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Sunday, April 01, 2018

But I DID buy this one when it came out, the single not the album, and from the bargain bins it's true but if you ever needed a pop expression of having had precisely enough, this is it!
Turn it up!
On this day in music history: March 31, 1978 - “London Town”, the sixth album by Wings is released. Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios and Air Studios in London and the Virgin Islands from February 1977 - January 1978. The bands first studio album since “Wings At The Speed Of Sound” two years earlier, sessions for the album begins in London in early 1977. Deciding that a change of scenery is necessary, the locale shifts to the Virgin Islands where the band record on a yacht equipped with a 24-track tape machine. It is during the recording of the album that both drummer Joe English and lead guitarist Jimmy McCullough both quit Wings, leaving Paul, Linda and Denny Laine to finish the album on their own. Recording is further delayed when Linda discovers that she is pregnant with she and Paul’s son James (born on September 12, 1977). It spins off three singles including “With A Little Luck” (#1 Pop) and “I’ve Had Enough” (#25 Pop). The album track “Girlfriend” is covered by Michael Jackson on the album “Off The Wall” in 1979, also being released as a single in the UK. Original vinyl pressings of the album are packaged with a poster. “London Town” spends six weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

thanks to the most excellent Jeff Harris' blog 'Behind The Grooves

Birthdays today . . . . 

Born on this day: April 1, 1948 - Reggae music icon Jimmy Cliff (born James Chambers in Somerton District, St. James, Jamaica). Happy 70th Birthday, Jimmy!!

Born on this day: April 1, 1949 - Poet, singer, songwriter and musician Gil Scott-Heron (born Gilbert Scott-Heron in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to this visionary artist on what would have been his 69th Birthday. After lifelong struggles with heroin Gil Scott-Heron passed away in 2011. He meant a great deal to me and made me realise poetry could be powerful and angry! The revolution will not be televised . . . . . . . 

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