Today in Music: 4/24/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Georgia On My Mind” by Ray Charles was adopted as the official state song of Georgia on April 24, 1979. Originally written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, the song was recorded by Mr. Charles in 1960 for his album The Genius Hits the Road and has been hailed as the definitive version. Willie Nelson also recorded “Georgia On My Mind” to great success for his 1978 album Stardust. Both versions reached number one (Charles on the Hot 100 and Nelson on the Country chart) with Willie Nelson’s rendition earning a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Pat Boone, Lou Rawls and Tom Jones. #georgiaonmymind #raycharles #georgia #georgiastatesong #hoagycarmichael #stuartgorrell #thegeniushitstheroad #willienelson #stardust #hot100 #countrychart #grammyaward #bestmalecountryvocalperformance #louisarmstrong #billieholiday #patboone #lourawls #tomjones #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/23/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 23, 1977. Written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was originally recorded by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes featuring Teddy Pendergrass in 1975, for their album Wake Up Everybody. In 1976, Motown Records planned to have Diana Ross record “Don’t Leave Me This Way” as the follow-up to her hit “Love Hangover” but the song was reassigned to Thelma Houston for her album Any Way You Like It. Houston’s recording became an international smash, also reaching number one on the Soul singles chart (for nine weeks!) and the Disco chart. In addition, Thelma Houston won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. In 1978, the song was included on the soundtrack for the film, “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”. The Britsih pop duo The Communards released a successful version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” in 1986, hitting the top of the UK singles chart for four weeks. #dontleavemethisway #thelmahouston #kennethgamble #leonhuff #carygilbert #haroldmelvinandthebluenotes #teddypendergrass #wakeupeverybody #motown #dianaross #lovehangover #anywayyoulikeit #soulchart #discochart #disco #grammyawards #bestrandbvocalperformancefemale #billboardhot100 #uksingleschart #lookingformrgoodbar #thecommunards #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/22/19


TODAY IN MUSIC: Around the World in a Day by Prince & the Revolution was released on April 22, 1985, on Paisley Park Records. Around the World in Day was the highly anticipated follow-up to the immensely popular Purple Rain. The album was Prince’s seventh studio album overall and his third with the Revolution. Around the World in a Day was a marked departure from the more commercial Minneapolis sound Prince had crafted up to that point. The psychedelic vibe of the album was inspried by a demo recorded by David Coleman, the brother of Revolution keyboardist Lisa Coleman. Around the World in a Day was released to mixed critical reception but was still successful becoming Prince & the Revolution’s second number one album. Further, two of the four singles released from the record reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100: “Raspberry Beret” (#2) and “Pop Life” (#7). In a retrospective review, Pitchfork described the album as “a brave and deeply personal project, exploring sounds and ideas that were almost shocking coming from a pop icon at his peak.” #aroundtheworldinaday #princeandtherevolution #prince #davidcoleman #lisacoleman #paisleypark #paisleyparkrecords #purplerain #minneapolissound #psychedelic #raspberryberet #poplife #pitchfork #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/19/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: The first Record Store Day was held on April 19, 2008. Conceived in 2007 as a way to celebrate and raise the profile of record stores and vinyl culture, record stores from all over the world participate in Record Store Day. Special vinyl, CD releases and promotional products are created especially for the day. Festivities include performances, artist meet and greets, DJ sets and more. For the inaugural Record Store Day, a small list of titles were released. Since, record labels both large and small take part. Record Store Day is managed by Michael Kurtz and Carrie Colliton in coordination with Michael Bunnell and Eric Levin. The 12thAnnual Record Store Day was held on April 13, 2019. @recordstoredayus #recordstoreday #vinyl #lps #wreckastow #vinylculture #33rpm #michaelkurtz #carriecolliton #michaelbunnell #ericlevin
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Today in Music: 4/18/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 18, 1965, the celebrated contralto Marian Anderson gave the final performance of her international farewell tour at Carnegie Hall. Born on February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Marian Anderson performed throughout Europe and the United States. Although many European opera companies offered her roles, she declined, as she had no training in acting. She preferred recital and concert performance, but included many opera arias into her repertoire. Anderson became a critical figure in civil rights when, in 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution, refused to allow Anderson to sing in Constitution Hall to an integrated audience. The incident ignited widespread attention. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt denounced the effort to block Anderson and subsequently invited the singer to perform an open air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial instead. The performance was critically acclaimed with Anderson singing for an integrated crowd of more than 75,000 and millions more on the radio. Marian Anderson continued to dismantle racial barriers in the U.S., becoming the first black artist to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in January 1955. Her appearance as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera was the only time she sang an opera role on stage. Anderson was a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department and sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Ms. Anderson received numerous awards and recognitions including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963), the Congressional Gold Medal (1977), the Kennedy Center Honors (1978), the National Medal of the Arts (1986) and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1991). #mariananderson #contralto #opera #operasinger #blackoperasingers #carnegiehall #philadelphia #europe #constitutionhall #eleanorroosevelt #lincolnmemorial #metropolitanopera #giuseppeverdi #unballoinmaschera #goodwillambassador #presidentialmedaloffreedom #congressionalgoldmedal #kennedycenterhonors #nationalmedalofthearts #grammylifetimeachievementaward #africanamericanclassicalartists #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/17/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: McCartney, the debut solo album by Paul McCartney, was released April 17, 1970, on Apple Records. Recorded during a period of depression, conflict, and confusion surrounding the eventual breakup of The Beatles, McCartney was an ode to “home, family and love”. Paul McCartney made the record in secrecy while in exile after John Lennon’s private announcement in a band meeting that he wanted a “divorce” from The Beatles. Upon release, the album was met with a less than enthusiastic response, with many blaming Paul for the band’s demise. Reviewers criticized the album as half-finished and under produced. Although panned by critics, McCartney benefited from the publicity surrounding the disbanding of The Beatles and ultimately reached number one on the US album chart. Paul McCartney performed the entire album by himself, apart from occasional vocal contributions from his wife, Linda McCartney. Additionally, photos by Mrs. McCartney were featured throughout the album’s packaging. #mccartney #paulmccartney #applerecords #home #family #love #johnlennon #thebeatles #usalbumchart #lindamccartney #debutalbums #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/16/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 16, 2018, DAMN the 2017 album by Kendrick Lamar, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Mr. Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzer Prize was expanded to include music in 1943, but he is the first winner who is not a jazz or classical musician. Upon release, DAMN was met with universal acclaim. In its announcement, The Pulitzer Board called DAMN “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offer affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” DAMN topped the album charts in both America and Canada, won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was Billboard Magazine’s Year-End #1 Album for 2017. Kendrick Lamar’s other major label releases include Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), the latter also a Best Rap Album Grammy winner. In what was widely considered a major upset, DAMN lost the Album of the Year Grammy to 24K Magic by Bruno Mars at the ceremony held January 28, 2018. #damn #kendricklamar #pulitzerprizeformusic #bestrapalbum #goodkidmaadcity #topimpabutterfly #24kmagic #brunomars #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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The next ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show: Shine

“If I’m shining everybody’s gonna shine…”

Don’t miss the next ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 8pm on WGXC 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson. Join hosts Tony@Large, Seth Davis and Jeff McKinney as they make the world a better place one jam at a time! This month’s guest is writer, actor, and comedian Nora Burns who talks about her new hit one-woman show David’s Friend coming to Hudson Hall on April 27th.. The ECLECTIMANIAC Boys also discuss the joy of traveling with audiobooks, Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band, Princess, Post Malone at the Elvis Tribute Special and World of Dance contestant, Poppin’ John! Plus music from Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Faith Evans, Lakey Inspired and R.E.M.! Love is the answer. Tune in. #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #eclectimaniac #wgxc #shine #noraburns #davidsfriend #hudsonhall #hudsonny #audiobooks #mayarudolph #princess #prince #postmalone #elvistribute #worldofdance #poppinjohn #arianagrande #lizzo #faithevans #lakeyinspired @lakeyinspired #rem
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Today in Music: 4/15/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals reached the top of the US singles chart on April 15, 1989. The song was the first of two number one songs for the band in America. From ther 1988 album The Raw and the Cooked, the record was a major hit worldwide. Two music videos were produced for the song. Philippe Decoufle directed one and Pedro Romhanyi, the other. “She Drives Me Crazy” also hit number one in Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and Spain. #shedrivesmecrazy #fineyoungcannibals #therawandthecooked #fyc #billboardnumberone #philippedecoufle #pedroromhanyi #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/12/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”, from the musical Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics) and Galt MacDermot (music) and released as a single by the The 5th Dimension, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 12, 1969. Produced by Bones Howe, the song was one of the most popular of 1969 all over the world. The idea to record the medley came after the group saw a production of Hair in New York. “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” was included on the group’s 4th studio album, The Age of Aquarius. The recording won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group. The lyrics are based on the astrological belief that the world would eventually enter the “Age of Aquarius”, an age of love, light and humanity. “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” held the number one spot for a total of six weeks. #fifthdimension #5thdimension #aquariusletthesunshinein #aquarius #letthesunshinein #boneshowe #billboardhot100 #hair #jamesrado #geromeragni #galtmacdermot #theageofaquarius #grammy #recordoftheyear #astronomy #love #light #humanity #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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