Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Music History Today: April 14, 2021

April 14, 2014: Sam Smith releases "Stay With Me."

Startling in its simplicity, both reverent and anthemic with gospel fever, “Stay With Me,” written by Sam Smith with Will Phillips and Jimmy Napier, was Smith’s first hit.

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From his debut album in 2014, In the Lonely Hour, it’s the song that brought him to the world. The song, he said, came all at once, working with Napier and Phillips at a recording studio on Old Street in Central London.
Read more: American Songwriter

April 14, 1935: Loretta Lynn is born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

Loretta Lynn became a mainstay on the country charts after landing a Top 10 hit with the aptly named "Success." 

Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

Penning tracks that were often autobiographical and authentic, she wrote the No. 1 song "Coal Miner's Daughter," and later published a book by the same name, and saw her life story depicted in an Oscar-nominated film. 
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April 14 1973: Diana Ross had the Number 1 album for the second week with the Soundtrack to "Lady Sings the Blues."

When Diana Ross chose to make her feature film debut playing the role of Billie Holiday, in the biopic Lady Sings The Blues, released on October 12, 1972, it was a bold move for the Motown queen. 

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 "Lady Sings the Blues" movie poster

She was little more than two years into the official launch of her solo career, and only one of her four post-Supremes albums to date had made the US Top 40. The soundtrack album from the movie became Diana’s only US No.1 solo pop album. 

Read more: U Discover Music

April 14, 1983: Pete Farndon of the Pretenders died from drugs in London at the age of 29.  

Pete Farndon had been shooting heroin as early as the Pretenders’ first U.S. tour in 1980. Back then, drug use and general dissipation were an accepted fact of life in the Pretenders’ camp. 


While most of these excesses hadn’t really interfered with the band’s work, Farndon’s addiction had. Heroin had become his raison d’être. By the time the Pretenders toured the Far East in the spring of 1982, the gap between Pete Farndon and the rest of the band had become so wide James Honeyman-Scott would quit if Pete wasn’t fired. 

Read more: Rolling Stone

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April 14, 1990: Lisa Stansfield was stuck at Number 3, where "All Around The World" peaked.

Lisa Stansfield co-wrote the lyrics of "All Around the World" with her former bandmates Ian Devaney and Andy Morris from Blue Zone.  

Lisa Stansfield
Lisa Stansfield

The song came down quickly and on low budget. The vocal part was made in only two takes and real strings were put on afterwards. The song is largely influenced by American singer-songwriter Barry White

Read more: Wikipedia 


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