15 mai 1982

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CALEB EWAN COMES OF AGE AT GIRO

First victory at the Giro for the young Australian sprinter. Bob Jungels retains the Maglia Rosa! Australia’s Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) claimed his first ever stage victory at the Giro d’Italia as he outsprinted Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a spectacular bunch gallop in Alberobello after Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Giuseppe Fonzi (Wilier Triestina) got reined in with 20km to go. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) retained the Maglia Rosa for the fourth day.

STATISTICS:

  • First win at the Giro d’Italia for Caleb Ewan. It’s his second Grand Tour victory after stage 5 at the 2015 Vuelta a España.
  • This is the 30th stage victory for Australian riders at the Giro, 35 years after the first one, by Tasmania’s Michael Wilson in Cortona on 15 May 1982.
  • The age of the stage winners so far this year: 22 (Gaviria, Ewan), 25 (Polanc, Pöstlberger), 26 (Dillier), 34 (Greipel). Also in 2012, two riders won a stage before turning 23: Taylor Phinney, 21, and Andrea Guardini, 22.
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On this day in music history: May 15, 1982 - “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” by Deniece Williams hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #10 on the Hot 100 on June 12, 1982. Written by Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein and Lou Stallman, it is the second R&B chart topper for the Grammy Award winning songstress from Gary, IN. Co-written by New York based songwriter Teddy Randazzo (“Goin’ Out Of My Head”, “Hurt So Bad”), the song is originally written for Little Anthony & The Imperials, but instead is recorded by the female R&B vocal group The Royalettes when Randazzo is in a financial dispute with Don Costa Productions over royalty payments for the previous hits he has penned for Little Anthony. The Royalettes, who record for MGM Records have a minor hit (#28 R&B) with “Miracle” in 1965. Producer and arranger Thom Bell suggests to Williams that she record “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” while they are working their second album together. The track is cut at the famed Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia in late 1981 with musicians such as Bob Babbitt (bass, piccolo bass), Bobby Eli (guitar), Charles Collins (drums), and Larry Washington (percussion). Issued as a single in March of 1982, it quickly becomes a hit on R&B radio and crosses over to the pop singles chart. The success of “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” sends Williams’ accompanying album “Niecy” into the top five on the Billboard R&B album chart and the top twenty on the Top 200 in mid 1982.

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On this day in music history: April 24, 1982 - “If It Ain’t One Thing… It’s Another” by Richard “Dimples” Fields hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #47 on the Hot 100 on May 15, 1982. Written and produced by Richard “Dimples” Fields and Belinda Wilson, it is the biggest hit for the San Francisco, CA born and raised R&B singer. Fields originally co-writes and record the song in 1975, released on his own small independent label Dat Richfield Kat (DRK) Records. After signing with Neil Bogart’s Boardwalk Records in 1981 and having R&B chart success with the album “Dimples” and its hit single “She’s Got Papers On Me”, he re-records “If It Ain’t One Thing… It’s Another” for the follow up album “Mr. Look So Good!” released in early 1982. The seven minute long song (edited for single release) about personal trials and tribulations capped off with the singer quoting from the bible becomes a huge hit on black radio. “If It Ain’t One Thing… It’s Another” is later quoted as a hook in Snoop Dogg’s 1994 single “Doggy Dogg World”. Fields records another album for Boardwalk titled “Give Everybody Some!” in late 1982 before the label folds the following year. He signs with RCA (later Columbia)shortly after where he scores his last sizable R&B hits with “Your Wife Is Cheatin’ On Us” (#32 R&B) in 1984, and a cover of Aaron Neville’s classic “Tell It Like It Is” (#22 R&B) in 1987. Subsequent albums for Columbia and Bellmark Records fails to make an impact. Richard “Dimples” Fields passes away from a stroke at the age of 57 on January 12, 2000.