Saturday, November 28, 2020

Music History Today: November 29, 2020

November 29, 1986: "You Give Love A Bad Name" gives Bon Jovi their first number 1 in the US.
Bon Jovi‘s third album Slippery When Wet had already been to No. 1 and turned platinum, but 29 November 1986 found the band sitting pretty at the top of the US singles chart for the first time. 

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‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ climbed 4-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first of their series of stadium-filling anthems became America’s favourite song of that week. The song was the product of the New Jersey five-piece’s fruitful relationship with writer Desmond Child, with whom they collaborated on a total of four tracks from Slippery When Wet. 

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November 29, 1968: The Beatles sold 1.5 million copies of The White Album in the U.K. in its first week of release. 
"After reading an interview with The Who’s Pete Townsend, Paul McCartney found himself competitively inspired to reproduce a complex amusement park-like chaos in his music. In the interview, The Who’s newest song at the time, “I Can See For Miles,”  had been described as “dirty,” “gritty,” and unlike anything of its time.  This distinguishing description led McCartney to push the boundaries just a bit further, resulting in The Beatles’ White Album song, “Helter Skelter.” 

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November 29,  1969:  Written by Laura Nyro"And When I Die" - performed by Blood, Sweat And Tears  - peaks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Peter, Paul & Mary recorded "And When I Die" first, in 1965, before Laura Nyro recorded it herself on her debut album in 1966. But it was Blood, Sweat & Tears who had the biggest hit with it.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears
They recorded it with a funkified arrangement, punctuated by their famous horn section. It came out in 1968 on their self-titled second album. 

 November 29, 1986: Billy Vera & the Beaters had a hit as "At This Moment" moved from 69 to 50.
When it was originally released as a single,"At this Moment" stalled on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #79 near the end of 1981.

Billy Vera

Five years after the original release, "At This Moment" was included on several episodes of the NBC sitcom Family Ties during the 1985-86 season as the love song associated with Alex P. Keaton (played by Michael J. Fox) and his girlfriend Ellen Reed (played by Tracy Pollan, whom Fox eventually married in real life).  Its exposure on Family Ties renewed interest in the song.

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November 29, 2001: George Harrison succumbs to lung cancer at age 58. 

George Harrison & wife, Olivia
In May 2001, George revealed he had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs. In July, he was being treated for a brain tumour. On November 29, 2001, he died at a friend's home in Los Angeles, aged 58. 

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