Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Music History Today: April 13, 2022

April 13, 1967: The third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel Casino Royale, featuring Dusty Springfield's performance of "The Look of Love," opened in London.

Casino Royale movie poster

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April 13, 1946: Al Green was born the sixth of ten children in Forrest City, Arkansas.
The preeminent R&B singer of the 1970s, Al Green specialized in smooth soul that found common ground between the carnal and spiritual.

Al Green
Al Green
 With Willie Mitchell producing, Green released a series of albums that showcased how he developed into a distinctive songwriter, penning or co-writing such classics "Tired of Being Alone," "Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still in Love with You," "Call Me (Come Back Home)," and "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)." 

Read more: Allmusic

April 13, 1967: Spanky and Our Gang recorded "Sunday Will Never Be the Same."
"Sunday Will Never Be the Same" has a joyful, upbeat melody, but the lyrics are pretty painful, as the singer has lost her man and is left with just memories. Originally written as a ballad, which is how the demo was recorded, Spanky and Our Gang changed it by adding the vocal, "Ba-da-da-da-da." 
Read more: Songfacts

April 13, 1973: Bob Marley and the Wailers released their first album on Island Records, Catch a Fire. It's regarded as one of the greatest reggae albums of all time.

Bob Marley and the Wailers Catch a Fire album cover

April 13, 1991: The Number 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 was "I've Been Thinking About You" by the British-American band Londonbeat. A worldwide hit, it reached the top spot in more than ten countries, including Australia, Canada, and Germany, while peaking at Number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

The Look of Love
Dusty Springfield

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