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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Old Songs vs. New Songs

Today in Music History: September 23

There are old songs and there are new songs. As music has evolved Through the Centuries, somewhere along the way the quality seems to have lost its way. Of course, that is all dependent upon how one truly defines music. There will always be the 'hits' that make one wonder WHY? HOW? Who paid who so to speak. Then, there are the classics. The songs that will never die. Overall, music will continue to change...not necessarily for the better or worse. Sometimes it just takes a little more digging, fine tune listening, to truly find the gems that will last and last...at least in the scrapbook of the mind.

1957 Buddy Holly and The Crickets went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day'. The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film 'The Searchers'.
 1965 The Walker Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart (No.16 in the US) with the Burt Bacharach song, 'Make It Easy On Yourself', the trio's first of two UK No.1's.
1967 The Box Tops started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Letter', a No.5 hit in the UK. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.
1978 10cc had their third and final UK No.1 single with 'Dreadlock Holiday'. The lyrics, about a white man lost in Jamaica, were based on a true event that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart from 10cc in Barbados.

1989 Milli Vanilli started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Girl I'm Gonna Miss You', the duo's second US No.1 a No.2 hit in the UK. Also today the duo went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Girl You Know It's True'.
1995 Jamaican Reggae singer Shaggy scored his second No.1 UK single when 'Boombastic' went to the top of the charts for one week. Also a US No.1.
 2001 Kylie Minogue started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'. The Australian singers 6th No.1 was written and produced by Cathy Dennis and former Mud guitarist Rob Davis for which the pair won an Ivor Novello Award for the most performed song of the year. 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' charted at No.1 in 40 countries.
 2006 Neil Young was named Artist of the Year at the Americana Honors and Awards at the fifth annual event in Nashville, Tennessee. The 60-year-old singer-songwriter released the protest album Living With War this year.  
2001 Beyonce was at No.1 on the US album chart with her second solo album B'Day.
 2007 James Blunt scored his second UK No.1 album with All The Lost Souls.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...