Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Music History Today: April 29, 2021

 April 29, 1933: Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas.

Country singer and songwriter Willie Nelson rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the "outlaw country" subgenre, which challenged the music industry conservatism of Nashville at the time.
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson

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During his lengthy, award-winning career, he has written some of the most popular and memorable country songs of all time, many of which have been covered by a wide range of artists over the last half-century.  
Read more: Biography

April 29, 1947: Rock and roll singer Tommy James is born Thomas Gregory Jackson in Dayton, Ohio.

Few acts had a better run on the pop charts in the '60s than Tommy James & the Shondells. James has a strong, expressive voice and a way with upbeat pop tunes that have a solid rock & roll punch. 

Tommy James & the Shondells.
Tommy James & the Shondells.

The band crafted superior AM pop/rock tunes like "Hanky Panky," "I Think We're Alone Now," "It's Only Love," and "Mony Mony." As psychedelia worked its way into mainstream acceptance later in the decade, they kept up with the times on the hits "Crimson and Clover" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion."  
Read more: Allmusic

April 29, 1963: The Surfaris released the single "Wipe Out" on the Dot record label.

Surf rock melded with hardcore punk, another genre that does what it says and has scored many a board sport. Where hardcore is aggro, surf is mellow and joyous, even when it’s sinister and dangerous; hardcore thrives on bashing three-minute attacks, surf shows off its technical chops, even when it sticks to three chords, as in the Surfaris’ classic “Wipe Out.” 
Read more: Open Culture

April 29, 1967: "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" by The Monkees peaks at number 2 on the Hot 100 chart.

"A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" is a song by Neil Diamond that was released by The Monkees in 1967. 

The Monkees
The Monkees

Davy Jones sang the lead vocal; a first for him on a Monkees single. It went to No. 1 on the Cashbox Top 100 chart. On the Billboard Hot 100 it reached No. 2, with "Somethin' Stupid" by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra keeping it from the top spot. 
Read more: Wikipedia


April 29, 1969: Ringo Starr added the lead vocal to "Octopus's Garden" for the upcoming Beatles' album Abbey Road,

Ringo Starr’s second composition for The Beatles was written in Sardinia. "I wrote ‘Octopus’s Garden’ in Sardinia. Peter Sellers had lent us his yacht and we went out for the day. I stayed out on deck with the captain and we talked about octopuses. I thought this was fabulous. A couple of tokes later with the guitar – and we had ‘Octopus’s Garden’!" 
Read more: Beatle's Bible


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