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April Music et al

April Music et al

Ray Charles

In April 1962: Ray Charles successfully combined country music with soul and crosses into the pop realm with the album “Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music” – the #1 album of 1962.


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LSD

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In April, 1966: Sandoz Pharmaceutical recalled the LSD it had previously distributed and withdrew its sponsorship for work with LSD. (see September 1966)

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Future Woodstock Performers

In April 1967: Country Joe (age 25 ) and the Fish released first album, Electric Music for the Mind and Body. (see May 12)



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Ken Kesey

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In April 1967: Ken Kesey re-tried. Hung jury. Pled guilty to a lesser charge. Given 6 months on work farm.  (2015 San Francisco Chronical article) (see June 1967)

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The Road to Bethel

In April 1969: Allan Mann met with Elliiot Tiber who offered a barn for a theater from free if Mann would rent a nearby 6-room Victorian for the summer for $800. Paul Johnson, a friend of Mann, agreed to put the down payment of $200 for the house in exchange for a room there for the summer. [keep in mind, this agreement was made before Wallkill evicted the festival.

From  the Woodstock Preservation site: By this time it was April and I was broke and was looking through the Village Voice for a job when I saw Elliot Tiber’s ad for a summer barn theater for free. If I was going to develop a world class theater company on the level of The Open Theater, The Living Theater and The Polish Mime Theater it certainly would be beneficial to get the performers out of the city to a place where we could work intensively together with minimum distractions and form a communal theater company that eventually would be the basis for an entire tribal arts complex.  So I called Elliot to make an appointment to go up to White Lake and got my friend Paul Johnson to drive me and Jane up there.

The agreement would result in the Earthlight Theatre Troupe who would be in the right place at the right time when Wallkill evicted Woodstock Ventures and Ventures relocated to Bethel. (see Apr 1)


 

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April 21 Music et al

April 21 Music et al

Roots of Rock

Elvis Presley


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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.


Rolling Stone magazine has an interesting article on the mystery surround the song and who inspired it. (see May 5)


Dick Clark


April 21, 1960: Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months. (NYT abstract) (see May 19)


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


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LSD

The Merry Pranksters

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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)


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 The Road to Bethel


April 21, 1969: Canned Heat signed ($13,000) (see Road for expanded story)


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April 20 Music et al

April 20 Music et al

LSD  & the Cold War

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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)


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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)


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FREE SPEECH


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 NYC bans for expanded story)


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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”.



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West Side Story


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



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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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