Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Music History Today: May 11, 2023

May 11, 2002: Eminem entered Billboard's Hot 100 more than halfway up the chart, at Number 44, with "Without Me." 
"Without Me" was Eminem's first single since his Marshall Mathers LP. He explains in the song that everything was dull and empty with him away, but he was now here to give people something to talk about.


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He takes shots at The FCC, Limp Bizkit, Moby, and Chris Kirkpatrick. The video shows Eminem and Dr. Dre as Batman and Robin-type heroes sent to save the world. This would earn director Joseph Kahn his first Grammy Award for Best Music Video. 
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May 11, 1965: The Byrds made their television debut with "Mr. Tambourine Man" on NBC's Hullabaloo.

May 11, 1970: The three-record soundtrack to the original Woodstock Festival was released.
Side one of the original Woodstock Festival's three-record soundtrack was backed by side six, side two was backed by side five, and side three was backed by side four. This was common on multi-LP sets of the time to accommodate the popular record changer turntables.

Soundtrack to the original Woodstock Festival cover art

The first disc contained Canned Heat's "Goin' Up the Country" and Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner."  The second platter hosted Country Joe McDonald's "The Fish Cheer" and the CS&N tune "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Joe Cocker's cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends" and an over-the-top performance by Santana with "Soul Sacrifice" graced the final vinyl. 
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May 11, 1981: Bob Marley, the King Of Reggae, died of a brain tumor at 36.
Bob Marley sold over 20 million records with the Wailing Wailers, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the Third World. In 1977 cancerous cells were found in his toe. Doctors suggested amputation, but Marley refused because his religious beliefs prohibited amputation.

Bob Marley
Bob Marley

Marley became ill on tour to support his 1980 album Uprising.  The cancer discovered earlier in his toe had spread throughout his body. The musician set out to return to his beloved Jamaica one last time. Sadly, he wouldn't complete the journey, dying in Miami, Florida. 
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May 11, 1996: A 90s musical phenomenon, Los Del Rio's "Macarena" surged from Number 71 to 47 on the US music chart.
"Macarena" stayed in the US Top 100 for 60 weeks, a one-time record for the longest run on the singles chart. In 1998 it was overtaken by LeAnn Rimes' How Do I Live, which spent 69 weeks in total in the Hot 100. The song's 33-week climb (over two separate chart runs) to the #1 position established the record for the longest journey to the Hot 100's summit. 
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