Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Music History Today: April 5, 2023

April 5, 1994: Kurt Cobain, the frontman for the grunge group Nirvana, killed himself with a shotgun. He was found three days later.

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
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April 5, 1958: The first "Greatest Hits" compilation album was released. The artist was Johnny Mathis.
Johnny's Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis made its debut on the Best Selling Pop LPs chart in the issue of The Billboard, dated April 14, 1958. Its last appearance there was in July 1968, which marked its 490th non-consecutive week. That record held for 15 years until Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon reached 491 weeks there in the issue dated October 29, 1983. . 
Read more: Wikipedia

April 5, 1964: The Searchers debuted on US television on The Ed Sullivan Show. 
As a leading band of the British Invasion, The Searchers made their first and only appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on April 5, 1964. The group performed their two huge hits to the screams of the teenagers in the audience – Needles And Pins and Ain’t That Just Like Me. 
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April 5, 1975: Minnie Riperton took over the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Lovin' You."
Minnie Riperton wrote "Lovin' You" with her husband, Richard Rudolph. Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live is their daughter, and Riperton mentions her at the end when she sings, "Ma-ah-aha-aha-ah-ya."

Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton

 Riperton worked with Stevie Wonder as a backup singer, and Stevie produced this track for her. Due to contractual obligations, Wonder's name could not appear on the credits, so he's listed as "Black Bull Productions." Wonder's zodiac sign is Taurus, thus the bull. 

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April 5, 1980: Boz Scaggs was moving up Billboard, from Number 65 to 47, with "Breakdown Dead Ahead." It reached 15.

Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs

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