April 9 – Oldest known sound recording, Dancing Queen

1860

The world’s oldest known sound recording is made in Paris on the phonautograph (patented by French printer, bookseller Leon Scott on March 25, 1857).
▷Studio 360:Phonautogram▹
 
This 10-second recording of a singer performing ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ is the earliest known recording of a human voice to be played back.
▷NYT story▹ ▷Birth of the recording industry▹ ▷First Sounds▹

1977

Swedish pop group ABBA‘s song Dancing Queen tops the charts in the US.
 
Within a year after its release on Aug. 16, 1976, Dancing Queen has topped the singles charts in at least 16 different countries from Sweden to Japan. It’s included on 1976 int’l #1 album Arrival (the UK’s best-selling in 1977). It becomes the group’s signature song, and has been covered googol times. (Reznor?) Dancing Queen 
 
It’s also heard in the 1999 musical and 2008 British-made film Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep.
 
In 1993 Anni-Frid Lyngstad sings an a capella version for Swedish Queen Silvia’s 50th birthday. Nice. The band’s final album The Visitors is rereleased in a Deluxe format on Apr. 23, 2012.
 
 ( Website ▷About:ABBA’s best▹
▷Classic Bands: Radio’s most-played artists▹  ~ ABBA  

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