Monday, May 22, 2023

Music History Today: May 23, 2023

May 23, 2000: Matchbox Twenty released their second studio album, Mad Season.
On Yourself or Someone Like You, Matchbox Twenty's ability to craft sturdy, mainstream rock was overshadowed by their reliance on loud guitars, colorless production, and bombastic vocalizing.

Matchbox Twenty Mad Season album art
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On Mad Season, the band added horns and layers of keyboards to their sound, emphasizing their melodies. The real surprise is Rob Thomas' progression as a songwriter and singer. Before this album, Thomas tended to oversell his songs in the delivery and writing, and the band followed him along. Here, they tone down their performances. The overall feel is more relaxed and welcoming than the debut. 
Read more: Allmusic
May 23, 1928: Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky.
Rosemary Clooney rose to prominence with "Come On-a My House," her first single to sell a million copies. Other hits followed, and The Rosemary Clooney Show began in May 1956. For much of the 1960s, Clooney was plagued by relationships, money, and drug problems. During the mid-to-late 1970s, Clooney returned to performing. In 2001 she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Clooney died from complications six months later, on June 29, 2002, at 74. 
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May 23, 1956: Elvis Presley moved into the US Top 40, from Number 90 to 31, with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You." 
"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" is a dramatic ballad rather than a rousing rock song. Still, it quickly became a hit, becoming Presley's second Number 1 single on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and charting at Number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

 Written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff, Elvis professed his love to one particular woman. He once thought he could live without romance until she came along. Now, he's ready to love her eternally. 

Read more: Rolling Stones
May 23, 1979: KISS released the studio album Dynasty, which contained the hit "I Was Made for Lovin' You."

May 23, 1987: Chris DeBurgh peaked at Number 3 in the US with "The Lady in Red."
After an argument, Chris DeBurgh started writing this song about his wife Diane, but he was having a hard time finishing it. Part of the problem was that he needed a title: he didn't want to use "The Way You Look Tonight" because there was already a song with that name. As de Burgh tells it, five months later, he saw Diane, wearing red, across a crowded nightclub, which gave him the idea for the title. 
Read more: Songfacts


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