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Born on this day: April 8, 1963 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Julian Lennon (born John Charles Julian Lennon in Liverpool, UK). Happy 50th Birthday, Julian!!
On this day in music history: April 8, 1975 - Toys In The Attic, the third album by Aerosmith is released. Produced by Jack Douglas (Cheap Trick, John Lennon), it is recorded at The Record Plant in New York City from January - March 1975. After working with Douglas on their previous album Get Your Wings, they will return to the studio with him in the Winter of 1975 to record the follow up. The end result will be the Boston-based rock bands' commercial breakthrough (and highest selling studio album) in the US, spinning off three singles including "Sweet Emotion" (#36 Pop) and "Walk This Way" (#10 Pop). "Walk" is initially issued as a single in August of 1975 and does not chart. It will be re-released in November of 1976 (following the successful Rocks album) and becomes their first top 10 hit. Toys In The Attic will peak at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: April 8, 1982 - Toto IV, the fourth album by Toto is released. Produced by Toto, it is recorded at Sunset Sound, Record One in Los Angeles, Hogg Manor in Sherman Oaks, and Abbey Road Studios in London from mid-1981 to early 1982. After the release of their poorly received third album Turn Back in early 1981, the band knows they must deliver a hit or risk being dropped by their record label. With band members David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Bobby Kimball, and Steve Lukather writing all of the material (either alone or in tandem), they will emerge from the studio with what will become the most successful album of their career. It will spin off four singles including "Rosanna" (#2 Pop), "Africa" (#1 Pop), and "I Won't Hold You Back" (#10 Pop), winning six Grammy Awards including Record and Album of the Year." Toto IV will peak at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: April 8, 1989 - "The Look" by Roxette hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Per Gessle, it is the first chart topping single in the US for the Swedish pop duo. Signed to EMI Records in Sweden, Roxette's second album Look Sharp! is passed over for release in the United States when the American branch of EMI Records feels that it will not appeal to US radio programmers and listeners. Dean Cushman, an American foreign exchange student from Minnesota will hear Roxette's album while studying abroad in Sweden and brings a copy of their album back home with him. When he returns home, he'll send program director Brian Phillips at KDWB in Minneapolis his CD copy of Look Sharp!,asking him to play it on the air. Intrigued by what he hears, Phillips will play "The Look" on the air. The response is immediately positive, and Phillips will send tape copies of "The Look" to its sister stations in New York, Dallas, and Houston. This will provoke EMI to immediately release the single and album in the US. Entering the Hot 100 at #50 on February 11th, it will reach the top of the chart eight weeks later. "The Look" will top the Hot 100 exactly fifteen years to the week after fellow Swedish band Blue Swede tops the chart with "Hooked On A Feeling." "The Look" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: April 8, 1994 - Smash, the third album by The Offspring is released. Produced by Thom Wilson, it is recorded at Track Record in N. Hollywood from October to December 1993. Working once again with Wilson (Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion), The Offspring will begin work on their third release in the Fall of 1993. With their previous album having sold only 15,000 copies, neither the band's or their record labels expectations for their next album will be very high. While still firmly rooted in punk rock, the edginess of the songs with also have a pop sensibility and appeal that will set them apart from many of their contemporaries. The album will be the breakthrough release for the Orange County-based punk band, becoming a runaway hit at both Modern and Mainstream Rock radio. It will spin off four singles including "Come Out And Play" and "Self Esteem," with its sales topping over 16 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling indie label album of all time. Smash will peak at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA.