Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Music History Today: November 5, 2020

November 5, 1959: Bryan Adams is born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations and 15 Grammy Award nominations. 
Bryan Adams

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In 2008, Adams was ranked 38th on the list of all-time top artists in the Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts. 
Read more: Wikipedia 

November 5, 1966: The New Vaudeville Band shot up from 66 to 24 with "Winchester Cathedral." 

Pop/rock musicians in the late ’60s looking to expand their sound tended to draw from the music of idealized cultures. The biggest pop hit in the vaudeville vein was a studio group convened by songwriter Geoff Stephens. 

The New Vaudeville Band

Stephens had penned a whimsical pastiche of ’20s pop, enlisting his writing partner John Carter to sing lead through his hands to imitate Rudy VallĂ©e. 
The resulting record, “Winchester Cathedral,” was credited to the non-existent New Vaudeville Band. 
Read more: Rebeat Magazine

November 5, 1974: The Eagles release "Best Of My Love."

The Eagles had split with producer Glyn Johns in the midst of recording 1974's On the Border at London's Olympic Sound because they wanted to move in a more rock-focused direction. 

The Eagles

But the Eagles couldn't shake their previous sound, or fan expectations, so easily: "The Best of My Love," a country-inflected ballad from their initial sessions with Johns, became the band's first chart-topping hit, anyway.   

Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

November 5, 1977: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers first appeared on the charts, debuting with their single "Breakdown." 

It took more than a year for mainstream music media to wade through the glut of great albums being released in the mid-1970s and arrive at the brilliant tracks from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' debut album. 
Tom Petty
Once they did, its first single, "Breakdown," was a hit. The song was Petty's first to reach the Billboard 100, but over the course of his prolific career, 16 more would make the charts.  
Read more: Newsweek


November 5, 1988: The Beach Boys had the Number 1 record in the US when "Kokomo," from the movie Cocktail, reached the top. 

There is no Kokomo. Not off the Florida Keys, anyway. “Kokomo” was the Beach Boys’ first original Top 20 single in 20 years, and their first chart-topper in 22.  
Read more: Stereogum

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