April 16 – Laurel & Hardy ‘Music Box’, Stones first album, Dekker ‘Israelites’


The Music Box staircase in 2009

Hal Roach(*) Studios release Laurel and Hardy favorite, The Music Box.

The story is simple: the boys are delivering a piano … as always, the hard way.

One of the their best-loved films, it receives a 1932 Oscar for Best Short Subject, Comedy — the first such film to be honored. In 1997 it’s added to the U.S. National Film Registry.

Much of the clever, affable music so important to the popularity of Roach’s early short films is written by Minnesota-born composer Leroy Shield (*). Roach repeatedly re-used music he commissioned; themes common to L&H comedies are also heard, for example, in children’s comedy series Our Gang.

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The album ‘With the Beatles’ is knocked off the top of the UK chart by the Rolling Stones self-titled debut album (UK#1, 12 weeks; AU#1).

The US version (US#11) is released May 30. (If you can name -one song- on the UK release, you’re very, very good!)

The Stones in 1964

The album 12 X 5(US#3,AU#2) is a second, US-only release on Oct. 17, 1964, created from the Aug. 14, UK-only EP Five by Five(UK#1). It includes Norman Meade (Jerry Ragovoy) song Time Is on My Side.

By 2005 the Stones have released 29 studio albums. ( Website )

 Ska becomes Reggae 


Backed by The Aces, Jamaican singer-songwriter Desmond Dekker has the first UK#1 reggae hit with Israelites (US#9;CA,NL,DE#1).

It had been 5 years since Millie Small‘s ska hit My Boy Lollipop (US,UK#2). In the next year Dekker had UK hits with It Miek (UK#7) and Jimmy Cliff‘s You Can Get It If You Really Want.

Iconic Cliff film The Harder They Come is released on July 7, 1972. In 2003 Rolling Stone names the film’s soundtrack — which includes music by Dekker and The Slickers — as #119 of its top 500 albums.
Johnny Too Bad     ( Skazine site

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