover

April 17, 1993: Duran Duran entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Come Undone" and reached Number 7. The song hit 2 in Canada and Number 1 in Israel.

Chariots Of Fire

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