Friday, November 27, 2020

Music History Today: November 28, 2020

November 28, 1992: Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," a cover of a Dolly Parton song from 1974, goes to number 1 in America.

 Country icon Dolly Parton was behind the wheel of her car in 1992 when she heard an unmistakable a capella vibrato on the radio, though it took a moment for the tune to register. “I thought, 'That sounds familiar; If I should stay,'” she recalled years later.

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 "And it didn’t hit me. It was just one of those things where [you think], ’What is that?’ And, then all the sudden, when she started singing, ’I will always love you.’ I just about wrecked the car.” The song, of course, was Parton's number one hit, "I Will Always Love You," and the singer was none other than Whitney Houston. 
Read more: Biography

November 28, 1929: Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. is born in Detroit, Michigan. Motown's first hit was Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong.

"Berry Gordy, Jr. was the seventh of Berry Gordy, Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy’s eight children. He tried many careers—boxing, record store ownership, assembly line worker and a tour in the U. S. Army during the Korean War—until he found a niche in the world of entertainment. 

Berry Gordy

A gifted songwriter, Berry penned or co-wrote hits for Jackie Wilson, including “Reet Petite,”“Lonely Teardrops” and “To Be Loved.” Despite this success, Berry was not content to write songs: He burned with the entrepreneurial spirit. With an $800 loan in hand from the Gordy Family’s Ber-Berry Co-op, Berry set out in 1959 to apply some of the principles he learned in the auto plant to the production of records and the creation of music groups and solo artists.”

 

November 28, 1946:  Edgar Winter, leader of the Edgar Winter Group and younger brother of Johnny, was born in Beaumont, Texas.

Edgar Winter was the second son of John and Edwina Winter. Much of the credit for Edgar and Johnny's early musical awareness must go to the brothers' parents, who have been a constant source of encouragement. 

Johnny & Edgar Winter

The boys' father sang in a barbershop quartet, in their church choir, and played saxophone in a jazz group. Edgar and Johnny, who's three years older, began performing together as teens, playing local watering holes like Tom's Fish Camp before they were old enough to drink.  

Read more: Allmusic

November 28, 1963:  The Singing Nun wrapped up a four-week stay at number 1 with "Dominique."

Sister Luc Gabrielle, whose real name was Jeannine Deckers, born in 1928 in Belgium, joined a Dominican Convent at Fichermont near Waterloo, Belgium. For many years she wrote and sang songs to her own guitar accompaniment and in 1961 she approached Philips Records in Brussels. They eventually agreed to a small recording session with no real expectations, but the sound of Sister Luc Gabrielle and a chorus of four nuns impressed the record company and, soon, the world.

The Singing Nun

They released the album Sister Smile (Soeur Sourire), including the song ‘Dominique,’ sung in French, which came out as a single. It went to No. 4 in the UK and, from 7 December, it topped the American chart for a staggering four weeks, becoming the US Christmas No. 1 of 1963. In so doing, it stopped the Kingsmen’s indelible ‘Louie Louie’ from making the top spot. The Singing Nun also achieved the remarkable feat — the first in American chart history — of a simultaneous No. 1 single and No. 1 album, both of which sold over a million copies. 

Read more: U Discover Music

November 28, 1968:  Marvin Gaye had the biggest hit of his career with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" at number 1 for a third week.

"By the time “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” hit #1, the song had been sitting there for more than two years. 

Marvin Gaye

Barrett Strong was the singer behind Motown’s first hit, 1959’s “Money (That’s What I Want).” (It peaked at #23.) But he never scored another one, and when the label exploded, he was lost in the shuffle.  Strong had the idea for “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” one day when he was walking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago in 1966.
Marvin Gaye

He turned it into a song, and then he brought it to Norman Whitfield, the Motown producer who would pioneer the label’s psychedelic soul sound. Whitfield fleshed it out, and then the song started making the Motown rounds. " 
Read more: Stereogum

I Will Always Love You
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