Life without music is life without a voice!Today in Music History: April 24
Listen carefully to the whistle...
1959 Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore'. A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly's death.
1961 Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte's album 'The Midnight Special' playing harmonica on the track 'Calypso King'; Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this - his first ever recording.
1961 Del Shannon started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Runaway', also a No.1 in the UK. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of 'From Me To You'.
1965 Beatles manager Brian Epstein won the 'star prize' of an album when he had his letter published in UK music weekly 'Melody Maker' informing its readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar on 'Ticket To Ride'.
1965 Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Game Of Love', a No. 2 hit in the UK. Wayne took his name from DJ Fontana the Elvis Presley drummer. Eric Stewart guitarist in the Mindbenders went on join Hotlegs and 10CC.
1968 Louis Armstrong, "Satchmo", was at No.1 in the UK with the single 'What A Wonderful World / Cabaret'. At 69 years of age, it made Armstrong the oldest act ever to score a UK No.1.
1971 Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with '4 Way Street'.
1972 John Lennon's controversial single, 'Woman Is the Nigger of the World' was released in the US. The song peaked at No.57, despite virtually every radio station in the country refusing to play it. Yoko Ono said the phrase during a magazine interview in 1967 and Lennon later explained that he was making a point that women deserved higher status in society.
1976 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney's fifth No.1 album after The Beatles dissolution. It became his most successful American chart album, spending seven nonconsecutive weeks at #1. The album featured the hits 'Let 'Em In' and 'Silly Love Songs'.
1979 Ray Charles' 'Georgia On My Mind' was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. The music to the song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael who also recorded a version of the song in New York in the same year. Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, recorded it in 1960 on the album 'The Genius Hits the Road'.
1995 Oasis released 'Some Might Say' which went on to give the band their first UK No.1 single. The planned promo video for the song was cancelled due to Liam not turning up for the shoot. Instead, a makeshift video was created using footage from the 'Cigarettes & Alcohol', US 'Supersonic' and UK 'Whatever' videos.
2005 Mariah Carey was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Emancipation of Mimi'.
2007 The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' on its first day in UK shops, putting it on course to be the year's fastest-selling new release.The No.1 songs on April 24 in this decade...
[Click on the year to see all the songs that hit No.1 that year.]
Rihanna - Rude Boy
Rihanna - S&M
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth - See You Again
Rihanna feat. Drake - Work
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...