Today In Music: 25th April
I'm a bit late with today's edition of Today In Music, but it's a packed one, so worth the wait. Read on for today's musical history lesson.
1960: The first-ever Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The event was organized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) to recognize the achievements of musicians and recording artists. Henry Mancini was one of the big winners of the night, taking home five awards for his work on the "Peter Gunn" soundtrack album.
1964: The Beatles continued their incredible run of success in the UK with "Can't Buy Me Love," which topped the charts for three consecutive weeks. The song was also a hit in the US, where it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1976: "Desire" was Bob Dylan's 17th studio album, released in January of that year. The album featured collaborations with violinist Scarlet Rivera, and included some of Dylan's most enduring songs, such as "Hurricane," "Isis," and "Joey." "Desire" was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 25th, 1976, indicating sales of over 500,000 units in the US.
1987: "La Bamba" was originally a traditional Mexican folk song, but it was popularized by the rock and roll group Los Lobos in 1987. The band's cover version was featured in the biopic film "La Bamba," which told the story of the life and career of Chicano rock musician Ritchie Valens. The song's success on the US charts helped to bring Latin music to a wider audience in the United States.
1997: U2's highly anticipated 'Pop Mart' world tour had its opening night at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of a rapturous crowd of 35,000 fans. The tour was notable for its spectacular production values, featuring an elaborate stage setup and the largest video screen ever constructed at the time, measuring a whopping 150 feet by 50 feet.
2005: The Ivor Novello Awards are an annual event in the UK that honor songwriters and composers. Elton John was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 ceremony in recognition of his contributions to the music industry over the course of his career. John had previously won five Ivor Novello Awards for his songwriting, including the prestigious PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award in 1997.
Words: Thomas Jackson
Header Image: U2 by Neil Lupin