Friday, May 12, 2023

Music History Today: May 13, 2023

May 13, 2000: Destiny's Child entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Jumpin, Jumpin." It peaked at Number 3 and made the Top 10 in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The song was ranked Number 232 on Pitchfork's "Top 500 Songs of the 2000s."

Destiny’s Child
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May 13, 1967: The Supremes hit the top of the American singles chart with "The Happening."
"The Happening" was written for the 1967 movie of the same name, starring Anthony Quinn, George Maharis, Michael Parks, Robert Walker Jr., and Faye Dunaway. The film flopped, but the song gave The Supremes their 10th US chart-topper. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 13, 1978: Gerry Rafferty moved into Billboard's Top 40 section, on the way to Number 2, with "Baker Street."
"Baker Street" is about a man who dreams of owning a house and living away from his neighborhood. He's a drunk and cannot achieve that goal. He drinks to forget, a rolling stone with no direction. Baker Street is a real street in London; Rafferty often stayed with a friend who lived there. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 13, 1985: Dire Straits released the studio album Brothers in Arms.
Brothers in Arms was an international best-seller. The success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for "Money for Nothing," a sardonic attack on MTV.

Dire Straits  Brothers in Arms album cover art

But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler's increased sense of pop songcraft. "Money for Nothing" had an indelible guitar riff, "Walk of Life" is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on "Sultans of Swing," and the melody of the bluesy "So Far Away" was wistful. 
Read more: Allmusic

May 13, 1989: The Fine Young Cannibals made a big move in their second week on Billboard's Hot 100, from Number 69 to 50, "Good Thing." 
"Good Thing" by FYC was a worldwide hit. Together with "She Drives Me Crazy," the band had twin Billboard chart-toppers, both pumped out in 1989 from their second album, The Raw & The Cooked. This pegged Fine Young Cannibals forever in music history as superstars who exploded onto the music scene in one year and were practically forgotten ever since. 
Read more: Songfacts


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