Thursday, March 31, 2022

Music History Today: April 1, 2022

April 1, 1969: The film Sweet Charity, starring Shirley MacClaine, is released.

Choreographer and stage director Bob Fosse made his screen debut with the musical Sweet Charity, a film version of his stage musical.

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Shirley MacLaine, a bigger name, took over the role that Gwen Verdon had originated most successfully on stage. The secondary cast includes John McMartin, Sammy Davis Jr., Ricardo Montalb├ín, Chita Rivera. 
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April 1, 1995:  A dance cover of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Nicki French entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

British singer Nicki French is a soulful vocalist with a bent toward adult contemporary and dance-oriented pop music. Best known for her 1995 cover of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," French was born in Cumbria in 1964 and grew up in Tenterden, Kent. Before launching her solo career, she spent many years working as a backing singer and session vocalist. 
Read more: Allmusic

 

April 1, 1967: Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love" entered the US Top 100 single's chart.

“Somebody to Love” wasn’t actually a Jefferson Airplane song. It was written by Darby Slick and recorded as “Someone to Love” by another San Francisco group, The Great Society, in 1966 (produced by Sly Stone, when he was still Sylvester Stewart).

Grace Slick 1967
Grace Slick 1967

When The Great Society’s singer, Darby’s sister-in-law Grace Slick, split the band and decamped to the Airplane, she took the song with her, along with “White Rabbit”, which became the other great early Airplane single. 
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April 1, 1972: "Baby Blue" by Badfinger made a big move, from 78 to 42, on the US music chart. 

Baby Blue was the last major hit of Badfinger’s career. As with prior successes like _Come And Get It and Day After Day_, the song was a yearning rock ballad that provided a bridge between The Beatles and Big Star.

Baby-Blue- Badfinger

Songwriter Pete Ham’s uncanny gift for a pop melody was fully to the fore, as were Badfinger’s trademark harmonies, which heightened the inherent melodrama of the subject matter. 
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April 1, 1979: The Who released "Long Live Rock"  in the UK.

"Long Live Rock" was recorded in early summer of 1972 and first appeared on Odds And Sods in 1974.

The Who 1979
The Who 1979

The band originally planned on releasing the song as a single in 1972, but Pete Townshend wanted to use it for an album about The Who's history, titled "Rock Is Dead - Long Live Rock." In the end he wrote Quadrophenia instead. This song was finally released as a single on April 1, 1979. 
Read more: Songfacts

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Shirley MacLaine in Sweet Charity

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