Friday, May 19, 2023

Music History Today: May 20, 2023

May 20, 1998: A remake of the movie Godzilla was released in the US. The Wallflowers' cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" was used on the soundtrack.

Godzilla movie still 1998
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May 20, 1959: Israel "IZ" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole was born at Kuakini Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. His version of "Over the Rainbow," accompanied only by the ukulele, has become the most requested version of the song.

Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole
Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole

May 20, 1972: J.J. Cale's "After Midnight" entered Billboard's Hot 100.
The first version of "After Midnight" J.J. Cale recorded was an uptempo rendition with his band, the Leathercoated Minds. The song went nowhere, but Eric Clapton included the track on his first solo album in 1970. Cale got a record deal in 1971 and released his first album, Naturally, that year on Shelter Records. He released a new version of "After Midnight" on the album and issued it as a single. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 20, 1978: The Buddy Holly Story premiered in Lubbock, TX.
The Buddy Holly Story features an Academy Award-winning musical score, adapted by Joe Renzetti, and an Oscar-nominated lead performance by Gary Busey.

The Buddy Holly Story

The film was adapted by Robert Gittler from Buddy Holly: His Life and Music, the 1975 biography of Holly by John Goldrosen, and was directed by Steve Rash. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 20, 1993: The final episode aired of the American television series Cheers. The intro to the show was "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy. 

The Wallflowers

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