Bob Dylan in 1961, appeared on the Harry Belafonte’s music album ‘The Midnight Special’ playing a harmonica on the track ‘Calypso King’. Dylan was paid $50 session fee for this his first ever recording.
Del Shannon started a four-week run in 1961 at No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘Runaway’. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of ‘From Me To You’.
Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1965 with ‘Game Of Love’. Wayne took his name for DJ Fontana the Elvis Presley drummer. Eric Stewart, guitarist in The Mindbenders went on to join Hotlegs and 10CC.
The Beatles new company, Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie in 1968.
In 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album music chart with ‘4 Way Street’.
‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ went to No.1 on the US album music chart in 1976. Paul McCartney’s fifth No.1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven un-consecutive weeks at No.1. The album featured the hits ‘Let ‘Em In’ and ‘Silly Love Songs’.
Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia in 1979. 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.
The Dixie Chicks in 2003, launched a publicity campaign to explain their position after the controversy of Natalie Maines’ statement regarding the Iraq war. During a prime-time interview with TV personality Diane Sawyer, Maines said she remained proud of her original statement. The band also appeared naked (with private parts strategically covered) on the current cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine, with slogans such as “Traitors”, “Saddam Angels”, “Dixie Sluts”, “Proud Americans”, “Hero”. “Free Speech” and “Brave” printed on their bodies. The slogans represented the labels (both positive and negative) that had been placed on them in the aftermath of Maines’ statement.
Sheryl Crow, in 2007, said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on the pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. Crow made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. Crow had also designed a clothing line with what she called a “dining sleeve”. The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another “diner sleeve” after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those people born today April 24th are:
1947 – Glenn Cornick – bass guitar with Jethro Tull.
1947 – Ann Kelly – The Hues Corporation.
1948 – Steve York – Manfred Mann
1951 – Nigel Harrison – British bass player with Blondie.
1954 – Jack Blades – bassist with Night Ranger and Damn Yankees.
1957 – David Jay with Bauhaus.
1958 – Boris Williams – drums for The Cure.
1963 – Billy Gould – with Faith No More.
1964 – Patty Schemel – with Hole.
1967 – Shannon Larkin – drummer for Ugly Kid Joe and Godsmack.
1968 – Aaron Comess – drums for The Spin Doctors.
1974 – Brian Marshall – bassist for Creed.
1982 – Kelly Clarkson – US singer.