Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jason Mraz spent record-setting 70th week on Hot 100 with “I’m Yours”

I’m Yours

Jason Mraz

Writer(s): Jason Mraz (see lyrics here)


Released: February 12, 2008


First Charted: March 15, 2008


Peak: 6 US, 11 RR, 116 AC, 18 A40, 11 AA, 11 UK, 3 CN, 3 AU, 10 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 10.0 US, 0.7 UK, 22.0 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.8 radio, 443.7 video, 1447.61 streaming

Awards:

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About the Song:

“I’m Yours” not only took a few years to get released, but set chart longevity records once it did come out as a single. The song initially turned up as a demo on Mraz’ 2005 EP Extra Credit before launching his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things in 2008. WK

Once it was released as a single in February 2008, it wouldn’t go away. While it never achieved #1 status on the Billboard Hot 100 (it peaked at 36), it spent a whopping 76 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking the previous record of 69 weeks, which had been held for a decade by LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live.” It has since been passed by Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (87 weeks) and AWOL Nation’s “Sail” (79 weeks). WK Interestingly, none of the songs hit #1 on the Hot 100.

The song met a similar fate in the U.K. where it logged 84 weeks on the top 100 chart, a record for a song which never hit the top ten. WK It did top the charts in Sweden and Norway and was a top ten in Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. WK Its longevity and broad appeal did also land it atop a couple of other U.S. charts – it hit #1 on the Mainstream Top 40 and adult contemporary charts ten and twelve months after its release respectively. WK The song went on to be one of the ten best-selling digital songs of all-time in the U.S. WK and was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year as well as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Mraz has said the song “came out of joy” and is about “generosity,” “giving into love and life’s possibilities,” and that “it can be a love song or a personal song of empowerment.” SF He had low expectations for what he called his “happy little hippie song,” SF but has speculated that maybe its longevity was because the song borrowed from multiple genres. Metromix Atlanta described it as “the best Jack Johnson song of the decade” that came not from Johnson, but “a scat-singing, fedora-clad dude from Mechanicsville, Virginia.” MX


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Last updated 11/6/2022.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

R.I.P. Ellie Greenwich/ Her Top 30 Songs

First posted 12/15/2019.

Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, image from Cue Castanents! Blog

Ellie Greenwich was a pop songwriter and record producer born 10/23/1940 in Brookly, NY. Died 8/26/2009. She and husband Jeff Barry were one of the famous Brill Building songwriting teams. Discovered Neil Diamond. Click here for a detailed list of songs which Greenwich wrote or co-wrote, produced, or recorded. Greenwich and Barry wrote “Be My Baby,” which is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999. For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 30 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on the following charts have been noted: Billboard Hot 100 pop charts (US), Cashbox (CB), Hit Records (HR), Radio & Records (RR), Billboard R&B chart (RB), Billboard country chart (CW), Billboard album rock chart (AR), United Kingdom pop chart (UK), Canadian pop chart (CN), and Australian pop chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Be My Baby (The Ronettes, 1963) #1 CB
2. River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner, 1966)

DMDB Top 5%:

3. Chapel of Love (The Dixie Cups, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB, CN
4. Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals, 1963)
5. Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, UK, CN
6. Leader of the Pack (The Shangri-La’s, 1964) #1 US, CB, HR, RB
7. Hanky Panky (Tommy James & the Shondells, 1966) #1 US, CB, HR, CN
8. Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals, 1963)

DMDB Top 20%:

9. Take Me Home Tonight (Eddie Money with Ronnie Spector, 1986) #1 AR
10. Baby I Love You (The Ronettes, 1963)
11. I Can Hear Music (The Beach Boys, 1969)
12. A Fine Fine Boy (Darlene Love, 1963)
13. Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry (Darlene Love, 1963)
14. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts (Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, 1963)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

15. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Darlene Love, 1963)
16. Little Boy (The Crystals, 1964)
17. Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home (Darlene Love, 1963)
18. Not Too Young to Get Married (Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, 1963)
19. I Have a Boyfriend (The Chiffons, 1963)
20. All Grown Up (The Crystals, 1964)

21. Good Night Baby (The Butterflys, 1964)
22. Out in the Streets (The Shangri-La’s, 1965)
23. One Boy Too Late (Mike Clifford, 1963)
24. Maybe I Know (Lesley Gore, 1964)
25. What a Guy (The Raindrops, 1963)
26. I Wanna Love Him (The Jelly Beans, 1964)
27. I’ll Take You Where the Music’s Playing (The Drifters, 1965)
28. Little Bell (The Dixie Cups, 1964)
29. The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget (The Raindrops, 1963)
30. He’s Got the Power (The Exciters, 1963)


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Monday, August 24, 2009

50 years ago: Bobby Darin charted with "Mack the Knife"

Mack the Knife

Louis Armstrong

Writer(s): Kurt Weill (m)/Mark Blitzstein (l)/Berthold Brecht (l) (see lyrics here)


First Charted: January 13, 1956


Peak: 20 US, 77 HR, 8 UK, 14 AU, 18 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): --


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 5.03 video, -- streaming

Mack the Knife

Bobby Darin


First Charted: August 24, 1959


Peak: 19 US, 18 CB, 15 HR, 6 RB, 12 UK, 12 CN (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 24.03 video, 44.7 streaming

Mack the Knife

Ella Fitzgerald


First Charted: April 21, 1960


Peak: 27 US, 31 CB, 6 RB, 19 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): --


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 2.13 video, -- streaming

Awards (Bertolt Brecht):

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About the Song:

“Mack the Knife” originated in 1928 as “Moritat,” which translates to “murder deed.” RCG Bertlot Brecht and Kurt Weill wrote the original German song about “a bloodthirsty Berlin gangster” RS500 on the prowl for the musical The Three Penny Opera. Despite the song’s gruesome subject matter, the irresistible melody made the song hit-worthy. KL Instead of translating the lyrics literally, Marc Blitzstein was assigned to give the song a rewrite. SJ

The song became a standard before Bobby Darin ever recorded it. “Mack” charted six times in 1956 alone; the Dick Hyman Trio’s #8 instrumental version being the most successful. However, Darin’s version trumped them all. A year earlier, at age twenty-two, Darin first hit with the “Splish Splash”, followed by three more hits which cemented his appeal to the teen market. However, he wanted the kind of longevity enjoyed by Frank Sinatra. At the time Darin even told Billboard, “In night clubs I learn to other things. I even do ‘Mack the Knife.’” BB Bob Dylan said Darin would have, like any other kids growing in the ‘40s and ‘50s in America, wanted to be Sinatra – “the way he dressed, the way he sang, the way the girls flocked to his side and swooned.” BD

Thankfully, Tom Dowd, an engineer and producer at Darin’s label, Atlantic Records, was “always on the look-out for new and innovative artists who could preserve the blues or jazz tradition, but the company was concerned that songs should be timely and would cater to the root of the artist, and at the same time would be merchandisable.” TC Ahmet Ertegun, the co-president of the record company, was interested in taking Darin “out of the pop world and into a more adult sphere.” TC

Darin recorded “Mack the Knife” for his standards album That’s All. Darin never saw it being a single SJ but Atlantic thought otherwise. The song transformed Darin’s image into that of “a finger-snapping sophisticate at home in the cocktail lounge.” RS500 It also gave the label its first non-R&B pop hit. TC


Resources:

  • DMDB Encyclopedia entry for Bertolt Brecht
  • BB Billboard (9/08). “All-Time Hot 100
  • TC Toby Creswell (2005). 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time. Thunder’s Mouth Press: New York, NY. Pages 61-2.
  • BD Bob Dylan (2022). The Philosophy of Modern Song. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. Pages 65-67.
  • JA David A. Jasen (2002). A Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Remembered Songs (1899-1999). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Page 126.
  • SJ Bob Shannon and John Javna (1986). Behind the Hits: Inside Stories of Classic Pop and Rock and Roll. New York, NY; Warner Brothers, Inc. Page 196.
  • KL Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh (2005). 1000 UK Number One Hits: The Stories Behind Every Number One Single Since 1952. London, Great Britain: Omnibus Press. Page 59.
  • RCG RimChiGuy.com The Old Songs (1900-1929)
  • RS500 Rolling Stone (2011). “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time


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First posted 8/24/2011; last updated 11/2/2022.