Monday, May 22, 2023

Music History Today: May 22, 2023

May 22,  2005: Dave Matthews Band entered the US album chart at Number 1 with "Stand Up," featuring the singles "American Baby," "Dreamgirl," and "Everybody Wake Up."

Dave Matthews Band Stand Up album cover art
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May 22, 1965: Jackie DeShannon entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "What the World Needs Now."
Released two years before the Summer Of Love, "What the World Needs Now" was an early pacifist anthem about the importance of love in the world. The Beatles had a similar theme in their 1967 song "All You Need Is Love." Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the song was offered to Dionne Warwick and Gene Pitney, who both passed on it. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 22, 1976: Paul McCartney and Wings began a five-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Silly Love Songs."
Paul McCartney wrote "Silly Love Songs" in response to a post-Beatles breakup comment by John Lennon, in which Lennon claimed that the only songs that Paul wrote for the Beatles were "Silly Love Songs." It probably isn't the first song that comes to mind when you think of Paul McCartney, but in America, it was his biggest hit with Wings and bigger than any of his solo hits. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 22, 1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a film adapted from Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel of the same name, was released. Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro star as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas details the duo's journey through Las Vegas as their initial journalistic intentions devolve into exploring the city under the influence of psychoactive substances.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas movie poster

The period-piece soundtrack is stocked with familiar cuts from the late '60s and early '70s like "For Your Love," "Get Together," "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "One Toke Over the Line," and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" plus album cuts from Bob Dylan ("Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"), Buffalo Springfield ("Expecting to Fly"), and Big Brother & the Holding Company ("Combination of the Two").
Read more: Allmusic

May 22, 1999: Smash Mouth entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "All Star."
When Smash Mouth released their debut album Fush Yu Mang in 1997, they built a fanbase thanks to the hit "Walkin' on the Sun." They heard from many of these fans while writing songs for their second album, Astro Lounge, which inspired "All Star." 
Read more: Songfacts

Dave Matthews Band
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