Friday, April 8, 2022

Music History Today: April 9, 2022

April 9, 1994: Pantera's album Far Beyond Driven debuted at Number 1 in America.

Pantera's album Far Beyond Driven
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From the moment they took up with singer Phil Anselmo and turned their backs on half a decade of forgettable ‘80s rock, Pantera were on a mission to outdo themselves, pushing heavy metal to new heights of extremity with album after album until there was simply nowhere left to go. The band had reached a state of mind, body and sound that was Far Beyond Driven. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

April 9, 1966: "Sure Gonna Miss Her" by Gary Lewis & the Playboys peaked at Number 9, just inside the American Top singles.

The sixth of seven consecutive Top 10 hits for Gary Lewis & the Playboys, "Sure Gonna Miss Her" was written by Bobby Russell, who also wrote "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" and "Honey." Russell's songs could be heart-wrenching, but Lewis delivered this one in a more lighthearted manner, making it sound like he wasn't too worried about losing the girl. 
Read more: Songfacts

April 9, 1977: His second week on Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart, Stevie Wonder powered up from Number 74 to 48 on the way to the top with "Sir Duke."

Duke Ellington had plenty in common with Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. But perhaps one of the more unusual connections between them happened in May 1977, when they were all eulogized on America’s No.1 pop single, “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder. 
Read more: U Discover Music

April 9, 1983: Men At Work's "Overkill" debuted on the America singles at Number 28.

“Overkill” was a popular hit single from Men At Work’s second album, Cargo.

Men At Work Cargo album cover

Both were released in April of 1983. Like most of the songs by the band, “Overkill” was written by Colin Hay, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Shortly after they were released, both the single and album became Top 10 hits all over the world. 
Read more: Medium-Song Stories

April 9, 1994: General Public debuted on America's 100 Top single charts with a cover of  The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There."

Immediately after the split of the ska-pop outfit the English Beat in 1983, former members Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger formed General Public, which turned out to be more pop-based than its predecessor. 

General Public band
Ranking Roger & Dave Wakeling 

Once former Dexy's Midnight Runners keyboardist Mickey Billingham, former Specials bassist Horace Panter, and a drummer known simply as Stoker were all enlisted, General Public was officially up and running. 
Read more: Allmusic

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