Saturday, April 30, 2022

Music History Today: May 1, 2022

May 1, 2000: David Gray's album White Ladder, only available in Europe since 1998, was issued in America. It's the first release on Dave Matthews' new label, ATO Records.

David Gray's fan base is strong and active.

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They have seen him through his years with Virgin Records, when he was applauded for his voice and songwriting skills, yet he never quite broke through. White Ladder showcases Gray like never before. It's an album of such depth and quality that one would be hard-pressed to ignore his talent. 
Read more: Allmusic
May 1, 1966: James Brown performed on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

James Brown understood the importance of appealing to both black and white audiences.

James Brown 1966
James Brown 

By 1965, he had already appeared in the teen movie, “Ski Party,” starring Frankie Avalon and Dwayne (“Dobie Gillis”) Hickman and performed on the classic concert film, “The T.A.M.I. Show.” But it wasn’t until 1966 that he took the biggest step in crossing over to mainstream audiences with two Ed Sullivan Show performances. 
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May 1, 1971: The One-Hit Wonder group The Bells' song "Stay Awhile" peaked at Number 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

"Stay Awhile," by Ken Tobias, and was an international hit single for the Bells in 1971. In the US, the song spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 7, while reaching No. 8 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart, and No. 4 on the Cash Box Top 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

May 1, 1976: John Travolta made his first appearance on the US single's chart, at Number 98, with "Let Her In."

John Travolta was already a pretty big deal in 1976.

John Travolta 1976
John Travolta 1976

The 22-year-old was starring in the TV show Welcome Back, Kotter, and had appeared in a few movies, including Carrie. This song was the beginning of his music career, which culminated in his performance on the Grease soundtrack. 

Read more: Songfacts

May 1, 1982: Karla Bonoff made her first appearance on Billboard's charts, at Number 79, with "Personally."

"Personally" was first recorded in 1973 by its composer Paul Kelly, with Gene Page producing: however the track was not released.

Karla Bonoff
Karla Bonoff 

Karla Bonoff learned of the song through Glenn Frey. Frey mentioned to Bonoff that he'd meant to send the Jackie Moore recording of "Personally" to Bonnie Raitt as a possible number for Raitt to record herself but for some reason Raitt hadn't received it. 
Read more: Wikipedia

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