Monday, April 27, 2020

Music History Today: April 28, 2020

April 28, 1982: The California State Assembly consumer-protection committee heard testimony from "experts" about playing the Led Zeppelin song, 'Stairway To Heaven" backward. 
In 1982, a California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee hearing featured testimony from “experts” who claimed that “Stairway,” when played backward, contained the words:   

(sign up to follow by email)

“I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off — there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”  Swan Song Records also issued the following statement at the time which said:“Our turntables only play in one direction—forwards.” 
Read more:   Classic Rock Music News  
April 28, 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
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 28, 1966: The first recording session for the Beatles' song, Eleanor Rigby, occurred on this day.  
The first session for one of Paul McCartney’s most famous and best-loved songs, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, took place on this day, with the recording of the string octet backing.  The session was a short one, beginning at 5pm and finishing at 7.50pm. A string octet had been booked. 
Read more: Beatles Bible

April 28, 1969: The self-titled debut album by Chicago Transit Authority is released. 
Chicago Transit Authority is the self-titled debut album by the Chicago-based rock band Chicago Transit Authority, later known as Chicago. It was recorded and released in 1969. For this inaugural recording effort the group was nominated for a Grammy Award for 1969 Best New Artist of the Year.  
Read more: Wikipedia

April 28, 1979: Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" hits Number 1 in America, the first of their four chart-toppers in that country. 
Debbie Harry, the band’s front-woman, was well into her thirties by the time Blondie landed their first #1. She’d been adopted as a baby, raised in New Jersey by a couple who ran a gift shop. \
Debbie Harry & David Bowie
In the ’60s, after she got out of high school, she moved to New York and worked as a secretary, a go-go dancer, and a Playboy Bunny.
Read more:  Stereo Gum

Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin 

No comments:

Post a Comment