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On this day in music history: March 21, 1989 - “Nick Of Time”, the tenth album by Bonnie Raitt is released. Produced by Don Was, it is recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Capitol Studios, Hollywood Sound in Hollywood, CA, and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from Mid - Late 1988. Her first album for new label Capitol Records, it follows nearly two decades with Warner Bros Records which produced several critically acclaimed but modest selling albums. Working with Was (Not Was) bassist turned producer Don Was, he assembles a group of top notch musicians including members of Raitt’s own touring band along with studio veterans including Ricky Fataar (drums) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) as well as other guests such as Herbie Hancock (keyboards), John Jorgenson (guitar), and David Crosby (background vocals). It initially gets off to slow start but gains momentum throughout the year. The album wins three Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year in 1990. It spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, topping the chart exactly one year after making its debut. “Nick Of Time” is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 22, 1975 - “My Eyes Adored You” by Frankie Valli hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, it is the first solo chart topper for the singer from Newark, NJ.  Written by long time Four Seasons songwriter and producer Bob Crewe with singer and songwriter Kenny Nolan (“I Like Dreamin’”, “Lady Marmalade”), the original working title of the song is “Blue Eyes In Georgia”. It is originally recorded by The Four Seasons in early 1974 during the groups brief stint on Motown Records MoWest imprint. When the label refuses to release it, Valli buys the the master back for $4,000, and tries to get it released on another label. After several rejections, Private Stock Records agrees to put it out, but only credited to Valli. Released in early November of 1974, it becomes Valli’s first solo chart entry in the US in nearly six years. Entering the Hot 100 at #94 on November 23, 1974, it takes a slow and measured climb up the chart, hitting the top seventeen weeks later. The success of “My Eyes Adored You” and its follow up “Swearing To God” (#6 Pop), kick starts the revival of both Valli and The Four Seasons’ careers, with the group being signed to Warner Bros through Mike Curb’s Curb Records imprint. Later in 1975, The Four Seasons also experience a dramatic return to the charts, scoring back to back smashes with “Who Loves You” (#3 Pop) and “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)” (#1 Pop). “My Eyes Adored You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Born on this day: March 22, 1943 - Jazz guitar legend and vocalist George Benson (born in Pittsburgh, PA). Happy 74th Birthday, George!!