Hard to believe it’s been this long ago, but today, April 24, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of the debut solo album, Full Moon Fever, from the late great Tom Petty. The album was produced by Jeff Lynn, who also played along Petty in The Traveling Wilburys. Fellow Wilburys George Hamilton and Roy Orbison also contributed to the album. Lynn also doubled as the bass player for the record.
Although this was a solo album, Heartbreaker’s guitarist Mike Campbell was the lead picker on the record. Fellow Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein also appeared on the album.
Full Moon Fever went to #3 on the album charts and sold over five million copies. The album contains such Petty classics as Free Fallin‘, RunningDown a Dream, and I Won’t Back Down.
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On April 22, 1985, Prince and The Revolution released Around the World in a Day. This record was the follow up to the massively successful album, Purple Rain, which was released in 1984. While not selling as many copies as Purple Rain, the album did reach #1 and went on to sell seven million copies.
Two top ten singles did come out of the record. Raspberry Beret went to #2 and Pop Life landed at #7. In the video for Raspberry Beret, the young blond lady who hands Prince his guitar was actress Jackie Swanson, who went on to play the girlfriend and later wife of Woody Harrelson’s character on Cheers.
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The #1 Country album this week in 1979 was The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. The album went on to sell more than 35 million copies. The title track and She Believes in Me also went to number one on the country singles charts.
The Gambler was a huge cross over singles hit that made it to #16 on the pop chart and #3 on the easy listening chat. In 1980, A made for TV movie based on the song aired on CBS. The film was so successful that four sequels were also produced.
In our last post, we talked about the various music genres of the Gen X era. We left out Funk because it clearly is a product of the Boomer generation, but we could have included a subgenre of funk called Electro-Funk. In this style, the horn sections got replaced with synthesizers and the beat often came courtesy of a drum machine. Some of the top acts associated with 80’s electro-funk include, the Dazz Band, Midnight Star, Zapp and The Gap Band.
When many people think of music in regards to the Generation X era, they might think of the New Wave and Hair Metal scenes of the eighties. While those styles might provide the most common visual reminders of the time, the years from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties also brought us Rap, Disco, Techno, Industrial, Goth, Thrash, Death Metal, Grunge and don’t forget the UrbanCowboy country boom of the early eighties.
Can you think of any other genres? What was your favorite of the era?
39 years ago today, Judas Priest released British Steel, one of the most influential albums in heavy metal history. The album contained classics such as Living After Midnight, Breaking the Law, United, and Metal Gods.
We are a little late but the second album from Van Halen turned 40 on March 23rd. It peaked at #6 on the charts and went on to sell almost 6 million copies. It’s a great record that still holds up today
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