On July 31, 1995, Selena’s Dreaming of You, her first English album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The album was released three months after her unexpected murder, and sold 2 million copies in its first year. The Mexican-American singer become the first Hispanic artist to ever debut at No. 1.
On this day in 1985, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “Shout’‘ by Tears for Fears.
Below, the tracks as they appeared in the original recording. Click on the song names to watch a video or performance of the song.
The next tune was not on this album, but it’s one of my favorites from the duo’s later hits:
On this day in 1971, The Raiders’ “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” topped the charts. This song was the group’s biggest hit, and the last to reach the Top 20. Below, the group performs this Number 1 hit, and some of its previous ones.
Elvis Presley’s first single, “That’s All Right” was recorded on this day in 1954 at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and was released in September of that year. The song was written and originally recorded by Arthur Crudup, earlier in 1954.
On this recording, Elvis provided vocals and rhythm guitar; Scotty Moore played lead guitar; and Bill Black was on the upright “slapped” bass. It was produced by Sam Phillips, and all parts were performed at once and recorded on a single track. “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was its B Side.
More on the legendary Sun Studios -and my recent visit there-will be coming your way soon.