On this day in music history, 1980, Magic Records, a subsidiary of the British firm Stiff Records, released an album in Great Britain titled “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan.” Here’s an excerpt:
If you don’t seem to get any sound from your speakers, it’s because the album was forty minutes of silence, so the excerpt also is silence. However, if you listen closely, you can hear the vinyl pops, clicks, hisses, and scratches. That’s why I prefer digital!
Also on this day in music history, 1973, Elton John’s classic album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was at #1 on the charts in both Great Britain and the United States. Four singles from the album hit the singles charts: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Bennie and the Jets.”
Many critics consider “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to be Elton’s best song. I agree it is very good but I might have a ten-way tie for best. Here’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”:
Of course, we have to give credit to Bernie Taupin for writing the lyrics for Elton to put music to.
The B side of the single was a song titled “Screw You.” Except in the United States where the song was re-titled “Young Man’s Blues.” Certainly would not want to offend American record buyers…. until Rap and Hip Hop came along.
Of course, some Republicans would say that “The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” with its forty minutes of silence is offensive….