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) and as a solo artist, writing and recording such timeless songs as "Old Man," "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)," "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Heart of Gold"—a No. 1 hit. Nicknamed the “Godfather of Grunge” for his undeniable influence on that genre. 

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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, and a whole lot of people called in to their local ABC stations to ask where they could buy the song.

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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. 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. 

Kylie Minogue

Grand Funk Railroad covered “The Loco-Motion” for its eighth album, “Shinin’ On,” released in 1974. The song, while slower than the original, was heavier, with bluesy guitars and hand claps. Kylie Minogue’s first single was a cover of “The Loco-Motion,” released in Australia in the summer of 1987. 

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

The idea of presenting U2 on the big screen was in the great tradition established by forebears such as Elvis and The Beatles. 

U2 from Rattle & 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. 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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