April 16 Music et al

April 16 Music et al

Bob Dylan


April 16 Music et al


April 16, 1962: Dylan debuted his song “Blowin’ in the Wind” at Gerde’s Folk City in New York.


April 16 Music et al


Broadside magazine published the song for the first time in May 1962 in its sixth issue.  In June 1962, Sing Out published the song. In comments there, Dylan cryptically explained:


There ain’t too much I can say about this song except that the answer is blowing in the wind. It ain’t in no book or movie or TV show or discussion group. Man, it’s in the wind — and it’s blowing in the wind. Too many of these hip people are telling me where the answer is but oh I won’t believe that. I still say it’s in the wind and just like a restless piece of paper it’s got to come down some … But the only trouble is that no one picks up the answer when it comes down so not too many people get to see and know … and then it flies away. I still say that some of the biggest criminals are those that turn their heads away when they see wrong and know it’s wrong. I’m only 21 years old and I know that there’s been too many … You people over 21, you’re older and smarter.

Columbia Records released the song as a single and on Dylan’s first album, Bob Dylan, in 1963, but it was Peter, Paul and Mary’s cover that made the song a hit. The single sold a phenomenal 300,000 copies in the first week of release and made the song world-famous. On August 17, 1963, it reached number two on Billboard, with sales exceeding one million copies.(see Apr 25)


April 16 Music et al
Rolling Stones

April 16 Music et al


April 16, 1964:  recorded between January 3 and February 25, 1964 in London’s Regent Studios, Decca Records released the Rolling Stones début album, The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hitmakers) in the UK.


The US release came on May 30 on London Records. Only one of the songs was composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (“Tell Me (You’re Coming Back”) Nanker Phelge wrote two: Now I’ve Got a Witness and Little By Little. Phelge was a name invented by the band for a band composition.

As was often the case, the UK release and US release differed in their track listings. The UK release was:


Side one:

  1. Route 66
  2. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  3. Honest I Do
  4. Mona (I Need You Baby)
  5. Now I’ve Got a Witness”
  6. Little By Little
Side two:

  1. I’m a King Bee
  2. Carol
  3. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)
  4. Can I Get a Witness
  5. You Can Make It If You Try
  6. Walking the Dog

The US release track listing was:


April 16 Music et al


Side One:

  1.  Not Fade Away
  2. Route 66
  3. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  4. Honest I Do
  5. Now I’ve Got a Witness
  6. Little By Little
Side Two:

  1. I’m a King Bee
  2. Carol
  3. Tell Me
  4. Can I Get A Witness
  5. You Can Make It if you Try
  6. Walking the Dog

April 16 Music et al

Herb Albert

April 16 Music et al


April 16 – May 20, 1966: Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass’s Going Places album returned to the Billboard #1 album. It was Albert’s fifth album.  The song “Spanish Flea” was often heard on the TV show The Dating Game.


April 16 Music et al
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