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Today in Music: 5/31/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Funkytown” by Lipps, Inc. became the number one song in the US on May 31, 1980. Written by Steven Greenberg, the song spent a total of four weeks at the top spot. “Funkytown” was the lead single from the group’s debut studio album Mouth to Mouth and featured vocals by Cynthia Johnson. The vocoderized, robot-like vocal was an obvious precurser to today’s Auto-tune sound. “Funkytown” was a worldwide smash, also hitting number one in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland. In America, the song also reached the pinnacle of the Disco chart. #funkytown #lippsinc #disco #discohits #stevengreenberg #mouthtomouth #cynthiajohnson #vocoder #autotune #billboardhot100 #hotdiscochart #australia #austria #belgium #canada #france #israel #netherlands #norway #spain #switzerland #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/30/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On May 30, 1966, country superstar Dolly Parton married Carl Dean at a small church in Ringgold, Georgia, attended by Parton’s mother, the preacher who performed the ceremony and his wife. Parton’s mother made the bride’s dress and bouquet. The couple met two years earlier outside the Wishy Washy laudromat in Nashville where Parton had recently moved for her career. She was 18 and Dean was 21. Dolly Parton’s successful rise was just beginning and her record label was against the marriage as they felt it would negatively impact her burgeoning career. In typical Dolly fashion, she was hearing none of it and proceeded with the marriage. Over the course of their enduring relationship, the fiercely private Dean has only appeared in public with Dolly a handful of times. The have both cited their respective independence as one of the secrets to their longevity. For their 50th anniversary in 2016, the couple renewed their wedding vows at their home in Nashville. Carl Dean is a retired businessman. #dollyparton #carldean #marriedbliss #ringgold #georgia #wishywashylaudromat #nashville #country #weddings #goldenanniversary #absencemakestheheartgrowfonder #50years #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/29/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On May 29, 1976, “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her 4th #1 as a solo artist. From the 1976 album, Diana Ross, the song was written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod and produced by Hal Davis. “Love Hangover” also achieved number one status on both the Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts. Another version of the song was also recorded around the same time by the Fifth Dimension (their final Hot 100 single) and has been heavily sampled by artists including: Will Smith (“Freakin’ It”), Heavy D (“The Lover’s Got What You Need”), Monica (“The First Night”), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (“Ready 4 War”), Snoop Dogg (“The Cure”) and Janet Jackson (“My Need”). #lovehangover #dianaross #theboss #billboardhot100 #billboardmagazine #numberones #hotsoulsingles #hotdanceclubplay #pamelasawyer #marilynmcleod #haldavis #motown #disco #thefifthdimension #hiphopsamples #willsmith #heavyd #monica #bonethugsnharmony #janetjackson #snoopdogg #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/28/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “River Deep – Mountain High” was released on May 28, 1966. Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, “River Deep – Mountain High” was performed exclusively by Tina Turner but credited to Ike & Tina Turner. The song was produced by Phil Spector, who paid Ike Turner $20,000 to stay away from the studio so that Spector could exercise complete creative control of the project with Tina. The deal gave Ike the credit on the record. Although the song did not perform well upon release in the United States, it reached #3 in the UK and was considered by Phil Spector to be his highest achievement as a producer. “River Deep – Mountain High” has been covered by Deep Purple, The Supremes, the Four Tops and Celine Dion. #riverdeepmountainhigh #tinaturner #ikeandtinaturner #philspector #jeffbarry #elliegreenwich #wallofsound #iketurner #uk #deeppurple #thesupremes #thefourtops #celinedion #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/27/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On May 27, 1976, Aretha Franklin released Music from the Warner Bros. Picture “Sparkle”. Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, the album is the soundtrack to the 1976 film Sparkle starring Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith and Philip Michael Thomas, with Franklin’s vocals substituting for the vocalists from the film. The record was a success for Franklin, returning her to gold status after two low performing albums. Sparkle’s lead single, “Something He Can Feel”, was a number one hit on the R&B chart and reached the top twenty on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992, En Vogue recorded a hugely successful cover of the song for their multi-platinum album Funky Divas. #sparkle #arethafranklin #warnerbros #curtismayfield #irenecara #lonettemckee #dwansmith #philipmichaelthomas #somethinghecanfeel #hot100 #randb #soulsingles #envogue #funkydivas #billboardmag #coversongs #cultfilms #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/24/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on May 24, 1975. “Shining Star” was written by Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey and produced by White. The song was the lead single from Earth, Wind & Fire’s sixth studio album That’s the Way of the World. An enduring hit for the band, “Shining Star” also reached number one on the Soul Singles chart and won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The song has been covered by artists including the Dust Brothers and Chaka Khan. It’s also been sampled numerous times by acts such as MC Lyte (“Paper Thin”), Jodeci (“Gotta Love”), and Public Enemy (“Prophets of Rage”). #shiningstar #earthwindandfire #billboardhot100 #numberonesongs #mauricewhite #larrydunn #philipbailey #thatsthewayoftheworld #soulsingles #soul #randb #grammyawards #bestrandbperformancebyaduoorgroupwithvocals #dustbrothers #chakakhan #mclyte #paperthin #jodeci #gottalove #publicenemy #prophetsofrage #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/23/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On May 23, 2000, Eminem released his third studio album The Marshall Mathers LP. Produced by Dr. Dre, Eminem, the 45 King, the Bass Brothers and Mel-Man, the album was the follow-up to Eminem’s hugely successful breakthrough, The Slim Shady LP. The lyrical content of The Marshall Mathers LP examines the rapper’s rise to fame and the controversies surrounding his music. The album received critical acclaim upon release and has appeared on many critic’s lists as one of the greatest albums of all time. The Marshall Mathers LP became the fastest-selling studio album by a solo artist (a record Eminem held until being surpassed by Adele’s 25 in 2015) and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Five singles were released from the record: “The Real Slim Shady”, “The Way I Am”, “Stan”, “I’m Back”, and “Bitch Please II”. #eminem #themarshallmatherslp #drdre #the45king #45king #thebassbrothers #melman #theslimshadylp #adele #adele25 #grammyawards #bestrapalbum #therealslimshady #thewayiam #stan #imback #bitchplease #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/22/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Silly Love Songs” by Wings reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 22, 1976. Written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, the song was Paul’s response to critics accusing him of writing soppy, lightweight love songs. “Silly Love Songs” was McCartney’s 27th number one as a songwriter, making him the all-time record holder (he still owns the title with a current total of 32). The song was well received and spent a total of 5 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart, ending 1976 as Billboard’s top pop song of the year. With “Silly Love Songs”, MCartney also became the first person to have a year-end number one single as a member of two separate acts. He earned two year-end number ones with the Beatles: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1964) and “Hey Jude” (1968). “Silly Love Songs” was the lead single from Wings’ 5th studio album, Wings at the Speed of Sound. #wings #paulmccartney #sillylovesongs #lindamccartney #paulmccartneyandwings #billboardmagazine #numberonesongs #hot100 #lovesongs #songwriters #thebeatles #beatles #iwanttoholdyourhand #heyjude #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/21/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On May 21, 1971, Marvin Gaye released his 11th studio album What’s Going On. Considered a landmark of popular music, What’s Going On is a concept album told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning home to witness suffering, injustice and hatred. Gaye’s idea to create an album focused on social issues was wholly rejected by Motown’s Berry Gordy. Mr. Gordy only changed his mind after Motown sales executive Barney Ales, released 100,000 copies of the song “What’s Going On” (without Berry Gordy”s knowledge) and the song quickly became a hit. The song would become Motown’s fastest-selling single and Gordy allowed Gaye complete creative control of the full album project with the agreement that Gaye could deliver the finished album to the label within 30 days. Hailed as a classic of 1970s soul, What’s Going On was unlike anything Motown had ever released but became an immediate critical and commercial success. The album was also notable as being the first to credit Motown’s in-house session musicians, the Funk Brothers. Four singles were released from What’s Going On: “What’s Going On”, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”, “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”, and “Save the Children”. #whatsgoingon #marvingaye #conceptalbum #vietnamvet #socialissues #motown #berrygordy #barneyales #1970s #70ssoul #randb #iconic #funkbrothers #mercymercyme #innercityblues #makemewannaholler #savethechildren #iconicalbums #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 5/20/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Groovin” by the Young Rascals reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 20, 1967. Written by group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, the song reflected Cavaliere’s new interest in Afro-Cuban music. The group’s label, Atlantic Records, had reservations about the song and did not want to release it. Influential New York disc jockey Murray the K recognized the song as a hit and persuaded Atlantic to reconsider their decision. “Groovin” spent a total of four (non-consecutive) weeks at the top of the chart (the song’s reign at number one was interrupted for two weeks by Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”). “Groovin” is one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. #groovin #theyoungrascals #billboardhot100 #billboardnumberones #felixcavaliere #eddiebrigati #afrocuban #atlanticrecords #murraythk #arethafranklin #respect #rockandrollhalloffame #500songsthatshapedrockandroll #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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