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. 

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The song, of course, was Parton's number one hit, "I Will Always Love You," and the singer was none other than Whitney Houston. 
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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 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. 


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.  

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. 

The Singing Nun
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.

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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