Motley Crue’s Album Dr. Feel Good Places #1

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Yesterday in 1989 rock band Motley Crue started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Dr. Feelgood according to thisdayinmusic.com. Songs off of this album included Kickstart My Heart, Without You, and the album titled song Dr. Feelgood.

The song Kickstart My Heart placed 27 on the US chart. According to songfacts.com one day Nikki Sixx literally died and when paramedics arrived they shot him with Adrenaline as a last ditch effort to save him, so the Adrenaline “kickstarted” his heart. It also mentions dealing with the band’s newfound sobriety during the songwriting process and on stage.

The song Without You placed No.8 on the US chart. Songfacts.com states Drummer Tommy Lee was dating Heather Locklear at the time, and their relationship inspired the lyrics. The site also mentions that Nikki Sixx wrote this song with guitarist Mick Mars.

The album titled song Dr. Feelgood placed No.6 on the US charts. Songfacts.com states Nikki Sixx wrote this about a drug dealer who gave him his “fix” every now and again in Los Angeles. The site also mentions Vocalist Vince Neil looked back at this song to Rolling Stone in 2009:

“I knew it was a classic from the time I heard that very first ‘bomp bomp bomp bomp’ – that intro just kind of grabs you. This song has been popular for 20 years. It was funny because I was watching VH1 and they had the Greatest Hard Rock Songs and ‘Feelgood’ was 15 or something. I was like, ‘Wow, of all time.’ Then you have Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and AC/DC and ‘Feelgood.’ I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ It’s our signature song in some ways.”

Below is the video of Kickstart My Heart.

 

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Mariah Carey’s Song Butterfly is #1 for Eight Weeks

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Today in 1995 Mariah Carey made chart history when she started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fantasy’, making her the first female act to enter the chart in pole position according to thisdayinmusic.com.

From 1993-1998, she was married to Tommy Mottola, who was president of Sony Music. Songfacts.com states “Butterfly” is a song Mariah wrote, not about someone else but about herself. It is the song that she stated she wished Tommy Mottola (her recently divorced husband at the time) would sing to her.

The site also mentions Carey originally intended this to be a House record with dance producer David Morales titled “Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise).

Below are the lyrics and video to the song

Butterfly:

When you love someone so deeply

They become your life

It’s easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside

Blindly I imaged I could

Keep you under glass

Now I understand to hold you

I must open my hands

And watch you rise

[Chorus:]

Spread your wings and prepare to fly

For you have become a butterfly

Fly abandonedly into the sun

If you should return to me

We truly were meant to be

So spread your wings and fly

Butterfly

I have learned that beauty

Has to flourish in the light

Wild horses run unbridled

Or their spirit dies

You have given me the courage

To be all that I can

And truly feel your heart will

Lead you back to me when you’re

Ready to land

[Chorus]

I can’t pretend these tears

Aren’t overflowing steadily

I can’t prevent this hurt from

Almost overtaking me

But I will stand and say goodbye

For you’ll never be mine

Until you know the way it feels to fly

[Chorus]

So flutter through the sky

Butterfly

Spread your wings and fly

Butterfly

 

 

 

 

Berry White Hits #1 with Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love

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Berry White was a soul singer recognized for his deep voice. One song he is most known for is Can’t Get Enough of Your Love. Today marks the day when this song hit #1 on the US charts during 1974 according to thisdayinmusic.com.

 Barry White fell in love in 1973 with Glodean James, who was one of the members of his Love Unlimited backing trio of singers. He wrote this song for her one night when he couldn’t get off to sleep according to songfacts.com. The pair later separated, but they never got divorced.

 This song was recorded by other artists. Songfacts.com states in 1993, this song was covered by R&B/pop singer Taylor Dayne, who took it to the charts again at #20 on the US Hot 100 and #2 on the US Hot Dance Club Play charts.

 The singer was a fan of the cartoon show The Simpsons. Songfact.com mentions that he recorded this song in a new version specifically made for “The Whacking Day” episode of the show. Below is the YouTube video of Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.

 

Diana Ross Hits #1 with Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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Today in 1970 Diana Ross hit #1 for three weeks with her remake of the song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. According to thisdayinmusic.com this was the singer’s first solo No.1 since leaving The Supremes.

The song was originally written and by Ashford & Simpson. According to songfacts.com Nick Ashford was inspired by an experience when he first moved to New York. The site states that he was walking down a Manhattan thoroughfare, determined that New York City would not get the best of him.

This song was originally sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. Songfacts.com states Uriel Jones of The Funk Brothers, who played the drums on Gaye and Terrell’s original version, recalled in Mojo magazine February 2009: “Ashford and Simpson had written the song and they always came to the studio with charts. This time was no exception; they came with the song fully written out. The lyrics were written out too. They were one of the few producers and writers who had full charts and made us work from them.

Songfact.com states that Amy Winehouse’s 2007 single “Tears Dry On Their Own” is based around the backing instrumentation of this song. Ashford & Simpson were also credited on Jessica Simpson’s 2006 transatlantic Top 20 single “A Public Affair,” as towards the end of the song. No matter what generation someone was born they have heard a version of this song. Below is a video of Diana Ross performing this song live.

Metallica Hits #1 with Self-titled Album

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Today marks the day when rock band Metallica placed #1 with their self-titled album for a four week run during 1991 according to thisdayinmusic.com. This album featured songs such as Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters.

 The song Enter Sandman was supposed to be about death, but the topic was changed to nightmares because Metallica’s producer at the time, Bob Rock, thought that “Death doesn’t sell” according to songfacts.com. The site also mentions that after the US invaded Iraq in 2003, this was one of the songs they played over and over is sessions designed to break the will of Saddam Hussein’s supporters.

 Sad But True is about blind faith in religion and the lengths people will go to practice their faiths states songfacts.com. It also mentions that James Hetfield got the idea for this song from the 1978 Anthony Hopkins film Magic, which is about a ventriloquist who is controlled by his evil puppet.

 The Unforgiven was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, this song was a new style for Metallica states songfacts.com. There are also three parts to this song. The second one is on is on the Reloaded album that was recorded in 1997. The third part was recorded on The Death Magnetic album in 2008.

 In Nothing Else Matters the orchestration in the song was arranged by Michael Kamen, who also conducted the San Francisco Symphony orchestra states songfacts.com. The site also states this is one of the few Metallica songs where James Hetfield played the guitar solo rather than Kirk Hammett. Below is a YouTube video of  Enter Sandman.

 

 

 

 

 

Nirvana Records The Music Video for Smells Like Teen Spirit

 

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The band Nirvana was known for their Grunge music. One of their most popular songs was “Smells like Teen Spirit.” Today marks the time when the group created the official music video for the song according to thisdayinmusic.com.

The song was recorded on the Nevermind album which was released in 1991. It placed on the 6th spot on the US chart. According to songfacts.com it came together in a jam session when he played it for the band. The site also mentions Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the group Bikini Kill, gave Cobain the idea for the title when she spray painted “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his bedroom wall after a night of drinking and spraying graffiti around the Seattle area.

 The music video took place in Culver City California and cost less than $50,000 to produce states thisdayinmusic.com. For this music video Nirvana involved their fans as the audience. The kids were recruited at a show the band played two days earlier at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where flyers were handed out saying, “Nirvana needs you to appear in their upcoming music video. According to songfacts.com Cobain said he wrote this song because he was feeling “disgusted with my generation’s apathy, and with my own apathy and spinelessness.” This feeling of detachment is what led to lyrics like “Oh well, whatever, nevermind.”

 The song and the music video did so well that the video won Nirvana the Best New Artist and Best Alternative Group awards at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and in 2000 the Guinness World Records named ‘Teen Spirit’ the Most Played Video on MTV Europe. This song had a big impact on the music world. The group may no longer be together after the death of Kurt Cobain, but their music will live on forever! Below is the video “Smells Like Teen Spirit.

 

 

Blondie at Orpheum Theater

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Yesterday in 1979 marked the day when the group Blondie performed at Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee according to thisdayinmusic.com. The American-Rock band became popular in the New Wave and Punk scene during the mid-1970. Blondie is known for songs such as Heart Of Glass, Call Me, and One Way Or Another.

The song Heart Of Glass was on the groups Parallel Lines album which was released in 1978. Songfacts.com states Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (who were later married) wrote the first version of this song in early 1974, shortly after they first met. This song is also on The American Idol video game. The site states Blondie re-recorded this in 1978 in a Reggae style, but their producer Mike Chapman suggested Reggae didn’t sell in America. As Harry and Stein had a fascination with the Disco sound that was then sweeping the country, so they adopted a sound that was an amalgamation of their New Wave background and Euro disco.

Call Me was recorded on the American Gigolo Soundtrack that was released in 1980. European Disco producer Giorgio Moroder wrote this with Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, who thus song was covered by Franz Ferdinand in 2009. It also covered by a heavy metal rock band called In This Moment during 2008.

One Way Or Another was another song recorded to the group’s Parallel Lines album. According to songfacts.com this song is about a stalker. The lyrics are very dark and go into detail about a guy with evil intentions, but the music is very light and catchy, which masked the meaning of the song. The song is featured in a few movies such as Coyote Ugly (2000), Seed of Chucky (2004), and Mean Girls (2004).

The music from this group has been around for many generations to listen to and enjoy. Blondie’s music may not be like today’s Rock, but that is what makes it so unique and standout from the rest. Below is the performance of One Way Or Another.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul McCartney’s Band On The Run Placed #1 On The U.S Album Chart

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Paul McCartney is known as being a member of the Beatles. In 1971 he started a group with his wife Linda named Paul McCartney & Wings according to allmusic.com. One of the albums they recording was Band On The Run. The album was #1 on the U.S Album Chart on April 13th 1974 states thisdayinmusic.com. The album sold 6 million copies World-Wide.

 

This Album included songs such as the album title song Band on The Run, Jet, and Picasso’s Last Waords (Drink to Me). To record Band on The Run Paul McCartney used the same method The Beatles used on some of the albums. According to songfacts.com he combined two song different songs making it into one. This song was also used in a movie called The Killing Fields. Songfact.com states the movie is about a young woman with a transistor radio listens to this in the wake of a brutal US bombing of a Cambodian village when suspected rebels are being rounded up and shot.

The song Jet was named after a black Lab that Paul McCartney had, but the song wasn’t about his dog. The song was focused on freedom; McCartney did something similar when he used an amusement park ride as the title for a song about madness in “Helter Skelter” according to songfacts.com. The site also mentions that Tony Visconti, who did a lot of production work for David Bowie and Thin Lizzy, did the orchestration on this song, giving the song a lot of energy and drive.

The third song Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me) is about the famous artist in the 20th century. Pablo Picasso one of his famous pieces is Le Rêve (The Dream). When artist passed away, news reached Paul McCartney in Jamaica where he came up with the song states songfacts.com.

The songs on the album Band on The Run have stories behind them. The stories make the album  more interesting and give meaning to the songs. Paul McCartney has a talent and it shows in his music. Below is the video for the song Band on The Run.

Beastie Boys Reach #1 With Debut Album

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Today in 1987 rap group Beastie Boys was the first group in this genre of music to reach #1 with their debut album Licensed To Ill according to thisdayinmusic.com. the album included songs  such as (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party), No Sleep Till Brooklyn, and Brass Monkey.

According to songfacts.com (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) got the Beastie Boys on MTV and exposed them to a huge audience, but they felt it was a novelty song not indicative of their work. They stopped performing it in 1987. The site also states the song was a radio hit before the video was made. MTV knew it would appeal to their core audience of young males, so they held a spot in hot rotation while the video was being made.

The song No Sleep Till Brooklyn and its video are a send-up of Heavy Metal music, playing up the ridiculous costumes, excessive hairspray and tendency for bands to take themselves just a tad too seriously in a very Spinal Tap way according to songfacts.com.

Brass Monkey is about an alcoholic beverage. Brass Monkey is rum, vodka, and orange juice mixed over ice. Very popular with college kids trying to get drunk according to songfacts.com. The site also states the track for this song was based on a sample of “Bring It Here” by Wild Sugar.

This rap group will always be part of music history. They also paved the way for future rap artists like Eminem. Beastie Boys‘ rap music is not like the rap music heard on the radio today that consists of violence and cursing. Their rhymes are clean and still well known by music lovers who may not be a big fan of rap. Below is the music video  (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).

Thriller Places #1 on US Album Chart

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Michael Jackson made a big impact in the music world. As an artist he was best known for his album Thriller which was originally released on November 30, 1982. According to thisdayin music.com, on February 26, 1983 Thriller went to No.1 on the US album chart. The site also states it went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.

The music video for the song Thriller was also a huge success. The video won for Best Performance Video, Best Choreography, and Viewer’s Choice at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984 according to songfacts.com. The site also states the clip was so effective that after six singles and a year of release, it boosted yet another track from the album into the Top 10.

The music video has a Halloween theme to it. In the video Michael Jackson takes his date to see a horror film and as he walks her home the dead arise from their graves. The dead surround the couple and in an instant to pop star becomes one of them. This is the longest music video running 14 minutes. The video cost $500,000 to make, and Jackson’s record company had intention of paying for it, since the album was on the downswing and they had already financed videos for two of its songs states songfacts.com.

Other songs that the king of Pop was known for on this album were Billie Jean and Beat It. According to songfacts.com Jackson based the song Billie Jean on a woman who used to stalk him, writing him letters about a son she thought was his. The song Beat It was written by Michael Jackson. He came up with it when his producer, Quincy Jones, encouraged him to write something like “My Sharona,” which was a huge hit for The Knack in 1979 states songfacts.com. The site also mentions Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this song called “Eat It.Rick Derringer played the guitar solo on his version.

On June 24, 2009 the King of Pop died of a drug overdose at age 50 in his Los Angeles home. At this time Michael Jackson was getting ready to make a comeback with concerts at London’s 02 Arena. Michael Jackson maybe gone, but his impact on the music world will always be remembered. Below is the Thriller music video.