March 12 – First stereo recording, Bonnie Tyler

1932
British-American conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra make a live recording (coughs are audible!) of Scriabin‘s 1910 ‘Poem of Fire’ (‘Poeme du feu’ Opus 60) onto vinyl disk in binaural sound.


Stokowski, Fletcher

 
Separate grooves are used for each channel. The recording is the earliest surviving example of stereophonic recording. The recording follows a year of experiments with physicist Harvey Fletcher at Bell Labs. It’ll be 25 years before the first commercial stereo record is released. 1957 documentary 
 
Stokowski is later part of Disney’s development of the 8 optical-track Fantasound system — an early form of surround sound — for his 1940 animated feature Fantasia. (That term was first used in the 1500s for a kind of music that breaks the usual rules of composition.)

See also: Sound-on-film

1983


Tyler, 2010

Welsh country rock singer Bonnie Tyler has a UK#1 single with Total Eclipse of the Heart from fifth album Faster Than the Speed of Night.
 
The single becomes an international #1 hit; the album climbs to UK#1,US#4. It’s written by Jim Steinman, who wrote many hits for Dallas pop-rock singer Meat Loaf. It kept another Steinman song (Making Love Out of Nothing at All, Aussie duo Air Supply‘s penultimate top-40 hit ) out of the #1 spot.
 
Other big hits for Tyler include 1977’s It’s a Heartache and 1984’s Holding Out for a Hero.
 
Gaynor Hopkins (Tyler) is the daughter of a coal-miner and grew up in Wales listening to Motown music. She got her start by winning 2nd place ( and a £1 prize!) in a 1970 talent contest for which she sang the Mary Hopkin hit Those Were the Days … one of the first records released by Apple Records.
 
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