On this day in music, April 25th in 1987, U2 started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album “Joshua Tree.” Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, the album topped the charts in over 20 countries, and is one of the world’s all-time best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. The album which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year produced the hit singles ‘With or Without You’, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’.
Happy Birthday: Ella Fitzgerald, Albert King, Stu Cook, and Simon Fowler.
On this day in music, April 21st in 1967 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London, the Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life.’. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembled. These were omitted from the American version of the album.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ERIC CLAPTON: Born on this day, March 20, 1945.Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO QUINCY JONES: On this day, March 14, in 1933, Quincy Jones was born. Quincy Jones.is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, and entertainment company executive, His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry with a record 79 Grammy Award nominations and 28 Grammy Awards,including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. Jones and was the producer of the three albums by Michael Jackson, Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller which has now sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
COMPACT DISC SYSTEMS INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC TODAY In 1983: On this day, March 2nd, in 1983, a new digital audio system, a five-inch compact disc containing up to one hour of music was launched by Sony, Philips and Polygram in Europe and North America.
Happy Birthday: Karen Carpenter, Jon Bon Jovi, Larry Carlton, Eddie Money, and Lou Reed.
REMEMBERING DAVY JONES: On this day, February 29th, in 2012, Davy Jones, the Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees died at age 66 in his sleep at his home in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack. Jones who appeared as a teenager in soap opera Coronation Street, playing Ena Sharples’s grandson was also a former apprentice jockey in Newmarket. Jones remained a keen horseman all his life, winning his first race in England as a jockey in 1996.
On this day, February 26th in 1983, Michael Jackson’s Thriller went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.
Happy Birthday: Fats Domino, Michael Bolton, Jonathan Cain, Johnny Cash.