Friday, April 22, 2022

Music History Today: April 22, 2022

April 22,1974: The Who begin filming the movie version of Tommy, with Tina Turner's turn as the Acid Queen filmed first. 

Tommy French movie poster
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April 22, 1967: The Five Americans peaked at Number 5  in the American Top 10 chart with "Western Union."

In a March 1967 interview Norman Ezell, guitarist for the Five Americans, explained how they came up with "Western Union." "Mike Rabon, our lead guitar player, was just fooling around with his guitar when he came up with a unique sound," Norman said. "It sort of reminded us of a telegraph key. That's when we decided to write 'Western Union.'" 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 22, 1972: "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" by The 5th Dimension moved into the American Top 40.

The lead vocals on The 5th Dimension’s recording "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All," written by Tony Macaulay, are performed by Marilyn McCoo.

The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension

Macaulay met fellow attendees the Carpenters and was inspired to write a song emulating their hit "We've Only Just Begun."  Macaulay sent a demo of the song to the Carpenters. "They said 'Oh, we can't record it because it mentions sleeping pills and they are drugs and we don't mention drugs.'" So I got up in the middle of the night and rewrote the last verse without the sleeping pills." 
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April 22, 1978: "Cheeseburger in Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett began its climb up the American Top 100 single's list.

In the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise," Buffett wants his burger "medium rare with muenster," meaning he likes muenster cheese on his burger. The line is often misheard as "medium rare with mustard." It inspired the Buffett-theme restaurant chain Cheeseburger In Paradise, which at it's peak had more than 30 locations throughout the US and one in Australia. 
Read more: Songfacts

 

April 22, 1989: Madonna took over the top spot on the American music chart with "Like a Prayer."

On March 3, 1989, Madonna released the hit song, “Like a Prayer.” And it was a monumental moment unlike no other before it at the time.

Madonna
Madonna

After three back-to-back multi-platinum albums, a record-breaking world tour, it seemed like the singer was on top of the world as she readied the release of her fourth album, Like a Prayer, in March of 1989. That January, ahead of its release, Madonna brokered an endorsement deal with Pepsi for $5 million. 
Read more: Entertainment Today Online

The Acid Queen
Tina Turner

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