Thursday, April 30, 2020

Music History Today: May 1, 2020

May 1, 1980: The South African government banned Pink Floyd's single "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)."  

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By May 2, 1980, the South African government had issued a ban on "Another Brick in the Wall," creating international headlines. "That apartheid government imposed a cultural blockade, so to speak, on certain songs – including mine," Pink Floyd's Roger Waters lamented in a talk with the Guardian. 
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May 1, 1965: British Invasion band Herman's Hermits hit Number 1 in America with "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter."

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Herman’s Hermits, one of the few bands to give The Beatles a run for their money in the mid 1960s; formed 1963, Manchester, England; membership: Peter Noone, Karl Green, Keith Hop, Derek “Lek” Leckenby.    
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May 1, 1970: Elton John and Bernie Taupin combined on Elton's first American album, Elton John. One of the first John/Taupin hits was from that LP, "Your Song."  
In the 1970s, there were few musicians more successful than Elton John, the British singer and piano player who partnered with lyricist Bernie Taupin. 
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Together, the pair would turn out some of the decade’s most signature and enduring popular songs. “Your Song” was a kickoff of sorts, the breakthrough song that sent Elton John and Bernie Taupin on their way to the big time. 
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May 1, 1972: The Eagles' first single, "Take It Easy," was released.
"Take It Easy" is a song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, and recorded by the Eagles with Frey singing lead vocals. 
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It was the band's first single, released on May 1, 1972. It peaked at No. 12 on the July 22, 1972, Billboard Hot 100 chart. 
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May 1, 1995: Nancy Sinatra, 54, appeared on the Playboy magazine cover wearing only her famous boots
What do you do if you're a single mother in an empty nest who wants to jump-start her career following a 10-year hiatus to raise two daughters? 

Well, if you're 54-year-old Nancy Sinatra, whose go-go boots and miniskirts made her a '60s icon, you reinvent yourself in the '90s with an orchestrated, cross-promotional blitz.   
Read more:  Sun Sentinel

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