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Today in Music: 4/11/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Sign o’ the Times” by Prince started a three week run at number one on the R&B singles chart on April 11, 1987. “Sign o’ the Times” was the lead single and title track of Prince’s 1987 album, his first after disbanding The Revolution. “Sign o’ the Times” is one of Prince’s bleaker songs addressing problems such as AIDS, gang violence, poverty, drug use and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The song has been covered by Simple Minds, Chaka Khan and Heaven 17, among others. Prince recorded the song using a Fairlight Synthesizer. #prince #signothetimes #randb #therevolution #princeandtherevolution #simpleminds #chakakhan #heaven17 #fairlightsynthesizer #catglover #coloryoupeachandblack #ohyeah #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory #rip #princeforever
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Today in Music: 4/10/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 10, 1976, the double live album Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton, reached number one on the US album chart. Frampton Comes Alive! is one of the best selling live albums ever in the United States. Three singles were released from the record: “Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do”. All three reached the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. After releasing four solo albums to little success, Frampton Comes Alive! was a commercial breakthough for Frampton. The album was recorded in the summer and fall of 1975, amassed from shows at Winterland in San Francisco, Long Island Arena in Commack, New Jersey, and the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. Originally intended as a single LP, A&M Records suggested expanding it to two LPs after hearing the initial concert recordings. In 2001, a 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album was released, containing additional tracks and resequenced to more accurately reflect the set list during the original concerts. Frampton Comes Alive! spent a total of 10 weeks at number one. #framptoncomesalive #peterframpton #billboard200 #numberonealbums #livealbum #showmetheway #babyiloveyourway #doyoufeellikewedo #billboardmag #winterland #sanfrancisco #longislandarena #commack #newjersey #sunyplattsburgh #aandmrecords #concertalbum #1 #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/9/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 9, 1984, “Flashdance…What a Feeling” by Irene Cara, won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 56th Annual Academy Awards. Written by Giorgio Moroder (music) and Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (lyrics), the track is the title song for the 1983 film “Flashdance” directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. The film opened to mostly negative reviews but was a box office hit, eventually becoming the third highest grossing film of the year. The film’s soundtrack was an immense success spawning two number one singles: the title track (which spent a total of six weeks at number one) and “Maniac” by Michael Sembello. “Flashdance…What a Feeling” also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. #flashdance #irenecara #flashdancewhatafeeling #academyaward #oscarwinner #bestoriginalsong #giorgiomoroder #keithforsey #adrianlyne #jenniferbeals #michaelnouri #moviesoundtracks #titletrack #numberonesong #billboardmagazine #maniac #michaelsembello #goldenglobes #grammyaward #bestfemalepopvocalperformance #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/8/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Toto IV, the fourth studio album by Toto, was released on April 8, 1982. After the success of their self-titled debut album, the band’s sales and popularity quickly subsided over the course of their next two albums. Feeling intense pressure from Columbia Records to deliver a hit, the group decided to go back to basics and play up their strengths. Toto IV took their career to new heights, sending four songs into the US Top 40: “Rosanna” (#2), “Africa” (their first, and only, #1), “I Won’t Hold You Back” (#10) and “Make Believe” (#30). The album sold more than 12 million copies and went on to win six Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year and Record of the Year for “Rosanna”. “Africa” has become a enduring classic, utilized in internet memes and television shows. In 2018, after the fan-initiated Twitter campaign “@WeezerAfrica”, the band Weezer recorded a cover of “Africa” that became their first Hot 100 hit since 2009. Toto IV was the last album released by the band’s original lineup. #totoiv #toto #columbiarecords #rosanna #africa #totoafrica #iwontholdyouback #makebelieve #grammyawards #albumoftheyear #produceroftheyear #recordoftheyear #twittercampaigns @weezerafrica #weezerafrica #weezer #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/5/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 5, 1975, “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Released as the fourth single from her second studio album Perfect Angel, the song was written by Riperton and husband, Richard Rudolph. Production was handled by Rudolph and Stevie Wonder who, due to contractual restraints with Motown, co-produced the album under the pseudonym “El Toro Negro”. “Lovin’ You” is one of only a handful of number one songs with no percussion. Others include “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce and “Yesterday” by The Beatles. The song went on to become the album’s most successful track and Riperton’s biggest hit and signature song. Riperton and Rudolph are the parents of actress/comedian Maya Rudolph. #minnieriperton #lovinyou #billboardhot100 #perfectangel #richardrudolph #steviewonder #eltoronegro #motown #timeinabottle #jimcroce #yesterday #thebeatles #mayarudolph #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/4/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: “Would I Lie to You?”, the lead single from Eurythmics’ fourth studio album Be Yourself Tonight, was released on April 4, 1985. The song and album would feature a shift in musical direction for the group from their early synthpop work to a more rock oriented sound. Recorded in Paris, the album enlisted an impressive group of collaborators, including members of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Dean Garcia, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Costello. “Would I Lie to You?” continued their worldwide chart dominance, reaching the top ten in the United States, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden and hitting #1 in Australia. The video, directed by Mary Lambert, was a heavy MTV favorite. #eurythmics #wouldilietoyou #beyourselftonight #paris #theheartbreakers #steviewonder #deangarcia #arethafranklin #elvisconstello #marylambert #mtv #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/3/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 3, 1990, the incomparable Sarah Vaughan died in Hidden Hills, California. Known as “Sassy” and “The Divine One”, she is one of the most celebrated vocalists of the 20th century. Born Sarah Lois Vaughan in Newark, New Jersey on March 27, 1924, Vaughan began studying piano at seven years old and sang in the church choir. Her love of popular music was formed early and by her mid-teens she was performing (often illegally) at local clubs in Newark. In 1942, after winning the famous “Amateur Night” contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Vaughan was hired as a singer by the Earl Hines Orchestra. Later, she joined Billy Eckstine’s band, working alongside Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, who would be two of her biggest influences. In 1948, she signed with Columbia Records where she remained through 1954. Vaughan then signed with Mercury Records. Sarah Vaughan was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female in 1982 for “Gershwin Live!” and the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1989. In 1981, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Special Class for “Rhapsody and Song: A Tribute to George Gershwin”. Vaughan had a three octave range described as “an ornament of uniquely flexible size, shape and duration”. Her notable songs include: “Misty”, “Whatever Lola Wants”, “Send in the Clowns” and her first gold record, “Broken Hearted Melody”. #sarahvaughan #sassy #thedivineone #hiddenhills #california #newark #newjersey #apollotheater #amateurnighattheapollo #earlhines #billyeckstine #charlieparker #dizzygillespie #columbiarecords #mercuryrecords #grammyaward #emmyaward #gershwinlive #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/2/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: Rumours, the eleventh studio album by Fleetwood Mac, hit number one on the US album chart on April 2, 1977. Recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California, the album was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut. The studio sessions for Rumours were rife with personal conflicts among the band members and a full embrace of rock hedonism, all of which shaped the final album. Rumours was an immediate success. All four singles released from the album (“Go Your Own Way”, “Dreams” “Don’t Stop” and “You Make Loving Fun”) reached the Top 10, with “Dreams” becoming their first (and only!) number one song. Rumours was the top album in the United States for a total of 31 weeks and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. With sales of over 40 million copies, Rumours is in the top ten best selling albums of all time. #fleetwoodmac #rumours #recordplant #sausalito #california #70srock #kencaillat #richarddashut #goyourownway #dreams #dontstop #youmakelovingfun #grammy #albumoftheyear #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 4/1/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 1, 1995, “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan began a seven week run at number one on the US R&B singles chart. Released as the lead single and title track of Jordan’s debut studio album on Def Jam Recordings, the song features a sample of “Children’s Story” by Slick Rick. “This Is How We Do It” was an immense crossover success as well, becoming Jordan’s first and only Billboard Hot 100 number one, also spending seven weeks at the top of that chart. The song has appeared on a number of movie soundtracks and was nominated for the Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance Grammy Award. Montell Jordan went on to become a born again christian and left the music industry in 2010 to become a worship leader at Victory World Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Jordan released a total of seven albums. #montelljordan #thisishowwedoit #90srandb #randb #defjam #defjamrecordings #childrensstory #slickrick #billboardnumberone #billboardmag #grammy #bornagain #victoryworldchurch #atlanta #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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Today in Music: 03/29/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On March 29, 1975, “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, the song is from Labelle’s 1974 album, Nightbirds, their first album after signing with Epic Records. The song was inspired by New Orleans prostitutes and features the famous chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” which tranlates to “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?”. Patti LaBelle has said she had no idea what the song was about when they recorded it. An early version of the song was recorded by The Eleventh Hour, a disco group consisting of studio musicians and featuring Kenny Nolan on vocals. Labelle recorded the song at the suggesiton of their producer, Allen Toussaint. “Lady Marmalade” has been covered numerous times. The girl group All Saints did a version in 1998 that received little attention in the United States, but went to #1 in the UK. In 2001, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and Lil’ Kim recorded a version for the soundtrack to the Baz Luhrmann film, Moulin Rouge. Produced by Missy Elliott, it spent five weeks at #1 in the summer of 2001 and won the Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. “Lady Marmalade” is the only song to top both the UK and US charts twice, by two different acts: in the UK (1998 – All Saints and 2001 – Moulin Rouge version), in the US (1975 – Labelle and 2001 – Moulin Rouge version). With the song reaching #1 in the US, Lil’ Kim became the first female rap artist to appear on a Hot 100 number one single. #ladymarmalade #labelle #pattilabelle #nonahendryx #sarahdash #allentoussaint #billboardmag #bobcrewe #kennynolan #nightbirds #epicrecords #hookers #prostitutes #neworleans #theeleventhhour #allsaints #christinaguilera #mya #pink #lilkim #missyelliott #grammy #moulinrouge #bazluhrmann #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory
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