Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Music History Today: May 31, 2023

May 31, 1999: VH1's Behind the Music began airing nightly. The premier show was The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music.

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May 31, 1941: The first issue of Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper went on sale. By 2013, Parade was the most widely read magazine in the United States, with a circulation of 32 million and a readership of 54 million.

The first issue of Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper

May 31, 1975: Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" entered Billboard's Hot 100.

"Rhinestone Cowboy" was written and originally recorded by Larry Weiss, a Brooklyn songwriter whose credits include "Bend Me, Shape Me" by The American Breed and "Help Me Girl" by The Animals.

Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy album art 

Campbell was on tour in Australia when he first heard the song. He could relate to the lyric about a country singer who has seen it all. In the 1950s, he spent several years playing honky-tonks in Albuquerque, and after moving to Los Angeles in 1960, he worked as a demo singer, a staff writer, and a session musician before hitting it big in the late '60s after he turned 30. 
Read more: Songfacts

May 31, 1986: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band entered the top 40 section of the US music chart with "Like a Rock."

Talking about writing "Like a Rock" in a 1994 interview with Music Connection, Bob Seger said, "There have been times where I've written a bunch of verses before I even know what the title is. That's what happened with 'Like A Rock.' I wrote the first three verses of that song before I knew where I was going. Then, one day, I just fell into the 'like a rock' thing, and I thought it worked." 
Read more: Songfacts

May 31, 2013: OneRepublic uploaded the music video for "Counting Stars." It's reached the 3 Billion Club and, with 3,794,700,185 views, is headed towards 4 Billion.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Behind the Music

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