Sunday, April 23, 2023

Music History Today: April 24, 2023

April 24, 1993: "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes debuted on Billboard's Hot 100.
 "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes was the first Top 40 hit by an openly lesbian group. The Indigo Girls never got higher than Number 52.

4 Non-Blondes 1993
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The band started in San Francisco in 1989 and gained traction at a time when record companies were looking for authentic female rockers who could translate to the pop realm. 
Read more: Songfacts
April 24, 1942: Barbra Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Barbra Streisand became a singer, actress, director, producer, and one of the most successful personalities in show business.

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the Kennedy Center Honor, American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement honor and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award. 
Read more: Barbara Archives
April 24, 1965: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders scored their sole Number 1 hit in the US with "Game Of Love."
It wasn't just The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Kinks coming over from England to dominate the American charts in 1965. There was also Herman's Hermits, Freddie & the Dreamers, and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. All three were from the Manchester area of England, and they had consecutive Number 1 hits, first "I'm Telling You Now" by Freddie & the Dreamers, then Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders with "Game Of Love," and finally "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

April 24, 1971: Lobo entered the top 40 section of the US singles chart on the way to Number 5 with "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo."
"Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" was singer/songwriter Roland Kent LaVoie's debut under the Lobo moniker.


This song is about two hippies and a dog taking a cross-country road trip in an old car that runs poorly. The protagonists get mired in the Georgia clay, steal food from a farmer and work to pay it off, and end up living in Los Angeles, but the old car makes them want to hit the road again. 
Read more: Songfacts

April 24, 1993: Forty-thousand people turned showed up in Ames, Iowa, for Farm Aid VI, a benefit for family farmers in the United States organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young.

What's Up
4 Non Blondes

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