Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Music History Today: April 7, 2021

April 7, 1915: Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Billie Holiday was one of the most influential jazz singers of all time. She had a thriving career for many years before she lost her battle with addiction.

Billie Holiday

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Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years before she lost her battle with substance abuse. Also known as Lady Day, her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues. In 2000, Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

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April 7, 1973: Vicki Lawrence vaulted from Number 10 to 1 with "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."
"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" is just one of those songs that sticks with you no matter how many times you've heard it.

Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence

 The murder ballad's story is so engrossing, you feel like the characters are almost real. The song, written by Bobby Russell in 1972, follows along with a character we only know as "Brother," who stops at a bar one night to hear from "Andy" that his wife has been cheating on him.


April 7, 1978: "Lady" by Little River Band peaked at Number 10 on the Hot 100 chart.

"Lady" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It was the second single release from their Sleeper Catcher album. The song was their second Top 10 hit in the U.S., peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1979 and #7 on the Easy Listening chart. 
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April 7, 1984: The Scorpions had the fastest-rising song on this date as "Rock You Like A Hurricane" moved from 76 to 58.
If you've made a movie called The Hurricane Heist, what other classic rock song would you want to use for the trailer than Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane"?  After all, Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" is a love song, and Bob Dylan's "Hurricane" is about something entirely different. So the filmmakers went with the German hard-rock kings.

It reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the second-highest charting single for the band, right behind 1991's "Wind of Change," which peaked at No. 4. 

April 7, 1990: Taylor Dayne had the Number 1 hit "Love Will Lead You Back." 

"Love Will Lead You Back" was written by American songwriter Diane Warren, is about a woman who is willing to set her lover free because she is confident that one day his love will lead him back to her;  Warren has stated that she began writing the song while in a hotel in Russia and that she had Whitney Houston in mind, but Arista Records president Clive Davis wanted to let Dayne record the song. 
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Billie Holiday

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