Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Music History Today: April 12, 2023

April 12, 1983: R.E.M.'s released their first album, Murmur.
Upon its release, R.E.M.'s debut album drew critical acclaim for its unusual sound.

R.E.M.'s first album, Murmur
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The record reached number 36 on the Billboard Hot 200 Album chart. A re-recorded version of "Radio Free Europe" was the album's lead single and reached number 78 on the Billboard singles chart that year. 
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April 12, 1958: David Seville made a big move, from Number 36 to 4, on the way to the top of Billboard with the novelty tune "Witch Doctor."

April 12, 1969: The 5th Dimension reached the top of the US singles chart with "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In." A medley of two tracks written for the 1967 musical Hair, it spent six weeks at Number 1.

April 12, 1975: Supertramp debuted on Billboard with "Bloody Well Right."
"Bloody Well Right" was written by Supertramp leaders Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson. Davies sings the lead.

Supertramp album Crime of the Century 

The song deals with youthful confusion, class warfare, and forced conformity in the British school system. This anti-establishment take was the theme of the album Crime of the Century.
Read more: Songfacts

April 12,  2003: Matchbox Twenty entered the top 40 section of Billboard with "Unwell."

Radio Free Europe

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