Sunday, May 7, 2023

Music History Today: May 8, 2023

May 8, 1993: Aerosmith's Get A Grip entered the US album chart at Number 1.
Get a Grip became Aerosmith's best-selling studio album worldwide, achieving sales of over 20 million copies.

Aerosmith  Get A Grip album cover 
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The LP generated a pair of Grammys for the singles “Livin' on the Edge” and “Crazy.” Geffen Records rejected the album in its original form, and the band returned to the studio to record more “radio-friendly” material. It would be the final LP Aerosmith recorded for Geffen. 
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May 8, 1965: The promotional video for Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" was filmed at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London.
The original "Subterranean Homesick Blues" clip was the opening segment of D. A. Pennebaker's film, Dont Look Back, a documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England. In the movie, Dylan holds up cue cards for the camera with selected words and phrases from the lyrics. The cue cards were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth, and Dylan himself. While staring at the camera, he flipped the cards as the song played. 
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May 8, 1976: Former lead singer of the Lovin Spoonful John Sebastian went to Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Welcome Back," taken from the US TV show.

Welcome Back Kotter poster

May 8, 1982: The Waitresses debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 with "I Know What Boys Like." 
"I Know What Boys Like" was written by Chris Butler while a band member called Tin Huey. The song was conceived with a more straightforward vocal sound, but lead singer Patty Donahue didn't have a strong singing voice, so Chris Butler had her do it in more of a spoken word style, which became the group's signature sound. Donahue was essentially acting when she performed for The Waitresses, and Chris Butler's lyrics were her scripts. 
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May 8, 2000: Lead singer of M People Heather Small released the title track of her debut solo album, "Proud." The song peaked at Number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.


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