Thursday, April 6, 2023

Music History Today: April 7, 2023

April 7, 2015: Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) uploaded Haley Reinhart's jazz version of Radiohead's "Creep."

Haley Reinhart was the third runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol. In 2015, she began collaborating with PMJ, which produces vintage-style covers of recent pop songs. For her cover of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," she sang alongside fellow vocalists Morgan James and Ariana Savalas.

Haley Reinhart

When Reinhart and Postmodern Jukebox released "Creep," it spent several weeks on Billboard's Digital Jazz Songs chart. It was also included in People's list of "The 9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015." To date, this cover has over 100,000,000 views and is the most-watched video on the channel. 
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April 7, 1915: Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Billie Holiday first rose to prominence in the 1930s with a unique style that reinvented the conventions of modern singing and performance.

Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday 

In 1939, with Arthur Herzog, Jr., she wrote “God Bless The Child,” a composition that transcends the ages and is now part of the great American songbook and jazz lexicon. 
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April 7, 1973: Vicki Lawrence vaulted, from Number 10 to the top of Billboard's Hot 100, with "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."
An actress on The Carol Burnett Show and star of Mama's Family, this was Vicki Lawrence's only hit. Her husband at the time, Bobby Russell, wrote it. Russell also wrote "Honey," a hit in 1968 for Bobby Goldsboro. This song tells the tale of a man who finds out from his friend Andy that his wife has cheated on him with Andy and a guy named Seth. He gets a gun and sets out to kill Andy, but when he gets there, Andy is already dead. The police arrest him for killing Andy, and he's hanged. The singer then reveals that she is the man's sister and shoots Andy and her brother's wife. 
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April 7, 1985: Wham! became the first Western act to play in China.

Wham! in China  1985
Wham! In China  1985

April 7, 1990: At Farm Aid IV, Elton John performed "Candle in the Wind" for Ryan White. White, a young boy with AIDS, died later the same day.

Postmodern Jukebox Creep
Haley Reinhart

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