Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Music History Today: April 18, 2023

April 18, 2003: Etta James received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. 
Etta James was a gospel prodigy. In 1954, she moved to Los Angeles to record "The Wallflower." Her career had begun to soar by 1960, due in no small part to songs like "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "At Last."

Etta James Hollywood Walk of Fame star 

Despite continued drug problems, she earned a Grammy Award nomination for her 1973 eponymous album. In 2006, she released the album All the Way. James died in Riverside, California, on January 20, 2012, and is to be considered one of the most dynamic singers in music. 
Read more: Biography
April 18, 1960: Paul Anka's hit song, "Puppy Love," peaked at Number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Paul Anka wrote "Puppy Love" about Annette Funicello, with whom he was having an affair during a package tour. His manager insisted that the matter be low-key and kept out of the press, if possible. Funicello, an actress, was a tmember of Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. She wasn't allowed to date until she turned 16; she and Anka got together when both were 17. Adults dismissed their affair as "puppy love" which inspired the lyrics. 
Read more: Songfacts


April 18, 1970: Badfinger topped out at Number 7 with "Come and Get It."
Paul McCartney wrote "Come and Get It" for the 1969 movie The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. McCartney recorded the demo of this song before a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road Studios. In The Beatles Anthology book, he explained that Badfinger wanted to do the song more in their style, but he insisted they do it the same as on his demo because he knew it would be a hit if done his way. He was right: the song was the breakout single for Badfinger. 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 18, 1987: Headbangers Ball debuted on MTV. 
MTV's Headbangers Ball show featured clips by Cinderella ("Somebody Save Me"), Dokken ("Dream Warriors"), Whitesnake ("Still of the Night"), Accept ("Balls to the Wall"), Kiss ("Tears Are Falling") and Poison ("Talk Dirty to Me"), among others.

Headbangers Ball host Adam Curry
Headbangers Ball host Adam Curry

 The first episode was co-hosted by Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who were in fine, humorous form as they introduced and announced videos from Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard, as well as an interview with a then-new Tesla. 

Read more: We Are Classic Rockers


April 18, 2009: "You Found Me" by the Fray peaked at Number 9 in the US.
In 2006 the Fray frontman Isaac Slade found himself pondering why bad things happen to good people after witnessing various crises among people close to the singer. The lyrics for this tune came from these deliberations. 
Read more: Songfacts

I'd Rather Go Blind
Etta James

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