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Saturday Single No. 338

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

As the Texas Gal and I ran some errands this morning, I was pondering this post and wondering which tracks in the RealPlayer were recorded on this date, on April 20. (I have that information for maybe ten percent of the songs in the player, gleaned from various places.)

The harvest is slender: We have a trio of tunes by Blind Willie Johnson recorded April 20, 1930, in Atlanta, Georgia and released on Columbia: “John the Revelator,” “Soul of a Man” and “Trouble Will Soon Be Over.” Three years later, in Camden, New Jersey, Ramona and Roy Bargy recorded “Raising the Rent” for the Victor label.

Billie Holiday recorded “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues” in New York City for the Commodore label on April 20, 1939. And shifting genres by a fair amount, the Beatles did the last bits of work on George Harrison’s “Only a Northern Song” at the Abbey Road studios on April 20, 1967.

Finally, on April 20, 1983, at the Hit Factory in New York City, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded “Cynthia,” which was released in 1998 on the Tracks collection.

And simply because I’ve only mentioned her four times in the history of this blog and seemingly have only ever shared one of her tunes, I’m settling on Billie Holiday and her 1933 recording of “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues” for today’s Saturday Single.