Saturday, April 29, 2023

Music History Today: April 30, 2023

April 30, 2015: Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) posted a cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."

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Ariana Savalas sings (and whistles) her way through a 1920's remake of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" while Sarah Reich tap dances. PMJ is a rotating musical collective founded by New York-based pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011, known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres. The "Bad Romance" cover has received almost 44 million views.
April 30, 1961: Bobby Lewis entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Tossin' and Turnin'." The rack rose to the top of the chart, selling 3 million copies and becoming the Number 1 hit of 1961.

April 30, 1973: Paul McCartney and Wings released their second album, "Red Rose Speedway." The lead single, released a week before, was "My Love."

Red Rose Speedway album cover art

April 30, 1983: "Weird Al" Yankovic entered the American singles chart with "Ricky." The video spoofs Toni Basil's hit "Micky" using Lucille Ball and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, in I Love Lucy.

April 30, 1988: New Order debuted in the US with "Blue Monday."
The lyric for "Blue Monday" was written by the group's guitarist/lead singer Bernard Sumner, who copped to being (along with the rest of the band) under the influence of LSD while making the song. The best-selling 12-inch single of all time in Britain, it is also one of the longest chartings ever, at 7:25. The tune wasn't issued as a traditional 7-inch until 1988, which helped boost sales of the 12-inch. 
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Bad Romance Vintage 1920s Gatsby Style 
Ariana Savalas & Sarah Reich

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