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April 24 Music et al

April 24 Music et al

Doug Clifford
April 24, 1945: Doug Clifford of Creedance Clearwater Revival born.
Bob Dylan
April 24, 1961: Harry Belafonte recorded “Midnight Special”. Bob Dylan played harmonica on the recording. It was Dylan’s first official recording and he received a $50 session fee. (see July 29)


April 24 Music et al

April 24 – May 21, 1961: “Runaway” by Del Shannon #1 Billboard Hot 100. Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook wrote the song.

Game of Love
April 24 – 30, 1965: “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Penultimate John and Paul
April 24, 1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired.  The next day was the last time John and Paul met. (see July 27)

April 24 Music et al
William “Billy” Zantzinger
April 24, 1991: William “Billy” Zantzinger--made infamous by Bob Dylan's song, "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,"  became front page news again. The Maryland Independent ran a story by reporter Kristi Hempel revealing that Zantzinger had been collecting rent for five years from several poor black families even though he no longer owned the houses where they lived. The county had foreclosed on the properties in 1986 because Zantzinger had failed to pay taxes on them. The houses, located in a place called Patuxent Woods, were battered wooden shacks, with no running water or toilets or even outhouses. The tenants had to dump their wastes in the woods, which polluted the water in their shallow hand-pumped wells. Not only had Zantzinger collected rent after losing the properties, he'd actually raised the rent, and he'd even taken some tenants to court for nonpayment. And won. (see June 5)

April 21 Music et al

April 21 Music et al

Roots of Rock

Elvis Presley

April 21 Music et al

April 21, 1956: Elvis Presley had his first number one hit with "Heartbreak Hotel". 

Elvis had recorded the song on January 10, 1956 with his band, The Blue Moon Boys along with guitarist Chet Atkins and pianist Floyd Cramer. His new record label, RCA Records, released it as a single on January 27, 1956. (see May 5)

Good Luck Charm

April 21 Music et al

Exactly six years later, from April 21 – May 4, 1962: “Good Luck Charm” by Elvis Presley became #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold wrote the song. Presley recorded it at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee (see April 11, 1964)

The Merry Pranksters

April 21 Music et al

April 21, 1965: The Merry Pranksters got a tip that police had a warrant would raid their La Honda (California) camp.   

From Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test:  By now the Pranksters had built up so much momentum they begin to feel immune even to a very obvious danger, namely, the cops. The citizens of La Honda were becoming more and more exercised about Kesey and the Pranksters, and so were the San Mateo County sheriff and federal narcotics officials. Not knowing what the hell accounted for the crazy life at Kesey's place, they apparently assumed there was some hard drug use going on—heroin, cocaine, morphine.  Late in 1964 they put Kesey's place under surveillance. The Pranksters knew about it and used to play games with the cops. The main federal narcotics agent in the area was a San Francisco Chinese, Agent William Wong. The Pranksters made a huge sign and put it up on the house: WE'RE CLEAN, WILLIE! It was fun, the cop game. The cops would be out in the woods at night, along the creek, and one of them would step into the creek and get his feet wet and say something. The Pranksters would pick all this up on the remote mikes in the woods, whereupon the voice of Mountain Girl, broadcasting from inside the cabin, would jeer out over an amplifier up in the redwoods: "Hey! Why don't you come in the house and dry off your feet, you cops! Quit playing the cop game and come in and git some nice hot coffee!" The cops were just playing their eternal cop game. That's all it seemed like to the Pranksters. (see April 23)
April 21 Music et al
The Road to Bethel
April 21, 1969: Canned Heat signed ($13,000) (see week of April 28)


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April 20 Music et al

April 20 Music et al

LSD  & the Cold War

April 20 Music et al

April 20, 1950: the CIA's behavior-control program project BLUEBIRD officially began.  CIA Director Roscoe Hillenkoetter approved the behavior-control program (the predecessor to project ARTICHOKE) and authorized the use of unvouchered funds to pay for its most sensitive areas. At this point, LSD was not known to the CIA. (LSD, see August; Red Scare, see April 29)


Elvis Presley

April 20, 1960: Elvis returned to Hollywood for the first time since coming home from Germany to film G.I. Blues (see April 25 – May 22)



April 20, 1961: the Borough President’s Community Planning Board 2, a semi-official Greenwich Village community planning board, voted to uphold Park Commissioner Newbold Morris's ban against folk-singing in Washington Square Park. (see April 23)

Jazz Samba

April 20, 1962: Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd released Jazz Samba, the first major bossa-nova album on the American jazz scene.

From Wikipedia: Getz and Byrd were accompanied by two bassists: Keter Betts and Joe Byrd, Charlie Byrd's brother who also played guitar. They were joined by two drummers: Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach. The album was recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 1962.

Antonio Carlos Jobim composed two songs, "Desafinado" (Out of Tune) and "Samba de Uma Nota Só" (One Note Samba), both released as singles in the U.S. and Europe. Charlie Byrd wrote one song, and the rest were by Brazilian composers.

Stan Getz won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for "Desafinado", and went on to make many other bossa nova recordings, notably with João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto and the popular song "The Girl from Ipanema".

April 20 Music et al

West Side Story

April 20 – May 3, 1963 – West Side Story soundtrack returns as the Billboard #1 album.


Paul McCartney

April 20, 1970: the US release of Paul McCartney’s first album. Apart from then-wife Linda's vocal contributions, he performed and recorded the entire album solo. Featuring loosely arranged (and in some cases, unfinished) home recordings, McCartney further explored the "back-to-basics" style which had been intended for The Beatles' Let It Be 

From Wikipedia:  McCartney explored the back-to-basics style that had been the original concept for the Let It Be (then titled Get Back) project in 1969. Partly as a result of McCartney's role in officially ending the Beatles' career, the album received an unfavourable response from the majority of music critics, although the song "Maybe I'm Amazed" was consistently singled out for praise. Commercially, McCartney benefited from the publicity surrounding the break-up; it held the number 1 position for three weeks on the US Billboard 200 chart and peaked at number 2 in Britain. (see May 18)
Side one

  1. “The Lovely Linda” – 0:45
  2. “That Would Be Something” – 2:41
  3. “Valentine Day” – 1:43
  4. “Every Night” – 2:35
  5. “Hot as Sun/Glasses” – 2:09
  6. “Junk” – 1:56
  7. “Man We Was Lonely” – 3:00
Side two

  1. “Oo You” – 2:50
  2. “Momma Miss America” – 4:07
  3. “Teddy Boy” – 2:24
  4. “Singalong Junk” – 1:56
  5. “Maybe I’m Amazed” – 3:52
  6. “Kreen-Akrore” – 4:15

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