Friday, May 5, 2023

Music History Today: May 6, 2023

May 6, 1995: "I Believe" by Blessid Union Of Souls peaked at Number 8 in the US.

Blessid Union Of Souls' frontman Eliot Sloan wrote "I Believe" after his girlfriend's father coerced her into breaking up with him by threatening to cut off her college tuition.

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It was the group's biggest hit. They had three others in the US Top 40: "Let Me Be the One," "I Wanna Be There," and "Hey, Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)." 
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May 6, 1967: The Young Rascals entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 on the way to the top of the chart with "Groovin'."

"Groovin'" was the second of three Number 1 hits for The Rascals, after "Good Lovin'" and before "People Got to Be Free." In the US, this spent two weeks at Number 1, then two weeks at #2 (as Aretha Franklin's "Respect" took over the top spot), and returned to the top for two more weeks. 
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May 6, 1972: Jackson Browne peaked at Number 6 in the US with "Doctor My Eyes."
Just 23 when "Doctor My Eyes" was released, Jackson Browne was well known in the Southern California music community, where he had high standing with the likes of Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles. A few years earlier, he was part of an early permutation of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which ended up recording two of his songs: "Melissa" and "Holding." He also worked with Nico and Tim Buckley as a backing musician. 
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May 6, 1989: Waterfront's single "Cry," from their self-titled debut album, moved into the top 40 section of Billboard. It peaked at Number 10. 

May 6, 1997: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Cleveland at the site of the hall itself for the first time. Previous ceremonies had only been held in New York City. 
Among the 1997 Rock& Roll Hall of Fame inductees were the Bee Gees, the Jackson 5, Joni Mitchell, the Young Rascals, Parliament, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. James Taylor performed the Joni Mitchell song "Woodstock." 

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