Saturday, April 10, 2021

Music History Today: April 11, 2021

April 11, 1970: "Let It Be" by the Beatles was at the top spot on the music charts.

The Beatles’ “Let It Be” evokes a majestic quality, from its serene and straight forward melody to its crescendo and eventual crash of instruments. 

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Written by Paul McCartney, the iconic band recorded the song for their 1970 album (of the same name), their very last studio record together. A piano base stretches up to the sky, and soon electric guitars wail in unison, giving the enduring classic a soothing, cathartic quality. 
Read more: American Songwriter

April 11, 1961: Bob Dylan plays for the first time at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, opening for John Lee Hooker and performing a new song entitled "Blowin' In The Wind."

On April 11th, 1961, Dylan played his first official “gig” at Gerde’s Folk City. Gerde’s was first located at 11 West 4th in a building that no longer exists.

Originally an Italian restaurant that specialized in spaghetti lunches, it became one of the foremost American music clubs until its closing in 1987. Dylan opened for John Lee Hooker, and played for a two week stretch. 
Read more: Village Preservation

 

April 11, 1967:  The Elvis Presley song "Stuck On You" recorded the fourth biggest jump in rock history, moving from number 84 to 17 on this date. 

By the time Elvis Presley got out of the Army, he was who he was. When Presley got back home and returned to recording, the hunger and wildness and desperation of his early years were gone.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

He was happy to play into the character that he’d built for himself. There’s no urgency in “Stuck On You,” the first single that Presley released after his time in the military. Instead, the Elvis of “Stuck On You” sounds like an Elvis impersonator, leaning hard on his gasps and hiccups and little baritone voice-drops. You can almost hear finger-gun winking. 
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April 11, 1970: "Easy Come, Easy Go" by Bobby Sherman peaked at number 9 on the Hot 100 chart.

"Easy Come, Easy Go" is a song written by Jack Keller and Diane Hildebrandand first released by Mama Cass Elliot on July 5, 1969, on her album Bubblegum, Lemonade, and... Something for Mama.

Bobby Sherman
Bobby Sherman

Bobby Sherman's version was released as a single in January 1970, and appeared on the album Here Comes Bobby, which was released in March of the same year. Sherman's version spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 9, while reaching No. 2 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart. 

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April 11, 1981: "Kiss on My List" by Daryl Hall & John Oates reaches number 1.

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Daryl Hall & John Oates

With the landmark success of the top-tier, late 70's hit "Rich Girl" under their belts, dynamic duo Daryl Hall and John Oates forged ahead into the 80's with keyboards, synthesizers, and drum machines in-hand. 
Read more: We Are Classic Rockers

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