Friday, November 6, 2020

Music History Today: November 7, 2020

November 7, 1987: INXS had a hot song on their hands as "Need You Tonight" moved from 71 to 54.

“Need You Tonight” has an interesting genesis. INXS’s principal music writer, Andrew Farriss, was waiting for a cab to take him to the airport so he could fly to Hong Kong for some writing sessions with lyricist Hutchence when he had a flash of inspiration and immediately started laying down tracks on his Fostex 8-track.

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Michael Hutchence
Lead singer INXS

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Michael Hutchence
Lead singer INXS
“I used a Roland 707 drum machine to program the groove for what became ‘Need You Tonight,’” he says. “What’s on the record is pretty much exactly what I put into the drum machine."
Read more: Mix Online

November 7, 1942: Rock singer Johnny Rivers is born John Henry Ramistella in New York City.

Johnny Rivers is a unique figure in the history of rock music. On the most obvious level, he was a rock star of the 1960s and a true rarity as a white American singer/guitarist who made a name for himself as a straight-ahead rock & roller during the middle of that decade.
Johnny Rivers
Just as important behind the scenes, his recordings and their success led to the launching, directly and indirectly, of at least three record labels and a dozen other careers whose influence extended into the 1970s, 1980s, and beyond.  
Read more: Allmusic

November 7, 1964: The Shangri-Las shot into the Top 10 as "Leader Of The Pack" moved from 14-5. It's number 454 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

So many of the best pop records of the late ’50s and early ’60s were really teenage melodramas — pocket operas with archetypal characters and tragic endings. And “Leader Of The Pack” takes that even further.  

Shangri-Las

It’s a tiny little radio play, complete with revving engines and breaking glass. Mary Weiss, the Shangri-Las’ lead singer, tells the whole story as a flashback, the other members of the group egging her on. 
Read more: Stereogum

 

November 7, 1972: Bette Midler's debut album, The Divine Miss M, was released.

Bette Midler was one of the last major artists who emerged from the traditions of nightclub performing.  Midler's 1972 debut album, The Divine Miss M, gave her an ideal introduction to the listening audience, a set that honored her brassy and introspective sides with equal care and skill. 

Bette Midler

While Midler was and is best known for her outgoing stage persona, numbers like "Am I Blue" and "Do You Want to Dance?" demonstrate how much emotional heat she can bring to a torch song, and her interpretations of "Delta Dawn" and "Hello in There" are powerful, moving stuff, portraying their characters with a palpable compassion and nuance. 

Read more: Allmusic

 

November 7, 1987: Sixteen year old Tiffany's cover version of Tommy James' 1967 hit, "I Think We're Alone Now,"  topped the Billboards' chart. 

Tiffany Darwish

The daughter of a pilot, Tiffany released her debut album, featuring the hit single "I Think We're Alone Now,"  in 1987 at the age of fifteen. Her follow-up records failed to have the same impact. In 2005 she independently released Dust Off And Dance, followed by a tour in 2006. 
Read more: Biography

 


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