Monday, April 20, 2020

Music History Today: April 21, 2020

April 21, 1990: Sinead O’Connor started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song "Nothing Compares To You."
On April 21, 1990, Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks. 
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O’Connor’s version of the Prince-penned ballad was the lead single from her sophomore album, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.”  The song went on to become the No. 1 song of 1990 and the album won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album.  
Read more:  Lifetime
April 21, 1973: Powered by a gnarly stage show and the tracks "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Elected," Alice Cooper's album Billion Dollar Babies hits number 1 in America. 
Forget Marilyn Manson, forget the Sex Pistols; when it came to shocking the self-appointed guardians of international morality to the core, Alice Cooper pretty much wrote the handbook. 

Flaunting a sketchy past swathed in urban legend and cunningly fabricated falsehoods concerning witches, ouija boards, dismembered chickens, blurred genders and necrophilia, Alice Cooper succeeded in outraging the forces of decency to an unprecedented degree over the course of his casual early-70s transition from cult notoriety to mainstream ubiquity.  
Read more:  Louder Sound


April 21, 1979: Amii Stewart's "Knock On Wood" hits number 1 in America. The song was originally recorded by Eddie Floyd in 1966.
 Amii Stewart’s version of “Knock On Wood” is probably one of the least-remembered big hits of the entire disco era. Eddie Floyd’s original version of “Knock On Wood” was only 13 years old when Stewart’s take on the song hit. 

 

In its original form, “Knock On Wood” had been a beautifully distilled piece of nasty Southern R&B. It was only a moderate hit, but it stuck around. Then Amii Stewart came out with a stiff disco take on it that eclipsed the original in popularity completely.
Read more: Stereo Gum


April 21,1984: Phil Collins started a three week run at number 1 in the US singles chart with the theme from "Against All Odds." 
Phil Collins leveraged an old breakup song to garner his first U.S. No. 1 solo hit, then found himself reunited with two Genesis bandmates on the soundtrack to Against All Odds. The presence of Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford should have been a big deal. Gabriel left Genesis a decade earlier, while Rutherford's most recent solo work dated back to 1982's U.K. Top 25 hit Acting Very Strange. 
Read more:  Ultimate Classic Rock


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