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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Music Moves Us

Today in Music History: May 20

Every moving moment of our lives is an open door to some form of music. Whether radio, television, iPod, choir rehearsal, listening to the birds (any sounds of nature) or simply singing in the shower, music surrounds us guiding our every movement. Emotions can be elicited that cause us to well up with tears or feel relaxed and at peace yet excited and joyful. It provides us with comfort in times of sadness, keeps adrenaline pumping in happier times and creates a bond from one person to another.

We are the lovers of music...

 1955, Eddie Calvert was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White'. The song from the film 'Underwater' starring Jane Russell had also been a No.1 for Perez Prado in the same year.

1964, The Four Pennies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Juliet'. The group's only UK No.1.

A Bit of Music Trivia...

1966, The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) appeared at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey. They were performing at their own high school for the very first time. All five members of the band were Juniors at Freehold High School.

1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single 'Ohio', written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
1977, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double A sided single 'I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest'. The Danny Whitten song 'I Don't Want To Talk About It' was also a UK No.3 hit for Everything But The Girl in 1988.

 1977, Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his tribute to Duke Ellington, 'Sir Duke', his sixth US No.1, it made No.2 in the UK.

 1983, David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Dance', featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie's first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic. The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in New South Wales, featured Bowie playing with his band while impassively watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism.

 1983, Michael Jackson's album 'Thriller' went back to No.1 for the third time on the UK charts and stayed at the top for another five weeks.

A Bit of Music Trivia...
1988, Prince scored his first UK No.1 album with 'Lovesexy.' The cover (based on a photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino) caused some controversy upon release as it depicts Prince in the nude. Some record stores refused to stock it or wrapped the album in black.

 1988, Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and 'She's Leaving Home'. The two Beatles songs had been recorded for the ChildLine charity, sales of the single, which spent four weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, were over £600,000, all of which was donated to ChildLine.

1994, All 4 One started an eleven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Swear', a No.2 hit in the UK. The song had been a No.1 country hit for John Montgomery in 1994.

2000, Billie Piper went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Day & Night'. The singers last of 3 No.1's.

 2011, Adele went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rolling In The Deep', taken from her second studio album, 21. The video to the song was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations, 'Rolling in the Deep' was also the Billboard Year End Hot 100 Number One Single of 2011. And on 12 February 2012, 'Rolling in the Deep' received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video.

A Bit of Music Trivia...

2011, Bob Dylan came out on top as both the most inspirational individual for poets and the dream collaborative partner, in a survey carried out by The Foyle Poetry Society. The extensive survey questioned poets asking which musician and which genre of music most inspired their writing. The young people, aged between 11 and 17, from countries throughout the world also voted for artists such as Regina Spektor, David Bowie, Florence and the Machine, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and Pete Doherty.

 And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...