Sunday, November 29, 2020

Music History Today: November 30, 2020

November 30,  1955: Billy Idol is born William Michael Albert Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex, England.
English rocker William Broad, better known to the world as Billy Idol, was no less than the spiky-haired, bleach-blond, sneering face of the '80s. 

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After seeing some success in the late '70s in the U.K. with his punk-pop outfit Generation X, Idol came to New York determined to launch a solo career, which might have crashed and burned if not for the timely intervention of MTV. 
His look, sound, and rock 'n' roll swagger were a perfect fit for the fledgling cable channel, and the dark and striking video for "White Wedding" propelled the single up the charts and helped make his 1982 solo debut album a modest success.  
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November 30, 1963: The Beach Boys' song, "In My Room," cracks Billboard's Top 40. 
"In My Room" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher for the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1963 album Surfer Girl. It was also released as the B-side of the "Be True to Your School" single.

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The single peaked at number 23 in the U.S. (the A-side peaked at number 6, for a two-sided top-40) and was eventually inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. "In My Room" was ranked number 212 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 
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November 30, 1964: Petula Clark released the single "Downtown."
Petula Clark’s career stretched way back to the pre-rock era. As a child, she’d sung for British troops during World War II.  

Petula Clark

Later on, she’d acted in a few movies and become a pop star in France, where she scored hits by singing Serge Gainsbourg songs. She’d never even had an American record deal before “Downtown,” but an American record exec loved the song, figuring that its magic was in seeing America through a foreigner’s eyes. 
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November 30, 1977: Bing Crosby's last Christmas special airs. 
The program was recorded in September, and Crosby died that October. The show is remembered for Crosby's with David Bowie, "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth.""where they sing a modified version of  with Bowie singing the new " lyrics composed by the show's writers. 


November 30, 1979: Pink Floyd's album, The Wall, is released. 

Pink Floyd’s The Wall was the best-selling album of 1980, and consumed the band for much of the early part of the next decade. It also caused irreparable structural damage to the band that eventually led to its collapse.  
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