Monday, November 9, 2020

Music History Today: November 10, 2020

November 10, 1983: Billy Idol releases the LP Rebel Yell.

Years before Nirvana or Green Day supposedly broke punk rock to the mainstream, a peroxide-spiked British singer dubbed Billy Idol arguably accomplished the same feat with Rebel Yell.

Billy Idol

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Of course, die-hard punks can (and usually will) question Idol’s qualifications on multiple levels – musical, cosmetic and philosophical But to countless mainstream music buyers, not hip or nerdy enough to know their Ramones from their Sex Pistols, Billy Idol’s trademark sneer, defiant talk and convincingly British accent were punk rock enough. 

Read more:Ultimate Classic Rock

November 10, 1947: Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is born in Poole, Dorset, England.

Greg Lake spent much of his musical life as the "L" in ELP. He was the band's singer, played guitar (both acoustic and electric) and bass, and wrote lyrics for the beloved 1970s progressive rock band. 

He often acted as the quiet, contemplative counterpoint to the thunder of drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Keith Emerson. Most people came to know Greg Lake through ELP's first "hit" song "Lucky Man," with its images of white horses, white lace and feathers, and (somewhere in there) the tale of a king and a man who goes off to war to die for his country.

Read more: NPR


November 10, 1969: Sesame Street debuts on American public television. 

Many of the lessons are taught with songs, and in later seasons, musicians drop by to help out: Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Dixie Chicks, Alicia Keys  Ray Charles are among the many to appear on the show. 

Sesame Street debuts

Ray Charles was one of the coolest guys around, so it’s even more touching to see him explain his blindness to a curious Elmo. Charles and Elmo then break out into a snappy version of the show’s signature tune, “Believe in Yourself.”  
Read more: Rolling Stone

 

November 10, 1967: The Moody Blues release "Nights In White Satin."

Half a century after he wrote it, Justin Hayward still struggles to explain the enduring appeal of the Moody Blues’ most famous song, Nights In White Satin. 

Moody Blues

First released in November 1967, Nights In White Satin was a masterpiece that bridged pop and symphonic prog, with a lyric ripped directly from Hayward’s personal life – it finds him caught between ecstasy and despair, ruing the end of one love affair while embarking on another.  

Read more: Louder Sound

November 10, 1975: The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks suddenly in Lake Superior during a storm, killing all 29 men aboard and inspiring Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot to write a song about the tragedy.

The Edmund Fitzgerald sank to the bottom of Lake Superior, carrying 29 men to their deaths on November 10, 1975. It’s recalled, in part, because it’s the most recent disaster on the Great Lakes. But it’s also remembered because recording artist Gordon Lightfoot immortalized it in song.

Gordon Lightfoot

The Canadian singer and songwriter recorded "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" on his 1976 album "Summertime Dream." The single hit No. 1 in Canada and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. 

Read more: MLive


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