Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Music History Today: April 6, 2023

April 6, 1999: An all-star tribute to the singer and songwriter Johnny Cash occurred in New York City. Performers included Sheryl Crow, U2, and Chris Isaak.

A Tribute to Johnny Cash 1999
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April 6, 1963: The Kingsmen recorded their version of the song "Louie Louie."

"Louie Louie" was written by an R&B singer named Richard Berry in 1955. He recorded it with his group, The Pharaohs. It got some airplay in some cities in the Western US when it was released in 1957. Various garage bands heard it and started covering the song until it became a phenomenon with the Kingsmen's 1963 version. Much of the song's notoriety comes from the indecipherable lyrics, but the words in Berry's original version are clear. It's about a sailor who spends three days traveling to Jamaica to see his girl. 
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April 6, 1974: The California Jam 1 festival occurred in Ontario, California. Over 200,000 fans saw the Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas, and Seals & Croft perform.

April 6, 1985: Patti LaBelle moved into the top 40 section of Billboard with "New Attitude."
Patti LaBelle recorded "New Attitude" for the soundtrack of the movie Beverly Hills Cop.

Beverly Hills Cop movie poster

The song made it to Number 17 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was a huge career boost for Patti, whose trio Labelle - famous for their hit "Lady Marmalade" - broke up in 1977. 
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April 6, 2018: Tom Johnston, the lead vocalist, and songwriter for the Doobie Brothers, with artists worldwide, uploaded a version of "Listen To the Music" on the Playing for Change YouTube channel. 

I Guess Things Happen That Way
 & Get Rhythm
Chris Isaak & The Mavericks 

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