Music is what life sounds like: Moments, Memories, Pain & Happiness
Of course, music is just as much about the musician as it is a song's words, melody and rhythm. Then, there are also the performances (some of which occur in the most unusual places), the glitz, the glitter or the lack thereof.
Today in Music History: April 14th...
Philadelphia Orchestra, Jeanette Vreeland Soprano
1922 Jeanette Vreeland sang the first radio concert from an airplane as she flew over New York City. Jeannette Vreeland's intelligent interpretation and the stylistic delivery of her excellent soprano voice are documented on Victor records, for which she recorded exclusively. Her big times were in the decade 1925-1935. She was considered as one of the most important concert and oratorio singers in the USA. (Note: Connecting link dates this event as April 22, but it is believed this is a crossover with the year.)
|Yoko Ono, John Lennon, & Paul McCartney|
1968 Beatles Photos
1969 The recording of the Beatles first stereo single 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.
1971 The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of 'drug-oriented records' including Jefferson Aiplane's 'White Rabbit', Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' and The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'.
1973 Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ' Houses Of The Holy' also a No.1 in the UK. The young girl featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland is Samantha Gates who was 6 years old at the time of the photo shoot.
See the 'Houses of the Holy' Cover Child Models All Grown Up
1979 The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'What A Fool Believes', the group's second US No.1, it made No.31 in the UK.
Songfacts: Kenny Loggins co-wrote this with Doobie Brothers lead singer Michael McDonald. Loggins put his version on his album Nightwatch, which was released in July 1978, five months before The Doobies included it on their Minute by Minute album. Loggins' version was never released as a single, but The Doobie Brothers took it to #1 in the US in April 1979. This won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The album won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. These were the only Grammys the band ever won.
1990 Madonna's 'Vogue' scored a No.1 hit in the US, also scored her seventh UK No.1 single. Taken from her soundtrack album I'm Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy).
Songfacts: "Vogueing" was a dance craze popular in the gay community where dancers used elaborate hand gestures and frequently stopped to pose. This song brought the dance style to the mainstream and solidified Madonna's standing as an icon in the gay community. Vogue was very much En Vogue in 1990. Not only did this song top the charts, but the magazine Vogue was enjoying a resurgence under guidance of Anna Wintour, and the group En Vogue emerged with their first hit, "Hold On."
2002 Ashanti started a ten week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Foolish' and on the same day started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album.
The outrage of the day...Songfacts: Largely because of this single, Ashanti's first album debuted at #1 and sold over 500,000 copies. The week her self-titled debut album was released, she held the #1 and #2 spots in the Billboard Hot 100, with this song and her collaboration with Fat Joe, "What's Luv?" With her collaboration with Ja Rule, "Always on Time," also in the Top 10, Ashanti thus became the first artist since The Beatles to have her first three singles charting in the Top 10 simultaneously. Additionally Ashanti had co-written a fourth song in the same week's Top 10, Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny."
Sick, Justin, sick! A true sign of immaturity!2013 Justin Bieber caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan. The 19-year-old wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." It provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who was in Amsterdam as part of a tour.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...