It's not just about the music, the words and the melodies, but also the stories behind the music and the performances that set the stage for MTV and DVDs yet to come. Some of the most interesting trivia comes from songs of the past that were covered by other artists whose renditions are more remembered than the original. For some, the beginning we know may not be a song's beginning at all.Today in Music History: April 25
Follow the recordings of 'Such a Night':
While Johnny Ray may have recorded this song today in 1954, this was not its first release. The Drifters' original version, featuring Clyde McPhatter, was recorded in November 1953 and released in January 1954. Despite being banned by some radio stations as too "racy", it reached number 2 on the American R&B chart in 1954.
Dinah Washington was one of the most versatile cross-over artists of the post World War II era. Her gospel-trained voice—noted for its rhythmical precision and tonal clarity—performed blues, jazz, and ballads with equal authority. She released "Such a Night" in 1962 but it did not chart.
The Four Lovers released their version of the song in 1956. The Four Lovers later became known as The Four Seasons.
Which night resonates best with you?
Other recordings of songs titled 'Stuck on You'...
Of these three, which one is stuck on you?
Here are some hit singles on this day...
1970 the Jackson 5 started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'ABC'. It was the group's second US No.1 and a No.8 hit in the UK. This became the Jackson 5's second #1 hit by knocking out the Beatles' 'Let It Be'. According to co-writer Freddie Perren, the music of this is the chorus of their previous hit, 'I Want You Back'. Michael Jackson sang lead. He was 11 years old, the youngest of the group.
1982 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ebony And Ivory'. This was McCartney's 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!". It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.
1987 Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'La Isla Bonita'. The fifth and final single from her third studio album, 'True Blue', made her the only female artist to score four UK No.1 singles. The song had been offered to Michael Jackson for his 'Bad' album.
1987 U2 started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album 'The Joshua Tree'. Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, the album topped the charts in over 20 countries, and is one of the world's all-time best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. The album which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year produced the hit singles 'With or Without You', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For', and 'Where the Streets Have No Name'.
'Jump' has been recorded by four different artists under the same title but different lyrics.
Van Halen 'Jump' - 1983
Madonna 'Jump' - 2006
Rihanna 'Jump' - 2012
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...