Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Music History Today: December 1, 2022

December 1, 2005: The National Film Registry inducted Rocky Horror Picture Show for its historical, cultural and aesthetic contributions to film. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) get stuck with a flat tire during a storm and discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Music History Today: November 30, 2022

November 30, 1982: Michael Jackson's Thriller album was released. It produced seven singles, including "Beat It," which featured guitarists Eddie Van Halen.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

Monday, November 28, 2022

November 29, 2022

November 29, 1986: Billy Vera & The Beaters were making big moves up Billboard's Hot 100, from Number 69 to 50, with "At This Moment."

Billy Vera & The Beaters released "At This Moment" in 1981. It stalled at Number 79 on the charts.

Billy Vera & The Beaters "At This Moment"

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Music History Today: November 28, 2022

November 28, 2000: David Bowie was crowned the musician's musician. Bowie beat The Beatles and alternative rockers Radiohead in a survey by the NME that asked hundreds of top rock and pop stars to name their biggest musical influence.

David Bowie Paris 1980
David Bowie Paris 1980

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Music History Today: November 27, 2022

November 27, 1998: David Gray released the album, White Ladder.

David Gray's White Ladder is an album of such depth and quality that one would be hard-pressed to ignore his talent.

David Gray album White Ladder

Friday, November 25, 2022

Music History Today: November 26, 2022

November 26 1983: Quiet Riot's Metal Health became the first heavy metal album to hit Number 1 in the US.

Quiet Riot's Metal Health sold over six million copies and rocketed the band to the top of the metal heap.

Quiet Riot Metal Health album cover

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Music History Today: November 24, 2022

November 24, 1991: Freddie Mercury of Queen died of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in Kensington, London, England, at age 45.

Freddie Mercury b/w
Freddie Mercury

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Music History Today: November 23, 2022

November 23, 1970: Cat Stevens released his fourth album, Tea For The Tillerman.
Tea For The Tillerman was Cat Stevens' breakthrough in the US and "Wild World," his first Billboard hit.

Cat Stevens Tea For The Tillerman cover art

Music History Today: November 22, 2022

November 22, 1997: INXS front-man Michael Hutchence was found dead at age 37 in his Sydney hotel suite.
Michael Hutchence was found naked, kneeling, and facing his hotel room door with his belt secured to the automatic enclosure and tied around his neck. It appeared he’d died of an apparent suicide.

Michael Hutchence

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Music History Today: November 20, 2022

November 20, 2001: Pink releases her breakthrough second album, M!ssundaztood, which includes the hits "Get The Party Started" and "Family Portrait."

Pink

Friday, November 18, 2022

Music History Today: November 19, 2022

November 19, 2013: People magazine names Adam Levine "Sexiest Man Alive," making him the first musician to earn the title in the feature's 28-year history.

November 19, 2013: People magazine cover

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Music History Today: November 17, 2022

November 17, 1992: The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack was released.

The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack LP followed Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" to the top of the charts, and once they got there, neither the single nor the album budged for weeks.

The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Music History Today: November 16, 2022

November 16,  2006: Queen's Greatest Hits is declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, with more than 5.5 million units sold. The Beatles come in second with Sgt. Pepper.

Queen's Greatest Hits

Monday, November 14, 2022

Music History Today: November 15, 2022

Nov 15, 1980: "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100.
The best example of The Vapors’ sound, and their solitary hit, came with Turning Japanese.

Turning Japanese by The Vapors
 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Music History Today: November 14, 2022

November 14, 2009: Lady Gaga torpedoed into Billboard's Hot 100, at Number 9, with "Bad Romance."

"Bad Romance" is the lead single from the expanded version of Lady Gaga's debut album, The Fame: Monster. 

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Friday, November 11, 2022