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:   

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“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: 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
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