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Music History Monday: April 20

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 20, 2015 10:42am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: April 20, 1923 - Latin jazz and Salsa icon Tito Puente (born Ernesto Antonio Puente in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this latin music icon on what would have been his 92nd Birthday. We love you, Tito!
 


Born on this day: April 20, 1951 - Legendary R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 64th Birthday.


Remembering the brilliant William "Benny" Benjamin (July 25, 1925 – April 20, 1969), drummer for the Motown Records' studio band The Funk Brothers

On this day in music history: April 20, 1970McCartney, the solo debut album by Paul McCartney, is released (UK release date is on April 17, 1970). Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at 7 Cavendish Avenue and Abbey Road Studios in London, and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from late 1969 - March 1970. Following the recording of The Beatles' Abbey Road, Paul McCartney will work on his first solo release while The Beatles are in the process of breaking up. He books studio time under an assumed name and also records at home on a Studer 4-track recorder set up in his living room. The home recordings will be done without the benefit of a mixing board, with McCartney literally plugging microphones directly into the back of the tape machine Though no singles are issued from it, the album will be very successful with the track "Maybe I'm Amazed" becoming a major airplay hit. Eight days prior to the album's UK release, advance copies of the album will be received by the press. Inserted into the album is a short Q&A written by McCartney that in effect announces the break up of The Beatles publicly declares his departure from the band the next day on April 10, 1970. In June of 2011, a remastered version of the original album is reissued, including  a 2CD + 1 DVD archival boxed set, featuring previously unreleased material from the recording sessions. McCartney will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Get A Sneak Peak At Record Store Day Goodies And Find Out What We Have In Store For the Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 15, 2015 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Record Store Day is coming this Saturday, April 18, and we’ve got a look into some of the great stuff that’s headed our way that day. Read about everything we have going on in all of our stores here

First up is the much-discussed Jack White reissue of Elvis Presley’s first-ever recording, “My Happiness,” recorded to acetate on July 18, 1953, at Memphis Recording Service. White paid $300,000 for the recording at auction in Graceland this January, and his label, Third Man Records, will release the song as a limited-edition acetate facsimile 10” on RSD along with Presley’s second recording, “That's When Your Heartaches Begin.” It’ll also be released as a 7” later this year. Hear a preview below:

And check out these photos of some of the releases that are sitting in our stores and waiting for you on April 18, including a reissue Metallica’s first-ever release, the demo tape No Life ‘Til Leather, and N.W.A.'s classic debut, Straight Outta Compton, on cassette; and the Kinks’ first-ever EP, Kinksize Session, on vinyl. Plus, we've got a Ramones-themed Crosley Cruiser turntable! Check 'em out below:

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Music History Monday: April 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 13, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: April 13, 1940 - "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra hits #1 on the Billboard Record Buying Guide (jukebox list existing prior to the Best Sellers chart) for 13 weeks. Written by Joe Garland, Glenn Miller, and Andy Razaf, the song is recorded on August 1, 1939 and is released on RCA Victor's Bluebird Records imprint. It will become not only one of the definitive records of the big band era, but one of the most influential musical works of the twentieth century. It will be one of the most widely covered songs of the era with versions also recorded by Xavier Cugat, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, The Andrew Sisters, and Artie Shaw, to more contemporary artists including Bette Midler and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Glenn Miller's original recording of "In The Mood" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1983.
 

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Music History Monday: January 12

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 12, 2015 10:57am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: January 12, 1946 - Keyboardist and producer extraordinaire George Duke (born in San Rafael, CA). Happy Birthday to this brilliant artist on what would have been his 69th Birthday.
 


On this day in music history: January 12, 1939 - Pioneering vocal group The Ink Spots record "If I Didn't Care" at the Decca Recording Studio in New York City, NY. Written by Jack Lawrence, it is the first major hit record for the legendary vocal group. Formed in Indianapolis, IN in 1934 as The Four Riff Brothers, the group's original line up consists of Orville "Hoppy" Jones, Ivory "Deek" Watson, Jerry Daniels, and Charlie Fuqua. After the group perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem the same year, their name will be changed to The 4 Ink Spots by legendary bandleader Paul Whiteman. The group will shorten their name to The Ink Spots and will record several singles for Victor Records, none of which will be commercially successful. A major turning point for the group will occur in 1936 with the departure of founding member Jerry Daniels, who is replaced by Bill Kenny as lead singer. Kenny's unique high tenor voice and vocal style will lift The Ink Spots to international stardom. The group will sign with Decca Records in late 1938, and will quickly see their fortunes turn around. "If I Didn't Care" will be among the first sides they cut for the label. After its release in February of 1939, it will become one of the biggest selling singles in the history of Decca Records, peaking at #2 on the Pop singles chart and selling over nineteen million copies worldwide, only being surpassed by Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." The Ink Spots distinctive vocal style will be hugely influential on rhythm & blues and Doo Wop vocal groups who will emerge in the coming decades. "If I Didn't Care" will have lasting popularity over several generations having been used in commercials, television, and period films including over the opening credits to The Shawshank Redemption in 1994. Comedian Redd Foxx will often quote the song on the sitcom Sanford & Son. The Ink Spots original recording of "If I Didn't Care" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1987.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Belgian Superstar Stromae

Posted by Amoebite, December 16, 2014 05:43pm | Post a Comment

Stromae

With influences ranging from rap to '90s Eurodance to Jacques Brel, genre-bending artist Stromae is a rising global star. Born Paul Van Haver to a Flemish mother and a Rwandan architect father who was killed in the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, Stromae grew up in Brussels with his four siblings. After struggling throughout Stromae Racine Carreehis school career, he began rapping under the stage name Opsmaestro in 2000 before reversing the syllables in the word "maestro" and changing his moniker to Stromae. In 2009, he was working as a trainee at a Belgian radio station when he gave his single "Alors on danse" to the music manager who played the track on air. A year later, Stromae burst onto the international scene with his debut album, Cheese. His 2013 release, Racine Carree, has gone platinum eight times in Belgium and has stayed strong at the #1 spot in album charts across Europe. With beats that get feet tapping, lyrics that tackle topics like AIDS and absent fathers, and a modern global aesthetic, Stromae is not the typical pop star. This fall, he collaborated with Lorde, Haim, Q-Tip and Pusha-T on a track for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part I soundtrack.

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