April 28, 1965 – Millions of American television viewers tuned in to a primetime hour of 22-year-old Barbra Streisand in her first-ever TV special, the triumphant My Name Is Barbra. It won two Emmys and a Peabody Award and helped make Streisand a household name.
This song about old age and loneliness, written about an old couple, is a theme relatively unexplored by songwriters. What’s amazing is how it rings so true despite being written by a 25-year old young man. John Prine cuts to the soul of humanity like no other.
Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.
― Hunter S. Thompson
April 23, 1961 – Never did Judy Garland so unify a collection of strangers than on this day in 1961 during the famous Carnegie Hall performance often called “the greatest night in showbiz history.” Her performance on this night was captured on a live recording that would go on to spend 95 weeks on the U.S. album charts (including 13 weeks at #1) and sweep the 1962 Grammys.
For your Sunday Morning listening pleasure…Stereophonics perform an acoustic version of their hit song “Maybe Tomorrow” on RTL2.
I look around at a beautiful life
Been the upper side of down
Been the inside of out
But we breathe
I wanna breeze and an open mind
I wanna swim in the ocean
Wanna take my time for me