Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Music History Today: May 4, 2023

May 4, 1991: Cher scored her first solo UK Number 1 with a cover of Betty Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song." Her first UK was "I Got You Babe" with Sonny in 1965. 

Cher 1991
Cher 1991
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May 4, 1959: In the first Annual Grammy Awards, Peggy Lee was nominated for Record of the Year and the songwriters Cooley and Johnny Davenport for Song of the Year with "Fever." 

May 4, 1963: The Chantays peaked at Number 4 in the US with "Pipeline."

The surf-rock group The Chantays' only charting Billboard Top-40 hit, "Pipeline," is considered one of the genre's staples. The title "Pipeline" refers to a term in surfing jargon in which a wave closes over your head while you ride it horizontally, so it looks like you're in a rolling pipe made of water. This maneuver is also sometimes called "shooting the tube." 
Read more: Songfacts

May 4, 1974: Grand Funk topped the US singles chart with a cover of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" from the album Shinin' On.

The decision to play "The Loco-Motion" came about after guitarist Mark Farner was heard whistling the tune in the studio. The Grand Funk version of the song featured guitars, several layers of harmony, and heavy drums. 
Read more: Wikipedia


May 4, 1985: Don Henley peaked in the US at Number 9 with "All She Wants To Do Is Dance."

The '80s were a banner decade for Don Henley, formerly of the Eagles' fame, who in his solo career had eight charting Top-40 hits, and five of those made it into the Billboard Hot 100 Top-10. When you add in Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Rock, and Dance charts, Henley dominated half the decade. His second studio album, Building the Perfect Beast, spawned four charting singles, of which "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" is the second-highest. 
Read more: Top 40 Weekly

The Shoop Shoop Song

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