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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.

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

April 21 Music et al

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)

April 21 Music et al

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)

April 21 Music et al

LSD

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 Chronology for expanded story)

April 21 Music et al
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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)

April 20 Music et al

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 Music et al

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)

April 20 Music et al

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.

April 20 Music et al

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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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.

April 18 Music et al

The Beatles

Dell Shannon

April 18 Music et al

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)

April 18 Music et al

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

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

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Tim Hardin

April 18 Music et al

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

April 18 Music et al

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.” (see June 13)


 
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