Thursday, July 6, 2023

Music History Today: July 7, 2023

Jul 7, 2016: PostmodernJukebox uploaded a '50s Style cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" by Von Smith. His voice is perfect, the dancing girls rock, the saxophone slays, and Tambourine Guy seems like the type of person everyone needs in their life.

Von Smith
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Jul 7, 1962: David Rose took over atop Billboard's Hot 100 with "The Stripper." It became the Number 5 song of year-end 1962 hits. 

David Rose wrote "The Stripper" in the last 10 minutes of a recording session in 1958. He didn't have a name for it and referred to it as "a funny piece of music with no title." Later that year, Rose was asked to re-record the song "Ebb Tide" to help promote the movie "Sweet Bird of Youth." The studio still neededed a B-side for the single, so this unnamed, unreleased cut was pulled from the vaults, given a name , and placed on the B-side.
Read more: Songfacts

July 7, 1973: With the disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure playing in theaters, Maureen McGovern's version of the theme song, "The Morning After," moved up the charts from 86 to 42 on the way to Number 1. It won the Oscar for Best Song in 1972. 

The Poseidon Adventure movie poster

July 7, 1984: Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" went to Number 1 on the Billboard album chart for the first of a four-week stay.

Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" produced seven Top Ten hits and became one of the best-selling albums ever. The title track described the disenfranchisement of a lower-class Vietnam vet, and the chorus was intended to be angry, but it came off as anthemic. 
Read more: Allmusic


Dancing in the Dark
Retro '50s Style ft. Von Smith

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