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linda22003
03-30-2012, 09:46 AM
1981: Reagan was shot at the Washington Hilton.

1842: The first operation was performed using ether as an anesthetic.

Rockntractor
03-30-2012, 09:53 AM
Mar 30, 1974:
John Denver has his first #1 hit with "Sunshine On My Shoulders"
Of his many enormous hits in the 1970s, none captured the essence of John Denver better than his first #1 song, "Sunshine On My Shoulders," which reached the top of the pop charts on this day in 1974.

"Sunshine On My Shoulders" was John Denver's attempt to write a sad song, which is really all one needs to know in order to understand what made Denver so appealing to so many. "I was so down I wanted to write a feeling-blue song," he told Seventeen magazine in 1974, "[but] this is what came out." Originally released on his 1971 album Poems, Prayers and Promises, Denver's lovely ode to the restorative powers of sunlight only became a smash hit when re-released on his John Denver's Greatest Hits album in late 1973—an album that went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.

It should come as no surprise that an artist who played such an enormous role in the softening of mainstream pop music in the 1970s would find little support from rock critics. "Television music" marked by "repellent narcissism" was Rolling Stone's take on Denver. "I find that sunshine makes me happy, too," wrote Robert Christgau of The Village Voice, "[but] there's more originality and spirit in Engelbert Humperdink."

Such critical response did little to dampen public enthusiasm for Denver's records during his heyday, however. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, John Denver has sold 32.5 million records—4.5 million more than Michael Bolton, and only 4.5 million fewer than Bob Dylan.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. on December 31, 1943, in Roswell, New Mexico, John Denver died in California on October 12, 1997, when his ultra-light aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay.
Of his many enormous hits in the 1970s, none captured the essence of John Denver better than his first #1 song, "Sunshine On My Shoulders," which reached the top of the pop charts on this day in 1974.

"Sunshine On My Shoulders" was John Denver's attempt to write a sad song, which is really all one needs to know in order to understand what made Denver so appealing to so many. "I was so down I wanted to write a feeling-blue song," he told Seventeen magazine in 1974, "[but] this is what came out." Originally released on his 1971 album Poems, Prayers and Promises, Denver's lovely ode to the restorative powers of sunlight only became a smash hit when re-released on his John Denver's Greatest Hits album in late 1973—an album that went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.

It should come as no surprise that an artist who played such an enormous role in the softening of mainstream pop music in the 1970s would find little support from rock critics. "Television music" marked by "repellent narcissism" was Rolling Stone's take on Denver. "I find that sunshine makes me happy, too," wrote Robert Christgau of The Village Voice, "[but] there's more originality and spirit in Engelbert Humperdink."

Such critical response did little to dampen public enthusiasm for Denver's records during his heyday, however. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, John Denver has sold 32.5 million records—4.5 million more than Michael Bolton, and only 4.5 million fewer than Bob Dylan.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. on December 31, 1943, in Roswell, New Mexico, John Denver died in California on October 12, 1997, when his ultra-light aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay.
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-denver-has-his-first-1-hit-with-quotsunshine-on-my-shouldersquot

Rockntractor
03-30-2012, 09:55 AM
The first operation was performed using ether as an anesthetic.
Before that when a doctor said you needed surgery it could ruin your whole day!

linda22003
03-30-2012, 10:22 AM
Before that when a doctor said you needed surgery it could ruin your whole day!

One of the most horrifying chapters I've ever read in history was in David McCullough's "John Adams", where he describes his daughter's mastectomy operation. The only thing they could do for her was to get her drunk on brandy.

Rockntractor
03-30-2012, 11:25 AM
One of the most horrifying chapters I've ever read in history was in David McCullough's "John Adams", where he describes his daughter's mastectomy operation. The only thing they could do for her was to get her drunk on brandy.

It really is unimaginable, I suppose they used some Laudanum too but maybe not.

linda22003
03-30-2012, 12:55 PM
It really is unimaginable, I suppose they used some Laudanum too but maybe not.

I don't remember now and have no desire to go back and reread it to find out.

noonwitch
03-30-2012, 03:33 PM
Mar 30, 1974:
John Denver has his first #1 hit with "Sunshine On My Shoulders"
Of his many enormous hits in the 1970s, none captured the essence of John Denver better than his first #1 song, "Sunshine On My Shoulders," which reached the top of the pop charts on this day in 1974.

"Sunshine On My Shoulders" was John Denver's attempt to write a sad song, which is really all one needs to know in order to understand what made Denver so appealing to so many. "I was so down I wanted to write a feeling-blue song," he told Seventeen magazine in 1974, "[but] this is what came out." Originally released on his 1971 album Poems, Prayers and Promises, Denver's lovely ode to the restorative powers of sunlight only became a smash hit when re-released on his John Denver's Greatest Hits album in late 1973—an album that went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.

It should come as no surprise that an artist who played such an enormous role in the softening of mainstream pop music in the 1970s would find little support from rock critics. "Television music" marked by "repellent narcissism" was Rolling Stone's take on Denver. "I find that sunshine makes me happy, too," wrote Robert Christgau of The Village Voice, "[but] there's more originality and spirit in Engelbert Humperdink."

Such critical response did little to dampen public enthusiasm for Denver's records during his heyday, however. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, John Denver has sold 32.5 million records—4.5 million more than Michael Bolton, and only 4.5 million fewer than Bob Dylan.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. on December 31, 1943, in Roswell, New Mexico, John Denver died in California on October 12, 1997, when his ultra-light aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay.
Of his many enormous hits in the 1970s, none captured the essence of John Denver better than his first #1 song, "Sunshine On My Shoulders," which reached the top of the pop charts on this day in 1974.

"Sunshine On My Shoulders" was John Denver's attempt to write a sad song, which is really all one needs to know in order to understand what made Denver so appealing to so many. "I was so down I wanted to write a feeling-blue song," he told Seventeen magazine in 1974, "[but] this is what came out." Originally released on his 1971 album Poems, Prayers and Promises, Denver's lovely ode to the restorative powers of sunlight only became a smash hit when re-released on his John Denver's Greatest Hits album in late 1973—an album that went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.

It should come as no surprise that an artist who played such an enormous role in the softening of mainstream pop music in the 1970s would find little support from rock critics. "Television music" marked by "repellent narcissism" was Rolling Stone's take on Denver. "I find that sunshine makes me happy, too," wrote Robert Christgau of The Village Voice, "[but] there's more originality and spirit in Engelbert Humperdink."

Such critical response did little to dampen public enthusiasm for Denver's records during his heyday, however. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, John Denver has sold 32.5 million records—4.5 million more than Michael Bolton, and only 4.5 million fewer than Bob Dylan.

Born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. on December 31, 1943, in Roswell, New Mexico, John Denver died in California on October 12, 1997, when his ultra-light aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay.
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-denver-has-his-first-1-hit-with-quotsunshine-on-my-shouldersquot


Rock critics hate nice songs, unless they are sung by the Beatles. I like John Denver's music, it always reminds me of my trip to Young Life camp in Colorado.

Rockntractor
03-30-2012, 04:00 PM
Rock critics hate nice songs, unless they are sung by the Beatles. I like John Denver's music, it always reminds me of my trip to Young Life camp in Colorado.

I grew up working fields milking cows and listening to John Denver, Americas favorite folk music.

Retread
03-30-2012, 10:33 PM
Denver gave new meaning to rocky mtn hi.....

SaintLouieWoman
03-30-2012, 11:07 PM
Rock critics hate nice songs, unless they are sung by the Beatles. I like John Denver's music, it always reminds me of my trip to Young Life camp in Colorado.
It brings back bittersweet memories. I used to play the old tape when driving to Utah with the greyhounds. I'd always start playing it when approaching the mountains, after driving through Kansas and eastern Colorado. My greyhound, Jessie, seemed to be soothed with Denver's music.

When he had bone cancer and it was nearing the end, I'd play the music for him. For some reason it quieted him. I used to hate Denver's music and thought it was sappy, but now he's still one of my favorites.