Sunday, April 4, 2021

Music History Today: April 5, 2021

April 5, 1994: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana kills himself with a shotgun at age 27. 

Kurt Cobain's meteoric celebrity certainly did "burn out." In the early 1990s, Cobain was everywhere — from T-shirts to magazine covers to the top of the Billboard charts. The Nirvana frontman was on fire.

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

But the flame was extinguished when his body was discovered in his Seattle home by an electrician on April 8, 1994. Dead from an apparent suicide by a gunshot to the head, the grunge icon was gone at age 27. Nirvana was over.  
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April 5, 1961: On The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet episode "A Question of Suits and Ties," Ricky Nelson sings "Travelin' Man" in what could be considered the first music video.

The song “Travelin’ Man” is a golden oldie pop and rock and roll song from a talented artist. Ricky Nelson had an amazing career as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist , teen idol, and actor. Besides his music, he’s best known for playing himself with his family on the long-running television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

When Ricky had a record out, they would work it into the plots of the TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Why not? It helped to promote the show as well as sell records. For this song, Ricky sang “Travelin’ Man” with some travelogue scenes in the background. The segment appeared at the end of an episode and could be considered a proto-music video. 

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April 5, 1975: "No No Song" by Ringo Starr peaked at number 3 on the Hot 100 chart.

"No No Song" was written by Hoyt Axton and David Jackson and appeared on Ringo Starr's 1974 album, Goodnight Vienna. It was released as a single in the US on 27 January 1975, backed with "Snookeroo.

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

The lyrics describe Colombian marijuana, Majorcan cocaine and Tennessean moonshine being offered to the singer, who refuses it all. Harry Nilsson provides backing vocals. Billboard described "No No Song" as a "good, fun Ringo cut" but expressed concern that the drug references may limit airplay, even though the lyrics have the singer rejecting drug use. 

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April 5. 1986: "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60's Rock)"  by John Cougar Mellencamp  peaked at number 2 on the How 100 chart.

"R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.." subtitled "A Salute to 60's Rock," written and performed by John Mellencamp, was the third single from his 1985 album Scarecrow. According to Mellencamp biography Born in a Small Town, Mellencamp was initially reluctant to include "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." on Scarecrow. 

John Cougar Mellencamp
John Cougar Mellencamp

Mellencamp told Timothy White in a 1986 article for the Illinois Entertainer of his decision to include "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." on Scarecrow: "It was one of those absolute last-split-second decisions. I was only including it on the cassette and CD copies of Scarecrow as a bonus party track, but my manager loved the energy of it and I thought, 'Yeah! What the hell!'" 

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April 5. 2005: Matchbox Twenty front-man Rob Thomas releases his debut solo album, …Something To Be, featuring the Top 10 hit "Lonely No More."

"Lonely No More" was written by Thomas and produced by Matt Serletic. Although he was featured on Santana's "Smooth", "Lonely No More" is notable for being the proper solo debut single of Thomas. 

Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas

Unlike the singles he had released in Matchbox Twenty or even “Smooth” (which had more of a Latin rock feel), "Lonely No More" deviates by not containing a strong rock sound, and instead on focusing on a more pop rock like feel. 

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