Friday, April 28, 2023

Music History Today: April 29, 2023

April 29, 2003: Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles performed Leon's hit, "A Song For You," at Nelson's 70th birthday concert in New York's Beacon Theatre 2003.

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April 29, 1967: The Monkees peaked at Number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You."

Written by Neil Diamond, the lead vocal on "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" was Davy Jones' first on a Monkees single. With Diamond's "I'm a Believer" already a hit, Don Kirshner afforded him the first chance to write a follow-up single. Kirshner persuaded Davy Jones to fly to New York in February 1967 to record a solo session with producer Jeff Barry. 
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April 28, 1973: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon hit Number 1 on the Billboard Albums chart. Although it held the top spot in the US for only a week, it remained in the Billboard 200 albums chart for 736 nonconsecutive weeks.

Dark Side of the Moon album cover art

April 29, 1978: The Michael Zager Band entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Let's All Chant."
"Let's All Chant" was based on an idea initially suggested by former A&M Records head of A&R Jerry Love after he visited clubs in New York and saw people endlessly chanting "Ooh-ah, Ooh-ah." Although Zager was first embarrassed when Love asked him to write a song using these chants, he accepted the proposal and later co-wrote "Let's All Chant" with Alvin Fields. The disco tune peaked at 36. 
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April 29, 2000: Eric Heatherly debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 with a cover of the Statler Brothers' "Flowers On the Wall."

A Song For You
Leon Russell, Willie Nelson,
and Ray Charles

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