Martha Davis and The Motels release “All Four One” on April 6, 1982.
The release coincides with the emergence of MTV and “Only The Lonely” is one of the new genre’s notable “hits.”
April 5, 1988 ~ Tracy Chapman releases her debut album. It becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time.
This is the stuff of rock n’ roll legend.
April 3, 1980 ~
Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders are in Memphis in the middle of their first US tour. Chrissie gets into a disagreement with a patron at the the bar at which they’re performing. The police are called, Chrissie’s placed in the back of police car and she promptly kicks out the back window of the cruiser. She spends the night in jail but The Pretenders don’t miss the next night’s show at Poet’s Music Hall.
Leon Russell. Born April 2, 1942 …
The Mother of the MP3 releases her most successful and critically acclaimed album on April 1, 1987 …
… the vocal track from the original a cappella version of “Tom’s Diner” was so admired for its simplicity and clarity that it became the test track used by German scientists to perfect the mp3. According to an article Ms.Vega stumbled upon in 2000 in the (now defunct) magazine Business 2.0, lead scientist Karl-Heinz Brandenburg (“who looks like a mad scientist”) heard the tune being played down the hall form his research lab and thought the natural warmth of Ms.Vega’s voice would be the perfect template around which to improve his mp3 algorithm. If Brandenburg could figure out a way to compress such a delicate track without diminishing its glow, he could work with anything.John S.W. MacDonald, The Observer
Ronnie Lane. Born April 1, 1949. Co-found of both The Faces and Small Faces. His contribution to rock n’ roll is undeniable — he was inducted into the RRHOF in 2012 — but the road was less than a smooth one.
The Scorps releases Animal Magnetism on March 31, 1980 …