Sunday, April 17, 2022

Music History Today: April 18, 2022

April 18, 1981: "Time" by The Alan Parsons Project enters Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart.
"Time" by the Alan Parsons Project was from their 1980 album The Turn of a Friendly Card. In the U.S., the song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, "Time" peaked at #10.

Alan Parsons Project album cover The Turn of a Friendly Card
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The song was the first Alan Parsons Project song (and single) to feature Eric Woolfson as lead vocalist, and one of the group's few songs in which Alan Parsons's own voice can be heard singing (background/counterpoint vocals). 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 18, 1963: Bobby Bare recorded "Detroit City."
"Detroit City" was written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis, made famous by Billy Grammer, country music singer Bobby Bare and Tom Jones. The song — sometimes known as "I Wanna Go Home" — was Bare's first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and became a country music standard. 
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April 18, 1975: ZZ Top released their album, Fandango!
ZZ Top finally delivered their fourth album, Fandango!, into record stores on April 18, 1975 to truly unprecedented excitement.

ZZ Top 1975
ZZ Top 1975

It had been nearly two years since they'd last dropped some brand-new music upon their growing legion of fans. Still, thanks to the breakthrough success of their third long player, Tres Hombres, that little band from Texas were now bigger than ever before. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

 

April 18, 1981: "Hold On Loosely" by 38 Special entered the American Top 40 chart.
The song "Hold On Loosely" caused considerable consternation within the group Survivor, whose keyboard player Jim Peterik co-wrote it. Survivor was still looking for their first hit, and Peterik writing hits for another artist didn't go over well with their guitarist Frankie Sullivan, who from that point forward refused to share a dressing room with Peterik. 
Read more: Songfacts

April 18, 1987: Lou Gramm's "Midnight Blue" peaked at Number 5 on the US Top 10 chart.
Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm's 1987 solo album Ready or Not is a winner.

Lou Gramm
Lou Gramm 

The LP is rich with melody and snap, but its sound does vary just enough from Foreigner that Gramm can't really be accused of stealing from himself. The Top Five hit "Midnight Blue" is a terrific pop/rock song; despite its hit status, it's one of the decade's truly underappreciated singles. 
Read more: Allmusic
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