Thursday, November 5, 2020

Music History Today: November 6, 2020

November 6, 1971: Isaac Hayes' soundtrack from Shaft hits Number 1 on the Billboards album chart. 

The blaxploitation movies of the ’70s are great, but they’re not, for the most part, good. These were cheap movies, made quickly. The editing was slapdash. The dialogue was hokey. 

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 But Shaft was probably the first case of a major studio figuring out how to make an action movie for a black audience.

Read more: Stereogum

November 6, 1954: Rosemary Clooney's "This Ole House" hits Number 1.

The recorded version of “This Ole House” by Rosemary Clooney, featuring bass vocals by Thurl Ravenscroft, reached number 1 on the Billboard on chart in 1954 as the flip side to her previous number 1 song, “Hey There.”

Rosemary Clooney

Clooney’s version also topped the UK Singles Chart, although there were other UK hit versions around by Billie Anthony and Alma Cogan, both recorded in 1954. 

Read more: Talk About Pop Music

November 6, 1965: Bob Dylan peaked at number 3 on the album charts with Highway 61 Revisited. 

Taking the first, electric side of Bringing It All Back Home to its logical conclusion, Bob Dylan hired a full rock & roll band, featuring guitarist Michael Bloomfield, for Highway 61 Revisited.

Opening with the epic "Like a Rolling Stone," Highway 61 Revisited careens through nine songs that range from reflective folk-rock ("Desolation Row") and blues ("It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry") to flat-out garage rock ("Tombstone Blues," "From a Buick 6," "Highway 61 Revisited.")
Read more" Allmusic

November 6, 1967: John Fred & His Playboy Band released the single "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses.)."

When John Fred misheard the Sgt. Pepper album track of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”—he thought Paul McCartney was singing “Lucy in disguise with diamonds”—he decided to create a send-up of the Fab Four’s work.

Before long, he and fellow musician pal Andrew Bernard were filling notebooks with such pseudo-psychedelic lyrics as “Cantaloupe eyes come to me tonight” and “Lemonade pies with a brand new car” and “Cross your heart with your living bra.” (Thank you, Playtex, for that last inspiration.)  
Read more: Montana Senior News

November 6, 1971: Cher has her first #1 as a solo artist with "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves."

Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves serves as Cher's first real break from Bono's production. 

It was written to showcase and cultivate her signature contralto, and the title track became her first number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: NPR

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