Sunday, April 18, 2021

Music History Today: April 19, 2021

April 19, 1946: Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. 

Tim Curry is known for working in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television, most often portraying villainous characters. Curry rose to prominence with his portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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As a solo music artist, Curry has released three studio albums. Curry's second and most successful album, Fearless, featured original songs. The record included Curry's only US charting songs: "Paradise Garage" and "I Do the Rock." 
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April 19, 1970: Blues Image released the single "Ride Captain Ride."

“One hit wonder” songs often hold a special place in a listener’s musical memories. Like many other songs, hearing them can bring you right back to a specific time and place. 

Ride Captain Ride single

I remember catching the distinctive keyboard intro to “Ride Captain Ride” on a transistor radio while playing in my backyard as a kid, at a time when AM stations still played an eclectic selection of music. The song, the lone hit by Blues Image, sailed up the charts in 1970, eventually docking at number four. 
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April 19. 1980: Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright's hit "With You I'm Born Again" peaked at number 4 on the Hot 100 chart.

A single released from 1979's American comedy film Fast Break soundtrack as a duet between two successful soul artists became an easy listening staple, and one of their biggest hits.
Poster of 1979's American comedy film Fast Break

“With You I’m Born Again,” a ballad written by Carol Connors and David Shire, paired the talents of keyboard great (and former Beatles alumnus) Billy Preston and Motown notable, and ex-wife of Stevie Wonder), Syreeta. Both had accomplished track records to their name, Preston with two US pop No.1s in “Will It Go Round In Circles” and “Nothing From Nothing”; Syreeta with signature hits including “Spinning and Spinning” and “Harmour Love.” 
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April 19, 1986:  Prince hits number 1 in the US with "Kiss." 

Prince
Prince

Originally intended for another group, 'Kiss' was quickly reclaimed by Prince when he heard David Z's arrangement. Despite record company skepticism, the track became his third number one single and rejuvenated his career. 
Read more: Sound on Sound

 

April 19, 1986: The number 2 song is "Manic Monday" by the Bangles, another song Prince wrote. It peaked at this spot, kept out of the top spot by Prince's song "Kiss."

For the Bangles, "Manic Monday" was a career breakthrough and, according to Bangle Susanna Hoffs, the culmination of a magical series of events.

The Bangles
The Bangles

Hoffs says her introduction to Prince's music and her introduction to the man himself came in quick succession, starting one day in 1984 when she heard "When Doves Cry" playing on the radio. At the time, Hoffs was a budding professional musician herself. The Bangles, who would later go on to perform such hits as "Walk Like an Egyptian" and "Eternal Flame," had just put out its debut album earlier that year. 

Read more: NPR

I Do The Rock
Tim Curry 

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