Music History Monday: April 22

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Born on this day: April 22, 1922 - Jazz music icon Charles Mingus (born Charles Mingus, Jr. in Nogales, AZ). Happy Birthday to this visionary genius on what would have been his 91st Birthday.

Born on this day: April 22, 1936 - Singer/songwriter/guitarist Glen Campbell (born Glen Travis Campbell in Delight, AR). Happy 77th Birthday, Glen!!

On this day in music history: April 22, 1968The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees, the fifth album by The Monkees is released. Produced by The Monkees and Chip Douglas, it is recorded at RCA Studios, Gold Star Studios and United/Western Studios in Hollywood, CA from Late 1967 - Early 1968. The bands' fifth release will see them beginning to go their separate ways with each producing their own tracks with studio musicians, rather than working as a unit as on the previous two albums. The album will also be the last from The Monkees to be issued with separate mono and stereo mixes, with the former containing unique mixes and being pressed in such small quantities that they will become collector's items. It will spin off two singles including "Daydream Believer" (#1 Pop) and "Valleri" (#3 Pop). The Birds, The Bees, & The Monkees will peak at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: April 22, 1972 - "Day Dreaming" by Aretha Franklin hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks, also peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 on May 6th. Written by Aretha Franklin, it is the 12th R&B chart topper for "The Queen Of Soul." Temptations lead vocalist Dennis Edwards will be the inspiration for the song, whom Franklin is dating at the time. The track is recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, and features musicians such as Chuck Rainey (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Hubert Laws (flute), and Donny Hathaway (electric piano) backing Franklin. Issued as the follow up to her previous hit "Rock Steady" (#1 R&B, #9 Pop), it is second single from the album Young, Gifted, And Black. "Day Dreaming" will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, becoming Aretha Franklin's thirteenth million selling single.

On this day in music history: April 22, 1985Around The World In A Day, the seventh studio album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at the Flying Cloud Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, Mobile Audio Studio in St. Paul, MN, and Sunset Sound and Capitol Studios in Hollywood from January - December 1984. The second album credited to Prince & The Revolution, it is issued only ten months after Purple Rain. The new album will be the first in a number of musical departures that Prince will take in his career. Much of the album's first half has a distinctively psychedelic influence, with the rest being balanced out with funk, pop, and gospel sounds. Initially it will be released with minimal publicity and without a single until nearly a month later. Prince will suggest that "Paisley Park" be the single (which is released in the UK), but with US radio already playing "Raspberry Beret" and it receiving heavy airplay as an LP cut, Warner Bros in the US will insist that it be issued instead. The album will receive favorable reviews and a positive reaction from fans. It will spin off three singles including “Raspberry Beret” (#2 Pop) and “Pop Life” (#7 Pop). Around The World In A Day will spend three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.

PRINCE Raspberry Beret video and lyrics from Comsie Cality on Vimeo.

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