Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Music History Today: June 15, 2023

June 15, 1981: Duran Duran released their self-titled debut album. The LP peaked at 3 in Britain.

Duran Duran self-titled debut album cover

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Duran Duran's debut album incorporated elements of the new romantic movement they would soon spearhead. Singles like "Girls on Film" and "Planet Earth" became instant smash hits both in the UK and America. The band's music videos secured them standing as forerunners of the first MTV generation. 
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June 15, 1963: Jan and Dean first appeared on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Surf City."

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys wrote "Surf City" in collaboration with Jan Berry from Jan & Dean. It's very similar to the Beach Boys recordings, starting with the vocal hook "Two girls for every boy" and moving into the harmonies and chord progressions typical of Wilson's work. "Surf City" Wilson'd first chart-topper a year before The Beach Boys' "I Get Around." 
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June 15, 1980: Christopher Cross released his debut single, "Sailing."

Christopher Cross wrote "Sailing" about his memories of sailing every summer with a friend in Texas. The track became the pinnacle of "Yacht Rock," a term used to define a genre of easy-listening music favored by the rich.  Cross told Howard Stern that sailing with his friend got him away from the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. If the guy had taken him bowling and he enjoyed it, the song could have become "Bowling." He won three Grammy Awards for this song. 
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June 15, 1994: The Disney film The Lion King opened in theaters. The soundtrack is the best-selling album from an animated movie in the United States.

Disney film The Lion King

June 15, 2002: Dave Matthews Band released "Where Are You Going" from the album Busted Stuff. It reached number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Girls on Film
Duran Duran

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