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This Week In Music History Apr 7 - 13

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APR 7: Happy birthday to John Oates, born today in 1949!🎂🎸 He is best known as half of the duo Hall & Oates. Even though his main role has been as guitarist, he has also co-written many of their hit songs and has sang lead on a few as well. After graduating high school, Oates enrolled at Temple University where he met Daryl Hall. In 1972, they signed to Atlantic Records. As the best-selling duo of all time, they have sold over 80 million records worldwide and recorded 21 albums. It took until 2002 for Oates to record his first solo album. The duo is still at it and is currently touring.

APR 8: On this day in 1975, Aerosmith released their third studio album Toys In The Attic. Featuring the song “Walk This Way”, the album would go on to sell eight million copies and become their most successful album in the US. In the 80s, “Walk This Way” would help revitalize Aerosmith’s career when it was remade by rappers Run-D.M.C.

APR 9: Carl Perkins was born on this day in 1932. He began recording at Sun Studio in 1954. Perkins is probably best known for his iconic hit “Blue Suede Shoes” from 1956. His rockabilly style was an inspiration to many musicians such as Elvis, the Beatles, and Johnny Cash. As a child, Perkins listened to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. He soon was asking his folks for a guitar. 🎸 I guess the rest is history as they say! Perkins passed away in 1998 from throat cancer.😢

APR 10: On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton was at #1 on the U.A. album chart with Frampton Comes Alive!. It has gone on to be one of the best selling live albums of all times the U.S. The album would stay at #1 for 10 weeks and on the chart for 97 weeks. Estimated sales of Frampton Comes Alive! are 11 million worldwide.📀 
APR 11: Today in 2017, J Geils passed away from natural causes at age 71.😢 He began playing jazz trumpet but switched to blues guitar. In the mid-60s he was in a couple bands before forming what would become The J. Geils Band. The band would release eleven albums between 1970 and 1985. After the band broke up, Geils focused on auto racing and restoration.

*Geils is 3rd from the right.

APR 12: Today in 1973, Vicki Lawrence was at #1 with “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”. Yes, the Vicki Lawrence from the Carol Burnett Show! Lawrence was married to the songwriter at the time. He didn’t like the song and wouldn’t even record a demo, but Lawrence was convinced it could be a hit and recorded the demo herself. Reba McEntire would re-record the song in 1991.
APR 13: Happy birthday to Al Green, born today in 1946!🎂🎤 Often referred to as The Reverend Al Green, his signature hit “Let’s Stay Together” is one of most enduring soul songs of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
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