Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Music History Today: November 26, 2020

November 26, 1939: Tina Turner is born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee.

Tina Turner began performing with musician Ike Turner in the 1950s. They became known as the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, achieving popular acclaim for their live performances and recordings like the top 5 hit "Proud Mary. 

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Tina left in the 1970s after years of domestic abuse. Following a slow start to her solo career, Turner achieved massive success with her 1984 album Private Dancer. She went on to deliver more chart-topping albums and hit singles and was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. 

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November 26, 1942: Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York City. The World War II-era romance inspires the Al Stewart hit "Year of the Cat."

In a year in which disco and punk were battling it out, Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat was an outlier in a world dominated by The Sex Pistols, Ramones, Blondie, Chic. Donna Summer, and The Bee Gees. In 1976, Al Stewart released an album entitled Year Of The Cat that would spawn the biggest hit of his career. 

The single under the same name as the album would become a top 10 hit for Al Stewart. Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat,” single would reach the number eight position on the United States Billboard singles charts in 1977. The song “Year of the Cat,” would climb into the top 10 music charts all around the world. 

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November 26, 1971: Yes released their first album with keyboardist Rick Wakeman--Fragile in the U.K.  They released the LP in the United States on January 4, 1972.

Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album, propelling them in a matter of weeks from a cult act to an international phenomenon; not coincidentally, it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed. 

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The science-fiction and fantasy elements that had driven the more successful songs on their preceding record, The Yes Album, were pushed much harder here, and not just in the music but in the packaging of the album: 

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November 26, 1977:  Rumours by Fleetwood Mac held on to number 1 on the album chart for a then-record 29 weeks; 11 more than the previous record set by the Monkees. 

"You Make Loving Fun" is a song written and sung by Christine McVie of the British-American band Fleetwood Mac. It was released as the fourth and final 45 rpm single from the band's album Rumours in 1977. It was the record's fourth top-ten hit, as the song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The song was inspired by an affair McVie had with the band's lighting director, Curry Grant. "To avoid flare-ups", she told her then-husband John McVie that the song was about her dog. 

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November 26, 1983: Quiet Riot's Metal Health hits number 1 in America, becoming the first heavy metal album to reach the top spot.

Quiet Riot took metal to the mainstream with the release of Metal Health on March 11, 1983. The record became the first heavy metal disc to capture the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, selling over six million copies and rocketing Quiet Riot to the top of the metal heap. 

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But the group's fall from grace would prove just as sudden; fueled by alcohol, drugs, ego and money, they crashed and burn in one of the most spectacular downward spirals in rock music history. Though most fans hadn't heard of them prior to Metal Health, Quiet Riot were, in fact, veterans of the rock scene, having released two albums in Japan that featured a young guitarist named Randy Rhoads. 

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