Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Music History Today: April 30, 2020

April 30, 1983: Michael Jackson's collaboration with Van Halen, the song "Beat It," hits number 1 in America for the first of three weeks.
In 1982, Michael Jackson wasn’t yet Michael Jackson, megastar. Before Thriller, the then–24-year-old had released five solo albums but was still defining his own sound separate from the success of the Jackson 5. 
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He had won his first Grammy for Off the Wall‘s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and begun a long and fruitful relationship with producer Quincy Jones. 
Read more:  Rolling Stone
April 30, 1966: The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'," a song originally recorded by The Olympics a year earlier, goes to number 1 in America.

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 "Good Lovin'" is a song written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick that was a #1 hit single for the Young Rascals in 1966. It's one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was ranked #333 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. 
Read more: Wikipedia


April 30, 1973: Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" including "My Love." 
Red Rose Speedway was recorded with the second line-up of Wings, with Henry McCullough joining on guitar. The original plan was to release a double album, with around 30 songs mooted for inclusion, but McCartney was persuaded by EMI to condense the selection to a single disc.
Read more:  Beatles Bible


April 30, 1988: Pink Floyd's album Dark Side Of The Moon drops out of the Billboard Albums chart for the first time in 11 years. The band is still on the chart though, with A Momentary Lapse Of Reason at number 62.
The Dark Side of the Moon is among the most critically acclaimed records in history, often featuring on professional listings of the greatest albums. The record reached number one on the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart (now known as the Billboard 200), and has charted for 950 weeks in total.  With estimated sales of over 45 million copies, it is Pink Floyd's best seller, and one of the best-selling albums worldwide.   
Read more:  Wikipedia

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