Friday, April 9, 2021

Music History Today: April 10, 2021

April 10, 1970: The Progressive Rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer was formed.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were progressive rock's first supergroup. Keyboardist Keith Emerson planted the seeds of the group in late 1969 when his band the Nice shared a bill at the Fillmore West with King Crimson, and the two first spoke of the possibility of working together. 

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

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After the Crimson lineup began disintegrating during their first U.S. tour, Lake opted to leave the group. Upon officially teaming in 1970, Emerson and Lake auditioned several drummers before they approached Carl Palmer, not yet 20 years old and already an overpowering talent, as well as a former member of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster. 

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April 10, 1967: The Young Rascals released the album "Groovin'."

Groovin’, the Young Rascals’ third album, dispensed a new-found sense of maturity and sophistication. Climbing to No. 1 in the spring of 1967, the title track of the album strolled casually alongside rippling waves of Caribbean-flavored rhythms. Soulful and sensuous, “Groovin'” articulated the joy of “groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon” in vivid splendor. 

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April 10, 1971: "One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer & Shipley peaked at Number 10 on the Hot 100 chart.

It’s strange enough that Brewer and Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line,” voted the #6 all-time best stoner song by Rolling Stone, somehow managed to scrape into the Billboard top 10 in 1971, a time when mere possession of a single joint of marijuana could still earn the user a long prison term in all 50 states.

Brewer & Shipley
Brewer & Shipley

But how in the world did the song—which not only refers blatantly to the state of overdoing it on weed but makes Jesus a central character—find its way to The Lawrence Welk Show, whose prime viewing audience was, well, everyone’s pot-fearing grandparents? 

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April 10, 1972: The Raspberries released the album "Go All the Way."

Raspberries' roots go back to mid-'60s bands the Choir, Cyrus Erie and the Quick, all of whom had success in their hometown of Cleveland. The band signed to Capitol Records and issued their debut album in April 1972.

The Raspberries
The Raspberries

From the opening crash of "Go All the Way," Raspberries made their mark as genuine contenders. Out of step with the glam, prog, funk and earthy crunchy sounds played by most everyone else that year, "Go All the Way" was a perfect melding of Beach Boys, Beatles and Small Faces, all delivered with a Who-like attack. Right here is where power pop was born. 

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April 10, 1982: The J. Geils Band had another top ten hit when "Freeze Frame" peaked at Number 4 on the Hot 100 chart.

After 10 years and 11 albums, the J. Geils Band nudged into the pop mainstream with 1980's Love Stinks — but that was just the warm-up for their next, and biggest, album.

J. Geils Band
J. Geils Band

Released on Oct. 26, 1981, Freeze-Frame found the band further embracing the New Wave pop makeover they'd started with Love Stinks, making more room for synths and adding another layer of gloss to the production. Yet even as certain superficial elements of their sound evolved, they remained steadfastly anchored in rock and the blues. 

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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer 

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