Sunday, November 15, 2020

Music History Today: November 16, 2020

November 16, 1964: Jazz singer Diana Krall is born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

At the outset of her career in the 1990s, Diana Krall appeared to be a throwback to a different, classier era -- specifically, the mid-20th century, when the Great American Songbook experienced a revival in the hands of singers such as Nat King Cole. 

Diana Krall

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Krall's 1996 breakthrough, All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio, deliberately paid tribute to this period, but Krall didn't focus merely on singing the song in an old-fashioned way: as the subtitle of All for You suggested. 
Read more: Allmusic

November 16, 1964: The Animals record "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

Throughout his career, Eric Burdon’s never really let go of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” offering up different arrangements and recordings of it repeatedly in the five decades since he originally covered it when he was still in the Animals.

Eric Burdon and the Animals

The Animals’ version of the song is one of those weird cover situations, the kind where it’s one of their own best and most iconic songs, but was also enough of a hit that its prominence might sometimes outstrip that of Nina Simone’s original.  
Read more: Stereogum

November 16, 1963: The brother and sister team of Nino Tempo and April Stevens hit the top of the Billboard chart with "Deep Purple."

“Deep Purple” is one of those songs, like “Georgia On My Mind” or “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” that had been around forever before it became a #1 in the rock ‘n’ roll era. 

Nino Tempo and April Stevens

“Deep Purple” was the favorite song of both Babe Ruth and Ritchie Blackmore’s grandmother; the latter is the reason that Blackmore picked Deep Purple as the name of his great ’70s hard rock band. 

Read more: Stereogum

 

November 16, 1973: David Bowie is host of the NBC show Midnight Special. It's called 1980 Floor Show and features Bowie doing a duet of "I Got You Babe" with Marianne Faithfull.

When Bowie was approached by NBC producer Burt Sugarman who wanted to see the Starman on his show The Midnight Special, he couldn’t turn down the opportunity. According to sources at the time Bowie agreed, but only if he could have complete artistic control of the whole one-hour special, naturally, Sugarman agreed.

David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull

Bowie then set about putting together a cabaret-style show with a whole host of acts from the ’60s on a futuristic style set at the Marquee Club in London, made famous by The Rolling Stones’ Rock & Roll Circus. Bowie called it “The 1980 Floor Show” as a pun on the title of his song ‘1984’ which was played during the opening title sequence.  

Read more: Far Out Magazine

 

November 16, 1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's LP Electric Ladyland hits number 1.

“We’ve been doing new tracks that are really fantastic and we’ve just been getting into them,” Jimi Hendrix told Rolling Stone in February 1968, right after he and the Experience had played San Francisco’s Fillmore West.  

Electric Ladyland album art

“You have these songs in your mind. You want to hurry up and get back to the things you were doing in the studio, because that’s the way you gear your mind." No one knew it at the time, but the new tracks Hendrix was referring to would form the nucleus of Electric Ladyland. 

Read more: Rollimg Stone

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