Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Music History Today: April 16, 2020

April 16, 1972: Pink Floyd appeared at the Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, on their Dark Side of The Moon tour.
The Dark Side of the Moon Tour was a concert tour by British rock band Pink Floyd in 1972 and 1973 in support of their album The Dark Side of the Moon. 
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There were two separate legs promoting Dark Side of the Moon, one in 1972 before the album's release and another in 1973 after its release. 
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April 16, 1966: Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" was released.
Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose golden voice powered the 1966 classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died today of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard,” Rod Stewart said when he inducted Sledge into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. “Is anything possible when this man sings? It certainly is.” Sledge was 74.    
Read more:  Rolling Stone


April 16, 1970: The Led Zeppelin single 'Whole Lotta Love' was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. 
Jimmy Page came up with the guitar riff for "Whole Lotta Love" in the summer of 1968, on his houseboat on the River Thames at Pangbourne, Berkshire, England. John Paul Jones has stated that Page's famous riff probably emerged from a stage improvisation during the band's playing of "Dazed and Confused". Page denied that the song originated onstage and that he had the riff and the rest took it from there.  
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April 16, 1971: Ringo Starr releases his second solo single in the US, "It Don't Come Easy," which will peak at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
"It Don't Come Easy" is a song by English rock musician Ringo Starr that was released as a non-album single in April 1971. It was produced by George Harrison, Starr's former Beatles bandmate, who also helped write the song, although only Starr is credited. The pair performed it together in August 1971 at Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh shows in New York City, a recording from which was released on the live album of the same name.    
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