April 18: This day, that year in music history

Published:Nov 29, 202312:57
April 18: This day, that year in music history

A 1985 file picture of the British pop duo Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley on guitar and George Michael on vocals. Picture Credit score: AP

Wham! conquer China


Wham! The British duo that includes George Michael and Andrew Ridgley, which was fashioned in 1981, made historical past after they grew to become the first-ever Western pop act to have an album launched in China.

In 1964 they toured China to advertise their second studio, ‘Make It Big’, which featured a few of their greatest hits together with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’, ‘Everything She Wants’ and the epic ballad, ‘Careless Whisper’.

The tour garnered large media consideration in China and denied rock stars Queen the prospect of being the primary band to play within the nation.

Indian-born British director Lindsay Anderson accompanied Wham! On the tour to movie a documentary in regards to the go to, which was initially titled ‘If You Were Here’ and later launched as ‘Wham! In China: Foreign Skies’.

A star is born


Annie Lennox Picture Credit score: AP

Former Eurythmics star Annie Lennox went to No.1 on the UK album chart along with her debut solo launch ‘Diva,’ following her break-up with Dave Stewart.

The album, which featured the six-minute lengthy ballad ‘Why’ offered two million copies in America. Although, not fairly a masterpiece, it featured some pretty songs like ‘Walking On Broken Glass’, ‘Legend In My Living Room’, ‘Money Can’t Purchase It’, ‘Little Bird’ and ‘Stay By Me’.

With ‘Diva’, Lennox introduced herself as a novel and exquisite artist.

The album would win the Brit Award for British Album of the Yr on the 1993 Brit Awards and obtained nominations for Album of the Yr, Best Feminine Pop Vocal Efficiency and Best Lengthy Type Music Video, successful the latter award on the Grammy Awards the identical 12 months.

Lennox is arguably one of the in style British feminine artists of all time and has offered over 80 million albums worldwide.

Elton John helps Aids charity


190611 Elton John
Elton John Picture Credit score: Provided

A sale of garments belonging to British pop star Sir Elton John raised greater than $700,000 for the singer’s Elton John Aids Basis.

Greater than 10,000 items, a few of which of which have been utilized by the singer and a few which have been model new and had their unique worth tags on them, have been offered throughout a five-day sale in New York Metropolis on the specially-created store, Elton’s Closet, at New York’s Rockefeller Centre. The sale has change into an annual and highly-anticipated occasion.

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