Saturday, April 17, 2021

Music History Today: April 18, 2021

April 18, 1975: Alice Cooper's first TV special, Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album airs on US television.

It was 1975, the year that Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti while Motörhead and the Sex Pistols formed. And Alice Cooper went solo and recorded the album of his career It’s worth noting that by the time Alice Cooper released Welcome To My Nightmare in February 1975, he was already one of the most famous rock celebrities on the planet.

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Between 1971 and 1974, the Alice Cooper Band, which consisted of Cooper himself (born Vincent Furnier), guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith, had notched up an impressive run of some 10 major singles culled from five hit albums, four of which gained them platinum status. 
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April 18, 1987: Aretha Franklin and George Michael's duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" hits number 1 in the US

"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" was written by songwriting duo Dennis Morgan and Simon Climie. The song was not originally written as a duet.

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Climie and Morgan pitched the song to Tina Turner, as well as to Aretha Franklin and Arista Records head Clive Davis. It was then Davis's idea to get Franklin to record it as a duet with George Michael. 
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April 18, 1987: MTV finally acknowledges the existence of heavy metal with the debut of Headbangers Ball, a weekly show dedicated to the genre.

On April 18, 1987, Headbangers Ball premiered on MTV. According to an unofficial fan site, the inaugural show featured clips by Cinderella ("Somebody Save Me"), Dokken ("Dream Warriors"), Whitesnake ("Still of the Night"), Accept ("Balls to the Wall"), Kiss ("Tears Are Falling") and Poison ("Talk Dirty to Me"), among others.

The first episode was co-hosted by Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who were in fine, humorous form as they introduced and announced videos from Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard, as well as an interview with a then-new Tesla. 

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April 18, 1992: "Beauty and the Beast" by Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson tops out at number 9 on the US charts.
"Beauty and the Beast" is a song written by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken for the Disney animated feature film Beauty and the Beast (1991).

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The film's theme song, the Broadway-inspired ballad was first recorded by British-American actress Angela Lansbury in her role as the voice of the character Mrs. Potts. It was subsequently recorded as a pop duet by Canadian singer Celine Dion and American singer Peabo Bryson, and released as the only single from the film's soundtrack. 
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April 18, 1996: Gavin Rossdale of Bush is shirtless on the cover of Rolling Stone, but the article inside trashes the band, calling them "Nirvanawannabes."
For at least a little while, Gavin Rossdale says his voice was actually an obstruction to his success, not the reason for it. 

The gravely-voiced front man of the U.K. group, Bush, says that when he and the band were on the rise in the late 80s and early 90s, there was a wave of music that didn’t quickly welcome in a rough, raw singer like Rossdale. At the time, Britpop was all the rage, with bands like Blur, Oasis and Suede topping the charts. But Rossdale was more into – and reflected – groups like Soundgarden, Soul Asylum and Jane’s Addiction. 
Read more: American Songwriter

Welcome To My Nightmare:
The Making Of A Record Album



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