April in music history #2 – Wurlitzer ‘Sideman’, Joni Mitchell

1959

Wurlitzer begins promoting its new Wurlitzer Sideman on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ and the ‘Jack Paar Show’.
 

The Sideman is the first mass-manufactured drum machine. Designed as an accompaniment for solo organ players — with 10 different sounds produced by 10 vacuum tubes — it costs $375 ($2760 in 2009 dollars).
 
WS demonstration  ▷Synthmuseum▹ ▷120 years of EM▹

1970

Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell releases masterpiece third album Ladies of the Canyon. (UK#8,CA#16,US#27)

Nobody stopped to hear him
Though he played so sweet and high
They knew he had never
Been on their T.V.
So they passed his music by
I meant to go over and ask for a song
Maybe put on a harmony
I heard his refrain
As the signal changed

He was playing real good for free

It includes the song Woodstock; in early April a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover charts on its way to US#11.
 
Mitchell’s next five studio albums, crafted, tuneful and original, make the top-20 in the US and CA. Notable is 1974’s Court and Spark in which she adds jazz inflections; it includes her biggest hit single Help Me. Over the years she wins 8 Grammies, including a 2002 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
 ( Website Both Sides Now  Charlie Rose Greenroom 

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