On this day in music history: July 7, 1986 – &…

On this day in music history: July 7, 1986 – “Eat ‘Em And Smile”, the full-length debut solo album by David Lee Roth is released. Produced by Ted Templeman, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City, Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from Late 1985 – Early 1986. Following the Platinum selling success of his EP “Crazy From The Heat”, Roth initially plans on making his first full album in a similar vein, recording covers of lounge, pop and standards. He scraps the idea to make a straight ahead rock album more like his work in Van Halen. Roth assembles a band of top notch musicians that include guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette. The album is well received upon its release and spins off four singles including “Yankee Rose” (#16 Pop, #10 Mainstream Rock), and Goin’ Crazy" (#66 Pop, #12 Mainstream Rock). Along side the standard release, Roth releases an alternate version of the album titled “Sonrisa Salvaje”, with all of the songs sung in Spanish.  The Spanish version is remastered and reissued on CD by Friday Music in 2007. Out of print on vinyl for nearly twenty years, the original English language version is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Friday Music in 2011. “Eat ‘Em And Smile” peaks  at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.