Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Music History Today: November 12, 2020

November 12, 1945: Neil Young is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Neil Young arrived in the U.S. in the mid-1960s and co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield. 

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He earned fame both as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSN&Y). As a solo artist, he wrote and recorded such classics as "Old Man," "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)," "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Heart of Gold"—a No. 1 hit. 

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November 12, 1966: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels jumped from Number 18 to 9 with "Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly"

"Devil with the Blue Dress" was originally released as Shorty Long's debut single on Motown in 1964, but the single failed to chart. The song describes a femme fatale in a blue dress and not an actual devil. 


Two years later, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels recorded the song as a medley with an original arrangement of Little Richard's "Good Golly, Miss Molly". Their version was notably more up-tempo than Long's more blues-influenced rendition.

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November 12, 1973: ABC Records released Jim Croce's posthumous single "Time In A Bottle."

In 1972, Croce released You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, his first major-label solo album. “Time In A Bottle” was on that album, but it wasn’t a single. It was a deep cut, buried on the second side.

Jim Croce

“Time In A Bottle” found an unexpected second life when ABC used it as the end-credits music for She Lives!, a made-for-TV movie about a girl dying of cancer. The movie aired in September of 1973.

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November 12, 1988: Kylie Minogue's version of "The Loco-Motion" hits Number 3 in the US, making the song a three times hit.

Eva Boyd was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin when King saw Boyd doing a new dance. 

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Intrigued, King asked what the dance was, and ended up writing “The Loco-Motion,” which Boyd recorded in 1962 under the stage name Little Eva.  Grand Funk Railroad covered “The Loco-Motion” for its eighth album, “Shinin’ On.” Kylie Minogue’s first single was a cover of the song. 

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November 12, 1988: U2 reached Number 1 on the Album chart with the Soundtrack to "Rattle and Hum." 

The Rattle and Hum movie was filmed in Colorado — just as the Live At Red Rocks video had been four years earlier, this time at the McNichols Sports Arena, in Denver, in November 1987.

U2 from Rattle & Hum

It captured the overwhelming ebullience of a U2 concert, from the opening cover of the Beatles’ White Album romp “Helter Skelter” to a valedictory “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” 21 songs later.  

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