Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Music History Today: November 19, 2020

November 19, 1973: Led Zeppelin begin recording the demos for their new album, Physical Graffiti, including a new song entitled "Driving To Kashmir;" shortened to"Kashmir."

Originally titled Driving To Kashmir, the song had begun as a lyric Plant had been inspired to write in the autumn of 1973 after a long, seemingly never-ending drive through “the waste lands,” as he put it, of southern Morocco. Nothing, in fact, to do with Kashmir, in northern India, at all. 

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As Plant explained to Cameron Crowe, it was about the road journey itself rather than a specific geographical location: “It was a single-track road which neatly cut through the desert. Two miles to the east and west were ridges of sand rock. It looked like you were driving down a channel, this dilapidated road, and there was seemingly no end to it.” Hence, Plant said, the opening lyric: ‘Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dreams.’  

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November 19, 1958: The Exciters released the single "Tell Him."

"Tell Him", originally written and composed as "Tell Her", is a 1962 song that was written and composed by Bert Berns, who, when he did so, used the pen name of Bert Russell.

The song was first recorded as "Tell Her" in 1962 by Gil Hamilton, aka Johnny Thunder, with Berns producing. "Tell Her" was also a single for Ed Townsend in 1962, before Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller produced the version by the Exciters, released as "Tell Him" in October 1962.  

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November 19, 1966: Eddie Floyd had the number 1 R&B song with the original version of "Knock On Wood."

"Knock on Wood" is a 1966 hit song written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper and originally performed by Floyd. His recording peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at number 1 on the Soul Singles chart. 
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November 19, 1973: Emerson, Lake, & Palmer release their fourth studio album, Brain Salad Surgery, featuring the live showstopper "Karn Evil 9."

Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 1973 song "Karn Evil 9" is being turned into a science-fiction movie, Deadline reports. T 

The track, the centerpiece of the trio's classic Brain Salad Surgery album, runs almost 30 minutes and takes up part of Side One and all of Side Two on the LP.  It's divided into four "impressions" and basically tells the story of a battle between humans and computers. 

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November 19, 1990: Milli Vanilli was forced to relinquish their Grammy Award for Best New Artist after it was discovered that other singers had in fact done the work on the album Girl You Know It's True.

Milli Vanilli was experiencing unheard of meteoric fame. Their debut hit “Girl You Know It’s True” was on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks, peaking at No. 2, in April 1989. Joining the inaugural Club MTV Tour alongside Paula Abdul and Tone Loc seemed to be the next logical step to catapult them into fame with live shows.

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Performing in front of a crowd of 80,000 at the theme park Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1989, the duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus started with their trademark energy and dance moves. But then their famous chorus came — and suddenly the lyrics repeated endlessly through the venue: “Girl you know it’s, girl you know it’s, girl you know it’s…” The word “true” never came. After all, it wasn’t true. In fact, very little of what Milli Vanilli was about was true at all.  

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