Thursday, April 1, 2021

Music History Today: April 1, 2021

April 1, 1970: Woodstock, the documentary on the Woodstock Festival that took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York, premieres in Hollywood. 

An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969. 

Janis Joplin at Woodstock 1959
Janis Joplin at Woodstock 1959

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From preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.  

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April 1, 1967: The Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" hits number 8; its highest point  on the charts.

One of The Beatles’ undisputed masterpieces, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ was written by John Lennon and first released on a single with ‘Penny Lane’.

The Beatles 1966
The Beatles 1966

Lennon wrote the song in Almerí­a, Spain in autumn 1966, while filming his role as Private Gripweed in the Richard Lester movie How I Won The War. Like ‘Penny Lane’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ was a nostalgic look back at The Beatles’ past in Liverpool. Strawberry Field was the name of a Salvation Army children’s home near John Lennon’s childhood home in Woolton. 

Read more: Beatles Bible

 

April 1, 1978: "Lay Down Sally" by Eric Clapton peaks at third spot on the charts.

"Lay Down Sally" has a smooth, loping tempo influenced by J.J. Cale -- whose songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" Eric Clapton also covered. Along with being a pop hit, the song made an appearance on the country charts, which was a first for Clapton. 

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

After some commercial disappointments, the Slowhand album was something of a comeback for Clapton. It reached Number Two on the album chart, but was kept out of the top spot by theSaturday Night Fever soundtrack. In the U.K., the album peaked at Number 23. 

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April 1, 1984: One day before his forty-fifth birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father after a heated family argument. 
Marvin Gaye had moved into his parents’ home in late 1983 at a low point in his struggle with depression, debt and cocaine abuse. 

Rolling Stone cover of Marvin Gaye's death
Rolling Stone cover of Marvin Gaye's death
Only one year removed from his first Grammy win and from a triumphant return to the pop charts with “Sexual Healing,” Marvin Gaye was in horrible physical, psychological and financial shape. After an argument between father and son escalated into a physical fight on the morning of April 1, 1984, Alberta Gay was trying to calm her son in his bedroom when Marvin Sr. took a revolver given to him by Marvin Jr. and shot him three times in his chest. 
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April 1, 1989: The number one song on this day was "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles.
"Eternal Flame was The Bangles second number one single, after "Walk Like An Egyptian" reached the pinnacle in 1986. They had also scored another top-ten hit with "Manic Monday."

The Bangles
The Bangles

The track was included on their third studio album, "Everything," along with the songs "In Your Room" and "Be With You." Singer Susanna Hoffs has reportedly claimed that she was naked when she recorded "Eternal Flame," explaining that Davitt Sigerson had told her that Olivia Newton-John improved her performances in the studio that way. 

 Woodstock 1969
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