Thursday, November 19, 2020

Music History Today: November 20, 2020

November 20, 1947: Joe Walsh of the Eagles and the James Gang is born Joseph Fidler Walsh in Wichita, Kansas.

At the turn of the '70s, Joe Walsh led the James Gang through a trio of studio recordings highlighted by the ageless 'Funk #49," then embarked on a solo career also included the 1973 Top 40 hit 'Rocky Mountain Way.'  Walsh continued releasing solo projects after the Eagles' 1980 breakup. 

Joe Walsh
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Struggles with alcohol ensued, but Walsh cleaned up in time for a long-awaited Eagles reunion in the '90s -- and then jump started his solo career again with 2012's 'Analog Man,' his first solo album in two decades.  
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November 20, 1957: The Silhouettes release "Get A Job."

Get A Job is one of the most popular and enduring songs of the rock'n'roll era, still known and loved around the world more than fifty years after its release.

 

The lyrics to Get A Job address the themes of unemployment and domestic relationships, with the woman of the house nagging the man to find work, implying that he is both lazy and dishonest. But the song is also light-hearted, exuberant, and very danceable, with infectious vocal hooks, handclaps, a rocking saxophone solo and a general sense of fun.  

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November 20, 1965: "I Hear A Symphony" by Diana Ross & The Supremes goes to number 1 in America for the first of two weeks.

“I Hear A Symphony” is, very recognizably, a Supremes single. It’s got the driving beat, the genteel flourishes, the murmured baby, babys. But it’s deeper, warmer, thicker.

The Supremes

Where Diana Ross once sang about being hopelessly alone, she sings about romantic bliss, about losing herself in another person. Her vocals, always warm and precise and inviting, take on a whole new tenderness, a sense of free-floating bliss. There’s just a hint of pleading paranoia in there — “don’t let this feeling end” — but mostly she’s in dazed disbelief over how good she has it.  
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November 20, 1972: Elton John releases "Crocodile Rock" in the US. It his number 1 for three weeks on February 3, 1973.

“Crocodile Rock” was recorded along with the rest of the Don’t Shoot Me album in France, at the same studio where John’s previous release, 1972’s Honky Chateau, had also been laid down. It stood in striking contrast to the record’s other hit single, “Daniel,” a mid-tempo ballad about the love between two brothers. 

 

Garish and insidiously catchy, “Crocodile Rock” is anchored by a wailing Farfisa organ, played by John on the track. Made famous on such classic '60s cuts as “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians and “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, that distinct organ sound instantly places the song in a specific yet timeless era, back “when rock was young.” 
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November 20, 1971: Bread reached the top of the Easy Listening chart with "Baby I'm-A Want You."

Bread

It was one of Bread's highest-charting singles in both the U.S. and UK. In the U.S., it reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1971, the third of Bread's four top-five hits ("Make It with You", No. 1 in 1970; "If", No. 4 earlier in 1971; and "Everything I Own", from the same album, No. 5 in 1972).  
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