Saturday, April 25, 2020

Music History Today: April 26, 2020

April 26, 1966: Dusty Springfield was at Number 1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me."
It is considered one of the greatest songs of heartbreak in the pop music canon. That it combined the music of an Italian pop song and lyrics from a pair of songwriting novices also makes it one of the unlikeliest ones. 
Dusty Springfield
Dusty Springfield
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Unlikely, that is, until you consider the staggeringly brilliant performance of the song by Dusty Springfield. Then it all makes sense.  
Read more: American Songwriter
April 26, 1969: Canada's Guess Who's latest single,  "These Eyes," entered the Billboard Top 40. 

 Guess Who 1975
In 1970, The Guess Who, Canadian rock band, performed their hit “These Eyes” and took the world by storm with their contagious melodies and sweet, soft voices. Released as a single in 1969 and re-released on the Wheatfield Soul album in April, the track hit #6 on the Billboard Pop Singles.
Read more:  Society of Rock

April 26, 1975: John Lennon's cover of  Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" reached Number 20 in the US. 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Photographer Kishin Shinoyama
The only single to be issued from John Lennon’s 1975 album Rock ‘N’ Roll, Stand By Me was a cover version of Ben E King’s 1961 classic. When the song was taped during the Rock ‘N’ Roll sessions, it wasn’t the first time Lennon had performed it in the studio. The Beatles had played it during the Let It Be recording sessions in 1969.  
Read more: Beatles Bible

April 26, 1980: Blondie was at Number 1 on the UK singles chart with 'Call Me,' the group's fourth UK chart-topper.

Deborah Harry - Blondie
Blondie had recently completed work on their fourth album in the summer of 1979 when they were tapped by Italian disco maestro Giorgio Moroder to record a new song for an upcoming movie. Moroder was coming off a string of hits, including Donna Summer's groundbreaking singles from a few years earlier and the No. 1 Bad Girls LP earlier in 1979.  Blondie broke through the year before with their own disco hit, "Heart of Glass." So, the team-up made sense all around.  
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
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