Thursday, November 26, 2020

Music History Today: November 27, 2020

November 27 1942: Jimi Hendrix is born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, Washington.

Born in Seattle, Jimi Hendrix grew up playing guitar, imitating blues greats like Muddy Waters as well as early rockers. He joined the army in 1959 and became a paratrooper but was honorably discharged in 1961 after an injury that exempted him from duty in Vietnam. 

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In the early 1960s, Hendrix worked as a pickup guitarist, backing musicians including Little Richard, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, and Sam Cooke. In 1964, he moved to New York and played in coffeehouses, where bassist Bryan Chandler of the British group the Animals heard him. 

Chandler arranged to manage Hendrix and brought him to London in 1966, where they created the Jimi Hendrix Experience with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. The band’s first single, “Hey Joe,” hit No. 6 on the British pop charts, and the band became an instant sensation. 

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November 27, 1961: Patsy Cline's rendition of the Willie Nelson tune "Crazy" peaks at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

While he is hailed today as one of the iconic musicians of his time, there was a time when Willie Nelson was trying to sell his songs for meal money like a fruit vendor on the streets. 

Patsy Cline

Such was the case when he arrived in Nashville, Tennessee in 1960, a broke balladeer armed with a trove of songs that would eventually become hits for other artists, including a yearning ballad for a lost lover that was originally called "Stupid," before getting re-titled as "Crazy."    

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November 27. 1968: Steppenwolf's first album, which includes their biggest hit, "Born to Be Wild," is certified Gold.

·“Heavy Metal” was born in 1839, at least that’s when the chemistry term describing a loosely connected set of metals defined as frequently being toxic to humans was first used. Over a century later the term “Heavy Metal” found its way into literature when it appeared in William S. Burroughs 1961 novel, 

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November 27, 1971: Rod Stewart and Faces' song, "(I Know) I'm Losing You," rose from number 79 to number 38.

“(I Know) I’m Losing You” is a song written by Cornelius Grant, Norman Whitfield and Edward Holland Jr.  It was a #8 hit on the Hot 100 for The Temptations in 1966, and peaked at #1 on the R&B chart in the USA. In 1970 the song was covered by Rare Earth and peaked at #7 in the Billboard Hot 100. 

 

Ron Wood, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane

Rod Stewart’s version of “(I Know) I’m Losing You” peaked at #1 in Vancouver (BC), #2 in Salt Lake City, #3 in Escondido (CA), Miami, #4 in Rochester (NY), #5 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, #6 in New Haven (CT) and St. Louis, and #9 in Olympia (WA). 

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November 27, 1982: Lionel Richie's first solo effort since leaving The Commodores,  "Truly, "reaches the top of the Billboard singles chart.

How many people leave popular groups, go solo, and immediately hit the imperial phase of their careers? It almost never happens. When Justin Timberlake left *NSYNC and went solo, he was immediately a huge deal. But Timberlake didn’t score a #1 single on his own until his second album.  So Lionel Richie is a true rarity, a conqueror right out of the gate.

Lionel Richie

By 1982, Lionel Richie had already hit #1 a couple of times with his old group the Commodores. He wrote and produced Kenny Rogers’ “Lady,” another #1. And he wrote, produced, and sang one of the biggest songs of 1981. Technically, “Endless Love,” a nine-week chart-topper, was Richie’s solo debut. It was the first time his name had been on the cover of the record, even though the song was a duet with the more-famous Diana Ross. Richie was still a Commodore when he and Diana Ross made “Endless Love.” 

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