Monday, April 24, 2023

Music History Today: April 25, 2023

April 25, 1987: Crowded House peaked at Number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Don't Dream It's Over" from their self-titled debut album. 
On the back of a seismic chart performance by their single ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over,’ the world woke up to Crowded House’s rousing debut album.

Crowded House self-titled debut album cover art 

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Commercially, the record was a slow burner. Capitol granted the LP only low-key promotion in the US. Indeed, the band only gained a foothold internationally after the album’s fourth single; the yearning, anthemic “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” 
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April 25, 1917: Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia.
Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald became the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for over half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. 

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald

Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate, and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads and sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman. 
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April 25, 1954: Singer, songwriter, and pianist Johnnie Ray scored his first of three UK Number 1s with "Such a Night."
A popular song from 1953, “Such a Night” was written by Lincoln Chase and first recorded by the Drifters. Johnnie Ray's version entered the US Cash Box chart on March 27, 1954. It peaked at Number 18 two weeks later. 
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April 25, 1964: The Dave Clark Five topped out at Number 6 in the US with "Glad All Over."
"Glad All Over" was the first American hit for the band and Dave Clark Five's second chart entry in the UK, where their cover of "Do You Love Me" made it to 30 a month earlier.

Dave Clark Five 1964
Dave Clark Five 1964


After The Beatles drew record ratings on the Ed Sullivan Show, the host was looking for the next British Invasion stars and found them in The Dave Clark Five. The band appeared on the show on March 8, 1964, where they performed this song. 
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April 25, 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival's double A-side "Up Around the Bend/Run Through the Jungle" entered Billboard more than halfway to the top, at Number 48.
CCR's bass player Stu Cook described "Up Around the Bend" as "Kind of the opposite of 'Run Through The Jungle.'" The song required a bit of translation for British audiences. In England, if you go "around the bend," it means you go crazy. Then the band toured the UK and had to explain to the British press that the song was not about dementia or mental problems.  
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Don't Dream It's Over
Crowded House

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