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The end of the 1980s brought one of rock’s biggest hits: Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns N’ Roses.
Appetite for Destruction was the debut album for Guns N’ Roses, recorded in a variety of studios in southern California, with many of the songs written collaboratively by band members Axl Ross, Duff Kagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler and Slash.
The first two singles from the album, It’s So Easy and Welcome to the Jungle, were released before and after the album’s release in July 1987 by Geffen. Sweet Child O’Mine was the third single, released in August 1988.
The song was written in less than an hour and was based on a guitar exercise by Slash that turned into something more thanks to contributions by band members. But it also wasn’t considered a real song by Slash.
The song was a hot – getting mainstream radio airplay and powered by a popular music video that was shown regularly on MTV and MuchMusic, Sweet Child O’ Mine hit number one on September 10, 1988. The music video featured the band’s girlfriends at the Huntington Beach Ballroom in Huntington Beach, California where the band was shown as if they were recording.
The rock single stayed at number one for two weeks, and spent 24 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sweet Child O’Mine has become a classic of Guns N’ Roses and was their only Billboard Hot 100 number one hit. It has been featured in over 10 film soundtracks.
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The beginning of September is always a good time to remember the song September by Earth Wind & Fire.
Previously unreleased, although played live at many concerts, September was finally included in the band’s first best of compilation The Best of Earth Wind and Fire Vol. 1.
Written by Maurice White, Allee Willis and Al McKay, the song was created over a month, but wasn’t written in September.
The song infused catchy lyrics with a full array of brass instruments and a dance baseline highlighted by the singing of White. And the music video showed the band’s colourful and memorable stage performance.
Released in November 1978, the single slowly climbed the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 8 after 17 weeks on the charts in February 1979. The song hit number one on the Billboard Soul charts.
Certified silver in the UK and certified gold in the US, September has become a long-time classic by Earth Wind and Fire. Listen to it here.
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