Monday, March 29, 2021

Music History Today: March 30, 2021

March 30, 1964: Tracy Chapman is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Musician Tracy Chapman began writing music and performing in Boston, where she recorded songs at the WMFO radio station. She caught her big break in 1986, when a friend's father introduced her to a manager at Elektra Records, and soon recorded Tracy Chapman (1988). 
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The album's most popular single, "Fast Car," landed at No. 5 on the U.K. charts and No. 6 on the U.S. charts. Several years later, Chapman released New Beginning (1995), another widely acclaimed album, which was carried by the hit song "Give Me One Reason." Though her 1995 success has yet to be matched, Chapman stays busy as an activist, speaking and performing on behalf of various organizations. 
Read more: Biography
March 30, 1930: Rolf Harris is born in Perth, Australia.
Rolf Harris is an Australian entertainer whose career has encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television personality. He was convicted in 2014 of the sexual assault of four underage girls, which effectively ended his career. Harris is known for his song "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport."   
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March 30, 1945: Eric Clapton is born in Ripley, England. 

Eric Patrick Clapton was born March 30, 1945, in Ripley, Surrey, England. Clapton's mother, Patricia Molly Clapton, was only 16 years old; his father, Edward Walter Fryer, was a 24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in the United Kingdom during World War II. 

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

Fryer returned to Canada, where he was already married to another woman, before Clapton's birth. As a single teenage mother, Patricia Clapton was unprepared to raise a child on her own, so her mother and stepfather, Rose and Jack Clapp, raised Clapton as their own. Although they never legally adopted him, Clapton grew up under the impression that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his older sister. 

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March 30, 1979: Norah Jones, an American singer, songwriter and pianist, is born.
Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 GRAMMY Awards. 

Norah Jones
Norah Jones
Since then, Norah has sold 50 million albums globally and become a nine-time GRAMMY-winner. Her songs have been streamed five billion times worldwide. She has released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums as well as albums with her collective bands The Little Willies, El Madmo, and Puss N Boots featuring Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper who released their second LP Sister in 2020. 
Read more: Blue Note

March 30, 1985:  Phil Collins scores his second number 1 hit as a solo artist: "One More Night."
When Phil Collins, the genial Genesis drummer, released his third solo LP No Jacket Required early in 1985, he was mostly known for singing about his own romantic devastation.

Phil Collins

When Collins got started on making No Jacket Required, he wanted to prove that he wasn’t just a ballad guy and that he could make fun, uptempo dance-pop. For the most part, that’s what No Jacket Required is. But “One More Night,” the album’s first single, comes straight from the endless hurt-well that inspired Face Value. 
Read more: Stereogum

 

Give Me One Reason
Tracy Chapman

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