Saturday, April 24, 2021

Music History Today: April 24, 2021

April 24, 1976: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen peaked at Number 9 on the Hot 100 chart in the USA.

Queen have become the first ever UK band to have a song certified ‘diamond’, reaching the milestone for their iconic 1975 hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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The certification, awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), comes after a track reaches 10million sales or streaming equivalents in the United States. 

Read more: NME

April 24, 1959: "There Goes My Baby" by the Drifters, the first song to feature new lead singer Ben E. King, was released on Atlantic Records.

The song was written by Ben E. King, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, and the famous duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  There were — and still are — so many iterations of  The Drifters, it’s difficult to keep up.  Anyway, this song was a new approach for The Drifters. Ben E. King was on lead and there were other new members, including Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, and Elsbeary Hobbs. The song features a prominent string arrangement. 
Read more: Daily Doo Wop

April 24, 1965: Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders had the top tune on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Cashbox Best Sellers list with "Game Of Love."

Wayne Fontana was born Glyn Ellis on Oct. 28, 1945, in Manchester, England. In 1963, Wayne Fontana scored a record deal along with his backing group, the Mindbenders. 

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

“The Game of Love” was released in 1965, which gave Fontana and the Mindbenders a No. 1 hit in the U.S., in addition to the No. 2 spot in the U.K. However, Fontana’s time with The Mindbenders was short-lived, as he reportedly quit the band mid-performance in October 1965 to pursue a solo career. Fontana achieved some success with “Pamela Pamela” in 1966 and “Gina” in 1967, but failed to make an impact on the U.S. charts again. 

Read more: Variety

April 24, 1975: Peter Ham, singer/guitarist for Badfinger,  committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his home at 27 years old. 

Pete Ham
Pete Ham

On April 24, 1975, main composer and co-lead singer of Badfinger, Pete Ham, hanged himself in his London garage. Ham had suffered through numerous financial (both personal and professional) troubles for the past couple of years. Plus, Ham had been showing more and more signs of increased mental illness. Ham was only 27. 
Read more: BBC

April 24,1976: "Sweet Love" by The Commodores peaked on the charts at Number 5.

"Sweet Love" is a soul/R&B ballad written by Lionel Richie and recorded by American R&B vocal group Commodores. It became their first Top 10 pop hit in the US, and heralded a move away from their initial stone cold funk sound. 
Read more: Wikipedia


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