Monday, May 8, 2023

Music History Today: May 9, 2023

May 9, 2001: Moulin Rouge! was released at the Cannes Film Festival.
The soundtrack for the 2001 film adaptation of  Moulin Rouge! includes "Lady Marmalade," made famous in the 1970s by the girl group Labelle. The song contains the sexually suggestive lyric "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?" which translates to "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?"

Moulin Rouge! 2001 movie poster
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This version is performed by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink, with production and additional vocal credits by Missy Elliott. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. 
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May 9, 1970: The Guess Who became the first Canadian rock group to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "American Woman."
One of the most misinterpreted songs ever, "American Woman," is often heard as a patriotic ode or a tribute to American women, ignoring a very clear lyric: "American Woman, get away from me." Burton Cummings, the Guess Who's lyricist, insists: "What was on my mind was those girls in the States seemed to get older quicker than our girls, and that made them, well, dangerous," Cummings told the Toronto Star in 2014. "When I said 'American woman, stay away from me,' I really meant 'Canadian woman, I prefer you.'" 
Read more: Songfacts

May 9, 1985: Phil Collins released the single "Sussudio."
"Sussudio" became the second US Number 1 hit from the No Jacket Required album. The first was "One More Night." Critics assailed Phil Collins for this song's similarity with Prince's hit "1999." Collins responded by saying he was a "big Prince fan" and that his original version of "Sussudio" sounded even more like Prince. 
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May 9, 2016: Marc Broussard uploaded an acoustic cover of Solomon Burke's "Cry To Me" to his YouTube channel. Broussard's style is best described as "Bayou Soul." Ear Candy Alert: You won't regret using headphones.

Lady Marmalade
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink

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