This Day in Music

December 2nd

December 2

2008Britney Spears releases Circus.  The title track and Womanizer were hits.

2004: Snoop Dogg tops singles chart for the first time with Drop It Like It’s Hot, featuring Pharrell Williams.

2003Alicia Keys releases her album The Diary of Alicia Keys.  The single is You Don’t Know My Name.

1998Shania Twain memorable music video for That Don’t Impress Me Much debuts on Country Music Television.  Here’s a link to the official version: Video.

1995: The Guinness Book of World Records certifies that Ace of Base’s The Sign is the best-selling debut album of all time, with 19 million copies sold.

1990: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland dies at ninety.  His famous compositions include Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man, popularized by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

1983: Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video debuts on MTV. Even though it is more than thirteen minutes long,  It is a huge hit and initially MTV plays it every hour. The “making of” Thriller becomes the best-selling music video of all time.  Here’s a link to the official version: Video.

1981: The Broadway musical Dreamgirls, based on The Supremes, opens on Broadway. It later becomes a hit movie starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson.

1981: Singer Britney Spears is born.  Her #1s include Baby One More TimeWomanizer3 and Hold It Against Me.

1978Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond’s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers is #1

1978: Singer Nelly Furtado is born.  Say It Right is one of her big hits.

1974Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting, is #1.

1973: The Who are jailed overnight in Montreal following doing $6,000 worth of damage to their hotel suite after their show at the Forum. They spend six hours in jail and are ordered to pay a $2,100 fine.  Bass player John Entwhistle writes the song Cell Block Number Seven about the incident.

1972Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain is released.

1972: The Temptations‘ Papa Was A Rolling Stone hits #1.

1967: The Monkees‘ Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones album is #1.  Pleasant Valley Sunday was the single.

1967: The Monkees‘ Daydream Believer is #1

1963Dominique by The Singing Nun. (Sister Luc-Gabrielle) is #1. The song is about the founder of the Dominican order.

1957Sam Cooke’s You Send Me is #1.

1952: Singer-songwriter Michael McDonald is born.  His hits with The Doobie Brothers and as a solo act include What A Fool Believes,Takin It To The StreetsReal LoveMinute By Minute and I Keep Forgettin’.

Songs Of The Day:

You’re So Vain (Carly Simon); You Send Me (Sam Cooke); Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Tempations); Cell Block Number Seven (The Who); Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas); Womanizer (Britney Spears); Baby One More Time (Britney Spears); Daydream Believer(Monkees); Dominique (Singing Nun); What A Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers); I Keep Forgettin’ (Michael McDonald); Say It Right (Nelly Furtado); You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (Streisand/Diamond); Drop It Like It’s Hot (Snoop Dogg); That Don’t Impress Me Much (Shania Twain); Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees)