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On this day in music history: September 21, 1968 - “Harper Valley P.T.A.” by Jeannie C. Riley hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Country singles chart for 3 weeks on September 28, 1968. Written by Tom T. Hall, it is the biggest hit for the country and gospel singer born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson. Born and raised in Stamford, TX in 1945, Stephenson marries Mickey Riley and give birth to a daughter, before moving to Nashville to work as a secretary at the offices of music publisher Passkey Music. While working at the publisher that Riley sings on numerous song demos, one of which is heard by Mercury Records staff producer Shelby Singleton. Believing in her potential, Singleton signs her as the first artist on his newly established Plantation Records imprint through Mercury. Written by country music legend Tom T. Hall, the songs narrative is about a young widowed mother in a small southern town, being berated by the local P.T.A. (Parent Teachers Association) at her daughter’s school, when they don’t approve of her manner of dress and supposed “loose” morals. The woman stands up to the people, pointing out their shortcomings and exposing their great hypocrisy. Released as a single in late July of 1968, it is an immediate smash, selling 1.7 million copies in just two weeks, and quickly rising up the country and pop singles charts. Entering the Hot 100 at #81 on August 24, 1968, it rockets to the top of the chart four weeks later. At the time of its release, it takes the single largest leap up the Hot 100 when it moves from its debut position of #81 to #7 in its second week. Jeannie C. Riley becomes the first female country artist in history to top both the pop and country singles charts at the same time. This does not occur again until 1981 when Dolly Parton tops both charts simultaneously with “9 To 5”. Riley also wins a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1969. “Harper Valley P.T.A.” later inspires a hit television movie starring actress Barbara Eden (“I Dream Of Jeannie”). The movie is spun off into a TV series running on NBC in 1981-82. “Harper Valley P.T.A.” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.


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On this day in music history: September 21, 1985 - “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Mark Knopfler and Sting, it is the biggest hit for the veteran British rock band. Knopfler is inspired to write the song while shopping in a New York City appliance store with his wife. In the electronics department, he overhears a store employee staring at a wall of TV’s all showing MTV and openly criticizing the images he sees. While recording the track at AIR Studios in Montserrat, Sting visits the band while the recording is in progress and contributes background vocals to the song. He receives a writing credit (at his publishers insistence) since his “I Want My MTV” line borrows the melody from The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”. Issued as the second single from “Brothers In Arms”, the nearly eight and a half minute long album track is edited down to 4:38 for the commercial single release. Original LP pressings feature a slightly shorter version running 7:04 to conform to the formats time constraints. A third edit running just over four minutes excising the songs second verse is serviced to radio stations. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on July 13, 1985 (the same day the band performs it at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London), it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The success of the single is in part due to an innovative music video directed by Steve Barron, that features color tinted footage of the band combined with early computer generated animation. “Money For Nothing” wins a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and the MTV Video Music Award for Video Of The Year in 1986.


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For the longest while, when I thought of the song title Staring At The Sun, it would be in relation to one of my favorite songs from TV and the Radio. Henceforth on, I’ll also be thinking of NYC  based crooner TOTEM and his latest single, too. The golden voiced R&B pop artist makes a steamy swooning, synth lavish return on the moody smoldering, torrid longing ballad. We’re always told not to stare at the sun lest it damage our eyes forevermore, yet there’s something so enticing about looking into its heavenly brilliance and thrilling effulgence. Plus, there’s an allure to the danger and risks involved. I suppose we’re all moths, drawn to the flame of desire and passion. Staring At The Sun comes from TOTEM’s upcoming third studio EP.

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On this day in music history: September 21, 1963 - “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Easy Listening chart for 8 weeks on September 7, 1963. Written by Lee Morris and Bernie Wayne, it is the second chart topping single for the pop vocalist born Stanley Robert Vinton, Jr.. Written in 1950, the song is a hit for singer Tony Bennett the following year, peaking at number sixteen on the Billboard Best Sellers chart. It is also recorded by R&B/Doo Wop vocal group The Clovers in later 1954. Their version peaks at number fourteen on the Rhythm & Blues chart in February of 1955. Vinton’s version is recorded at Columbia Studios in Nashville, TN in just two takes at the end of the session. The song features such top studio musicians as Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, Grady Martin, and Charlie McCoy. Released in late July of 1963, it quickly becomes a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #78 on August 10, 1963, it races to the top of the chart six weeks later. Bobby Vinton’s recording of “Blue Velvet” in part inspires David Lynch’s 1986 film of the same name, and is heard several times throughout, by Vinton and is sung by actress Isabella Rossellini. “Velvet” becomes a belated hit in England in 1990 when it is featured in a commercial for Nivea body lotion. The re-release hits number two on the UK singles chart, also peaking at number seven in Australia and number nine in Korea.

Blizzard: Soldier: 76 is one BAD ol’ man. He wears leather, has a cool voice, outruns bullets, and kicks butt with no hint of slowing down. (…) At one point in time, we had Soldier: 76 repeatedly smashing a villain’s face into the concrete until it was a bloody mess. After a creative review, it was suggested that perhaps we had gone too far. With this note, we decided to dial back the brutality.

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