On this day in music history: October 19, 1979 - “Prince”, the second album by Prince released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA and Hollywood Sound in Hollywood, CA from April - June 1979. Recorded in just seven weeks, the new album (like his debut) features the artist playing virtually all of the instruments himself. Prince feels some pressure from Warner Bros to have a hit after spending three times the allotted budget on his first album “For You” which only sells modestly. Any fears of a sophomore slump are quickly vanquished upon its release. It spins off three singles including “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” (#13 R&B), “Still Waiting” (#65 R&B), and the classic “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (#1 R&B, #11 Pop), which becomes Prince’s first million selling single and first pop crossover success. The album is remastered and reissued on vinyl by Warner Bros reissue division Rhino Records in 2011, reproducing the original LP cover art work. It is also reissued again in 2016 through NPG/Warner Bros on standard weight vinyl. “Prince” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty two on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Parlophone PMC 7027) Released: 1 June 1967 Chart Position: #1
Side A: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
“With a Little Help from My Friends” •
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” •
“Fixing a Hole”
“She’s Leaving Home”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” Side B: "Within You Without You"
“When I’m Sixty-Four”
• “Lovely Rita” • "Good Morning Good Morning"
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” •
"A Day in the Life"