Sunday, November 1, 2020

Music History Today: November 2, 2020

November 2, 1978: The Police release their debut album, Outlandos d'Amour. 

Outlandos d'Amour is not only the first Police album, it's the best. Suicide, abandoned loves, desperation and loneliness…hardly subjects for a pop album, yet from Stewart Copeland's punky opening beats on ''Next to You'' through to the mellow, ''Masoko Tanga'', Outlandos D'amour leaves you upbeat and wanting more.

The Police

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Like many great works of art, the band's debut LP initially flopped along with the single ‘’Roxanne’’. Impoverished, they set off across America in 1978. On their return, buoyed by favorable reviews in the states they re-released the single which soon climbed to number 12, and also taking Outlandos d'Amour into the album charts. After that, there was no looking back for the threesome.  

Read more: BBC

November 2, 1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" begins a ten week stay on the Billboard chart. 

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Stars in the late 1950s didn’t come much bigger than singer Tennessee Ernie Ford. Before he had a monster TV variety show, he’d already had numerous chart singles that gained him a certain amount of popularity. But he became an A-list celebrity after he cut the song that is still on peoples’ lips today, the Merle Travis-written “Sixteen Tons.”  
Read more: American Songwriter

November 2,  1964: The Lettermen released the single "Goin' Out of My Head"/"Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

"Goin' Out of My Head" is a song written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, initially recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials in 1964. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is a 1967 song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio recorded by Frankie Valli. The Lettermen combined "Goin' Out of My Head" with "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" in 1967. The medley rose to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.

November 2,  1968: Dion had a big solo hit as "Abraham, Martin And John" moved from 66 to 35.

On June 5, 1968, songwriter Dick Holler was in New York City working on a new album with the Royal Guardsmen when Robert Kennedy was assassinated. 

Dion
Dion

It had been just two months since the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. Holler headed home to Florida, where in just 10 minutes, he wrote a poignant song, connecting the murders to those of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. 
Read more: Sault News

November 2, 1973: Ringo Starr releases his third studio album, Ringo, in the US.

With his third solo album, Ringo, the former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, finally put his solo career in gear, showing that he had a lot more to offer than his eccentric first two solo albums, Sentimental Journey and Beaucoup Of Blues, both released in 1970. 

Ringo Starr
 

Issued three years later, on 2 November 1973 in the US, and 23 November in the UK, Ringo was a far more satisfying record, made on a big budget and featuring an amazing cast of backing musicians.

Read more: U Discover Music

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