Thursday, November 5, 2020

Music History Today: November 6, 2020

November 6, 1971: Isaac Hayes' soundtrack from Shaft hits number 1 on Billboards album chart. "Theme From 'Shaft'" was at number two on Billboards Hot 100 list.

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. A lot of the lead performances are absolutely magnetic. But a lot of the supporting performances are strictly amateur-hour. 

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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. It’s a pretty good movie. But most of us know Shaft for one thing, and that’s the Isaac Hayes theme song.  

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.”

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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. The title track is number 373 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

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.

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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."

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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. It even scored her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance (albeit losing out to Carole King's Tapestry.)
Read more: NPR

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