March 25 – Hillybilly music, The Turtles, Killing Me Softly, The Streets OPM

1939


Cowboy Jack, 1939

Billboard introduces a Hillbilly Records category in its magazine.
 
For a time it becomes ‘Western and Race’. In July 1944 a section appears titled ‘American Folk Tunes: Cowboy and Hillbilly Tunes and Tunesters’. By 1944 there are more than 600 country music radio shows. Billboard begins tabulating jukebox favorites.
 
On Dec. 10, 1949, with sales mounting, Billboard starts a chart for ‘Country & Western Records Most Played By Folk Disk Jockeys’.
 
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See also: Country music:Early history, Billboard charts, National Barn Dance (WLS-AM, 1924-1960)

1967

LA pop rock band The Turtles has taken a demo of a song turned down so many times the demo is worn-out and turned it into US#1, UK#12 hit Happy Together.
 
The song’s been heard dozens of times in film and TV, and makes BMI’s list of most-played of the century.
 
In 1968 the Turtles record another song as a parody of happy-go-lucky pop, and it turns into US#6 hit Elenore. (Just the same way that Canadians The Diamonds got their US#2 ten years earlier. )  ( Website

1973

US singer Roberta Flack gets herself an immortal US#1 hit with Killing Me Softly with His Song.
 
The recording wins three 1974 Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Record, and Best Female Vocal.
 
In 1996 a version by Haitian-American hip-hop group Fugees reaches UK#1,US#2. As a result The Score (their last album) becomes an international #1. In 1998 magazine The Source includes it in their 100 best rap albums list. Members Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean move on to successful solo careers.
 
 ( Website  ( Fugees site

2002

UK garage project The Streets releases debut album Original Pirate Material (US release October 22).
 
Reaching UK#12, it rebounds in 2004 to UK#10 with the release of second, concept album A Grand Don’t Come for Free, widely praised by critics. In 2003 NME names OPM number 9 in their list of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade. Has It Come to This 

See also: List of UK garage artists