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April 18 Music et al

April 18 Music et al

Tommy Shannon


April 18, 1946: Tommy Shannon born. Bassist best known for his work with Johnny Winter.


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The Beatles

Dell Shannon

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April 18, 1963: The Beatles performed at a rock show at the Royal Albert Hall in London broadcast live by the BBC.


The event, titled Swinging Sound 63, also featured among others, American singer Del Shannon. They performed twice – at 8:40 pm and again at 10 pm.


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Following the event, Paul McCartney met Jane Asher for the first time. (Beatles, see May 5; Shannon, see June, 1963)


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1965 Oscars

The Sound of Music

April 18, 1966: 1965 Oscars held. Bob Hope hosts. Best picture: The Sound of Music (1964) which had surpassed Gone With the Wind (1939) as the number one box office hit of all time.


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The Road to Bethel
Wallkill approval

April 18, 1969: the Wallkill Zoning Board of Appeals gave permission for the festival in the area known as Scotchtown. (See April 19)


Tim Hardin

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April 18, 1969: Tim Hardin signed to perform. $2,000. (see Apr 21)


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The Beatles

John Lennon

 

April 18, 1975: John Lennon performed in front of a live audience for the last time when he appeared on ‘Salute To Sir Lew Grade’, performing ‘Slippin And Slidin’, and ‘Imagine’. During ‘Imagine’ he ad libs “Imagine no immigration…” because of the recent reversal of his deportation case.


From Ultimate Rock site: “Everything finally seemed to be coming together for John Lennon, as he took the stage for what would sadly become his last public performance on April 18, 1975.


Wife Yoko Ono had become pregnant following their post-Lost Weekend reunion, earlier in 1975; Sean Lennon would be born on John’s 35th birthday that October. By then, a New York State Supreme Court judge had reversed Lennon’s pending deportation order, allowing him to remain in the U.S. He’d finally concluded a long-standing legal action over songwriting royalties with his publisher too, and that’s what brought Lennon to the New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The occasion was a gala all-star special, organized for television broadcast, called A Salute to Sir Lew Grade: The Master Showman.”



 
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April 16 Music et al

April 16 Music et al

Bob Dylan


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


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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)


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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:


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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

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Herb Albert

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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.


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April 15 Music et al

April 15 Music et al

Rolling Stones

Aftermath


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April 15, 1966: UK release of the Rolling Stones album Aftermath.


From Wikipedia: Aftermath, released…by Decca Records, is the fourth British studio album by the Rolling Stones. It was…the group’s sixth American album. The album is considered an artistic breakthrough for the band: it is the first to consist entirely of Mick Jagger–Keith Richards compositions, while Brian Jones played a variety of instruments not usually associated with their music, including sitar, Appalachian dulcimer, marimbas and Japanese koto, as well as guitar, harmonica and keyboards, though much of the music is still rooted in Chicago electric blues. It was the first Rolling Stones album to be recorded entirely in the US, at the RCA Studios in California, and their first album released in true stereo. It is also one of the earliest rock albums to eclipse the 50-minute mark, and contains one of the earliest rock songs to eclipse the 10-minute mark (“Goin’ Home”). 


The album covers differed and as was often the case, the track listings for the US and UK releases differed. The US release had:


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Side One:

  1. Paint It Black
  2. Stupid Girl
  3. Lady Jane
  4. Under My Thumb
  5. Doncha’ Bother Me
  6. Think
Side Two:

  1. Flight 505
  2. High and Dry
  3. It’s Not Easy
  4. I Am Waiting
  5. Goin’ Home

The album cover and track listing for the UK release was:


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Side One:

  1. Mother’s Little Helper
  2. Stupid Girl
  3. Lady Jane
  4. Under My Thumb
  5. Doncha Bother Me
  6. Goin’ Home
Side Two:

  1. Flight 505
  2. High and Dry
  3. Out of Time
  4. It’s Not Easy
  5. i Am Waiting
  6. Take It or Leave It
  7. Think
  8. What To Do
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 Something Stupid


April 15 – May 12, 1967: “Something Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the first father-daughter song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.


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Beatles

Let It Be

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April 15, 1971: Let It Be movie received an Oscar for “Best Film Music-Oriented Film Score.”  (see June 6)


From The Beatles dot com:


The documentary film “Let It Be” gives an unparalleled insight into the Beatles getting back to basics at Twickenham and at their own recording studios in Savile Row. It spans two weeks of recording of what was to be their final album, Let It Be.


Highlight of the film is their legendary gig on the roof of the Apple Building. The sound of their music attracts hundreds of people in the streets below. The crowd spills over into the streets, blocks traffic, frustrates the police. Windows in nearby buildings pop open as other people strain for sight and sound of their favourite performers. Even rooftops serve as precarious perches for Beatles’ fans.


Let It Be was produced by Neil Aspinall and directed by Michael Lindsey-Hogg. It includes tracks such as Don’t Let Me Down, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Two Of Us, I’ve Got A Feeling, Oh Darling, One After 909, Across The Universe, Dig A Pony, I Me Mine, For You Blue, Besame Mucho, Dig It, Get Back and Let It Be.


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