Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Music History Today: April 6, 2022

April 6, 1991: A-ha's last single to reach the top 40 on a Billboard chart, a cover of "Crying in the Rain,"  peaks at number 26 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks list. 
Pal Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen, formerly of Bridges, formed Norwegian synth pop group a-ha in the early '80s. Nimble vocalist Morten Harket joined the duo.

A-ha
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Their debut single, "Take On Me," went through three versions before becoming a hit in the U.K., eventually reaching number two in November 1985. In 1990, a-ha were commended by the Everly Brothers for their rendition of "Crying in the Rain" from their fourth album, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. 
Read more: Allmusic
April 6, 1968: Archie Bell and the Drells had a big move, from 81 to 46, their second week on the Billboard single's chart with "Tighten Up."
"Tighten Up" was written by Archie Bell and Billy Buttler. It was one of the first songs that Archie Bell & the Drells recorded, in a session in August 1967 at the Jones Town Studio in Houston, Texas, along with a number of songs including "She's My Woman". The instrumental backing for "Tighten Up" was provided by the T.S.U. Toronadoes. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 6, 1974: Chicago's "(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long" moved into the American Top 40 chart. 
"(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" was written by James Pankow for the group Chicago and recorded for their album Chicago VI.

Chicago VI album cover

The first single released from that album, it reached number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also hit number 8 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Cash Box said it was "reminiscent of...Yes and the Beach Boys with that definite patented Chicago drive." 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 6, 1985: "New Attitude" by Patti LaBelle moved into the American Top 40 chart.  
Patti Labelle recorded "New Attitude" for the soundtrack of the movie Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. It was a huge career boost for LaBelle, whose trio Labelle (famous for their hit "Lady Marmalade") broke up in 1977. Recording as a solo artist, Patti had released six solo albums but had yet to place a song in the Top-40. The MTV era was passing her by, as she was having trouble gaining new fans. Getting involved with the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack was auspicious. 
Read more: Songfacts

April 6, 1991: Tesla reached Number 8 on the American Top 10 list with a cover of "Signs." 

Tesla
Although Tesla emerged during the glory days of hair metal, the band's music was equally indebted to contemporary blues and '70s-style hard rock, a fusion that helped differentiate albums like The Great Radio Controversy from its contemporaries. Despite the refreshing lack of posturing, Tesla were hit just as hard as the rest of the pop-metal world when grunge arrived in the early '90s. 
Read more: Allmusic

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