Sunday, April 2, 2023

Music History Today: April 3, 2023

April 3, 2008: Mariah Carey broke Elvis Presley's US chart record of 17 Number One hits when she scored her career 18th with "Touch My Body." The Beatles still hold the record with 20.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
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April 3, 1960: Elvis Presley recorded "It's Now Or Never" at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee. 
The chord progression and the melody of "It's Now Or Never" is borrowed from the Italian song "O Sole Mio."

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

Mario Lanza popularized the tune, and Tony Martin released the first English translation of "There's No Tomorrow" in 1949. Elvis was in the US army and stationed in Germany when he heard "O Sole Mio." After his discharge, he asked his record company to write an English translation for him. 
Read more: Songfacts


April 3, 1976: The theme song to the American television program "Happy Days," performed by Pratt & McClain, entered Billboard's Hot 100. It peaked at Number 5, making them a one-hit wonder.

April 3, 1999: Sugar Ray topped out at Number 3 with their first commercially available single in the United States, "Every Morning."  It reached Number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. 

Sugar Ray music band
Sugar Ray

April 3, 2004: Clay Aiken's version of Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire," released after he was voted runner-up on Season 2 of American Idol, debuted on the US music chart at Number 4. 

Touch My Body
Mariah Carey

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