Saturday, May 6, 2023

Music History Today: May 7, 2023

May 7, 1994: Ace Of Base entered Billboard's Hot 100 on the way to Number 4 with "Don't Turn Around."
Written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, "Don't Turn Around" was originally recorded by Tina Turner and released as the B-side to her 1986 hit single "Typical Male."

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The song has been covered by numerous artists, most notably by Luther Ingram in 1987, Aswad in 1988, Bonnie Tyler in 1988, Eyes in 1990, Neil Diamond in 1991, Ace of Base in 1993, and Albert Hammond in 2010. 
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May 7, 1966: Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" topped the R&B chart for the first of four weeks.
"When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge is a huge part of music history. It is the first Number 1 Hot 100 hit recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, and many other famous musicians would later record some of their classic songs. Sledge performed this at the induction ceremony when he entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. 
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May 7, 1977: Waylon Jennings debuted on Billboard's singles chart with "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)." It reached Number 25. 
The song "Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)" refers to a couple whose position in "high society" has placed strains on their marriage and finances. Jennings suggests that the couple return to "the basics of love" and relocate to the small town of Luckenbach, Texas. References in the song include the Hatfields and McCoys, Hank Williams, Mickey Newbury, Jerry Jeff Walker, and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." 
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May 7, 1984: The Cars released the single "Magic."
By 1984, The Cars were pop stars with rock credibility, emerging from the punk/new wave scene with hit singles like "Shake It Up" and "Let's Go." Heartbeat City contained even more meticulous and catchy songs, thanks to the addition of Mutt Lange as producer. He was the guy at the helm for AC/DC's Back In Black album and Def Leppard's Pyromania, and he delivered similar results with The Cars: five hit singles, including "Magic," "You Might Think," "Drive," "Hello Again" and "Why Can't I Have You." 
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May 7, 2005: Kelly Clarkson made a big move, from Number 65 to 46, on the US singles chart with "Behind Hazel Eyes."
Kelly Clarkson's video for "Behind Hazel Eyes" did very well on MTV's TRL, becoming a regular Number 1 request. Finally, 50 days later, on August 3, 2005, the video was retired from the Top 10 countdown. Clarkson holds the record for the longest stay by a female at the top spot with 33 days, nearly surpassing the record previously set by The Backstreet Boys. 
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