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Joni Mitchell, Celine Dion, Buddy Holly- This Week In Music History


The Hissing of Summer Lawns

On this day in 1975, Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released her classic seventh studio album, The Hissing of Summer Lawns. The album included some of the singer’s greatest albums, among which “In France They Kiss on Main Street” and “Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow.”

Initially, the album received harsh criticism. However, time made its justice, increasing the record’s reputation general appreciation over the years. Following the release of the album, Mitchell was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the album.

February 21: Celine Dion Tops every Chart with “My Heart Will Go On”

On this day in 1998, Celine Dion’s single “My Heart Will Go On” was topping the US and UK charts with a never-seen-before success. Pulled by the blockbuster movie Titanic, the song received both the public and the critique’s approval by pushing the song to the top of every chart. The song was composed by James Horner, with lyrics by Will Jennings.

Just like Titanic became one of the hit movies for both Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet, so “My Heart Will Go On” became the singer’s greatest hit. The song, which was part of the artist’s 1997 Let’s Talk About Love, topped the charts in more than 25 countries. Moreover, the song sold 18 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best selling singles in the history of music

February 22: Andy Warhol dies at age 58

On this day in 1987, one of the most important figures in the art world of the XX century passed away. Core figure and influential power of the music world, Andy Warhol left a huge wound in the hearts of many

The artist passed away at the age of 58. He left behind one of the biggest repertory of art, as well as a set of collaborations in the music side of art. For example, The artist collaborated on the iconic cover of The Velvet Underground’s self named record – the famous peeled banana on a white background. Another key collaboration was the one with The Rolling Stones for their Sticky Fingers’ cover. Provocative and considered by some as insulting, the cover surely was part of the incredible success of the band’s 1971 studio album.

February 23: Buddy Holly’s plane crashes

On February 23rd, 1959, the plane that was driving Buddy Holly through a storm crashed, killing four people – included the singer himself. From the sky of Clear Lake, Iowa, the rock n roll pioneer’s plane fell, leading to the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) and the pilot.

One of the main promises of rock n roll and music revolutionary, the world cried the death of what could’ve been one of the most influential artists. Holly passed away at the age of 22. He left, however, two incredible albums, that changed music and turned it into to what it is now.

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