Saturday, June 3, 2023

Music History Today: June 4, 2023

June 4, 1983: The Police scored their fifth and final Number 1 hit in the UK with "Every Breath You Take."

The Police 1983
The Police
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The Grammy and Ivor Novello-winning song "Every Breath You Take" was the biggest hit on Billboard's year-end chart. It stayed at Number 1 for eight weeks, longer than any other song that year. Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" was Number 2, with a seven-week stay.
June 4, 1966: The Cyrkle had their first US Top 40 hit when "Red Rubber Ball" moved from Number 65 to 35 on Billboard's Hot 100.
In 1964, Simon & Garfunkel's released their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., a commercial flop. Paul Simon relocated to England before returning to the US a year after discovering that the song "The Sound Of Silence" had been overdubbed with electric instruments and was now a huge hit. During this period, when Simon was pursuing a solo career, he met Bruce Woodley, a songwriter and member of the Seekers, and the two wrote "Red Rubber Ball." It was intended for The Seekers, but Woodley's bandmates turned it down. 
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June 4, 1977: Barry Manilow reached Number 1 on the US Easy Listening chart with "Looks Like We Made It."
Pianist Richard Kerr, who wrote the music for Manilow's first hit "Mandy," composed the tune for "Looks Like We Made It."

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Will Jennings, who has contributed lyrics for songs by Eric Clapton, Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross, and many others, wrote the lyrics. Jennings and Kerr teamed up to write Manilow's 1979 hit, "Somewhere In The Night." Over the next few years, Jennings wrote many songs for The Crusaders and Steve Winwood.  
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June 4, 1994: Wet Wet Wet started a fifteen-week run at Number 1 on the UK singles chart with "Love Is All Around" from the film Four Weddings & A Funeral. Reg Presley of The Troggs wrote the song, and it was a former Top 10 hit for his band in 1967.

June 4, 2005: Lifehouse entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "You and Me."
"You and Me" by Lifehouse, peaked at Number 5, and spent 62 weeks on the Hot 100, breaking the record for a rock band's longest stay for a track. Lead singer Jason Wade wrote it for his girlfriend, Braeden, whom he married in 2001. He proposed to her using an early version of the song he had on cassette; after the song was finally released in 2005, it became a popular wedding song. 
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Every Breath You Take
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