Monday, May 29, 2023

Music History Today: May 30, 2023

May 30, 1991: Metallica recorded "Nothing Else Matters" for their self-titled album.
Metallica band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett wrote "Nothing Else Matters." Hetfield cited the band's constant touring as an inspiration for this song.


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They wrote pieces of the track on their tour bus and in numerous hotels. The orchestration in the song was arranged by Michael Kamen, who also conducted the San Francisco Symphony orchestra. This is one of the few Metallica songs where James Hetfield played the guitar solo rather than Kirk Hammett. 
Read more: Songfacts
May 30, 1966: Dolly Parton and Carl Dean were married. 

Then 21-year-old Carl Dean spotted 18-year-old Dolly Parton outside their local Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville, Tennesse, the first day the singer moved there. After two years of dating, the pair were ready to tie the knot – but Dolly's record label advised against it, with concerns it could hinder her career. 

Dolly Parton and Carl Dean
Carl Dean and Dolly Parton

This didn't stop the loved-up singer, who said, "I ain’t waiting!" The couple eloped and said their vows in a little church in Georgia. Parton's mom, the preacher, and his wife were the only people who attended the wedding. 
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May 30, 1970: Joe Cocker peaked on the US singles chart at Number 7 with a cover of the Box Tops' hit, "The Letter." 

May 30, 1988: Tracy Chapman released her first single, "Fast Car."
In "Fast Car," Tracy Chapman sings from the perspective of a woman whose life isn't working out as she hoped. She's with a guy who's unemployed, lazy, and unsupportive - she works at the convenience store to pay the bills while he's drinking at the bar.

Tracy Chapman Fast Car single cover

The chorus explains why she's with him: Long ago, he made her feel like she belonged and that they could have a fulfilling and exciting life together. Riding in his fast car, his arm around her shoulder, all was right. The track won the Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 
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May 30, 1992: Tom Cochrane was moving fast up Billboard's Hot 100, from Number 61 to 44, with "Life Is a Highway."
"Life Is a Highway" was inspired by Tom Cochrane's trip to West Africa, where he gained exposure for the World Vision famine relief organization. He recalled to Jam! Music: "When I wrote that song after my first trip to Africa, which was just mind-bending and soul-sapping, I was mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted, and I really needed something to pull me out of this funk." 
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Nothing Else Matters 

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