Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Music History Today: April 23, 2020

April 23, 1971: The Rolling Stones released their classic album Sticky Fingers in the UK. 
Some album covers are memorable because they perfectly express an artist’s image (or brand, if you will), as well as music. 
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Such is the case with Sticky Fingers, the 11th American studio album of the Rolling Stones, a band that has existed for 57 years and will tour the United States yet again in 2019. 
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April 23, 1969: The Beatles were at number 1 on the UK singles chart with "Get Back." 
Originally released as a single on 11 April 1969 and credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston, “Get Back” was the first and only single by The Beatles to credit another artist, Preston played the organ on the song and was by then one of the few people that were privileged to be called a “5th Beatle.” The song was initially thought to be included on their aborted 1969 album “Get Back” that would become “Let It Be” in 1970.  
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April 23, 1983: David Bowie started a three week run at  number 1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced "Let's Dance."
David Bowie’s worldwide smash hit single, Let’s Dance, was released 35 years ago today in the UK. Previously recorded as a March 17 release, new evidence points to the fact that the single was actually issued on Monday March 14, 1983. 

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Considering the previous album, Scary Monsters, Let’s Dance heralded yet another sharp change in direction for Bowie and this single and it’s flipside (a rerecording of Cat People) were perfect tasters for the album of the same name which followed in April.  
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April 23, 1983: "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners goes to number 1 in the US. 
The greatest one-hit wonder of the 80’s? Maybe the greatest one-hit wonder of all time?  You can certainly make that case about Dexys Midnight Runners and “Come On Eileen,” the band’s 1982 lightning bolt of a single that they never could quite repeat. 

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Not that they should be ashamed about that, because this was a song that brimmed with so much spirit and passion that anyone would be hard-pressed to replicate it.  
Read more: American Songwriter

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