Saturday, November 7, 2020

Music History Today: November 8, 2020

November 8, 1975: Elton John's Rock of the Westies became the second album in the Rock Era to debut at Number 1, following his Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.  

Rock of the Westies is not Elton John's best album of the '70s; it’s not even the best album he released in 1975. It’s not a concept album or a sprawling double disc release, like that same year's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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And maybe that’s where its charm lies. After record sleeves featuring elaborate illustrations of the John in full superhero garb and stepping away into Oz, Rock of the Westies offers only Elton, smiling, in a baseball cap. A cover like that seems to say, “Time to get back to garden-variety rock records, world. Let’s do this.” 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

November 8, 1927:  Patti Page was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Oklahoma in 1927. She began her professional singing career at KTUL, a Tulsa radio station. Since the program was sponsored by Page Milk, she adopted the moniker Patti Page, and it stuck. 

Patti Page

Patti toured the US in the late 1940s with Jimmy Joy, and notably sang with the Benny Goodman band in Chicago. In 1950 she recorded "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming", her first platinum-selling record. In 1951 her rendition of "The Tennessee Waltz" became the biggest hit of her career. 
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November 8, 1971: Led Zeppelin IV is released.

For sheer impact, immediacy, concision, endurance, influence and intrinsic Zep-ishness, Led Zeppelin IV is unbeatable. Of all their records, Zep’s fourth album, released in late 1971, remains their most admired work. 

From Page’s unimpeachable riffs, through Jones musical invention and Plant’s clarity of vocal to that titanic John Bonham drum sound, IV still emits a freshness that belies its age. Black Dog’s machismo, Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Bonham-propelled brutality, Plant’s honeyed, evocative Sandy Denny complemented vocal on The Battle Of Evermore, Stairway To Heaven’s mainstream-slaying production and dynamism and that’s just side one. 

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November 8, 1975: "Low Rider" by War was the new Number 1 on the R&B chart.

"Low Rider" was the only War 45 to reach #1 on the R&B charts. Written about the West Coast Latino subculture that lived to cruise the boulevards, this song is about as stylishly cool as the culture it describes. 

War "Why Can't We be Friends" album cover

Pieces of funk, Latin, and rock rhythms all blend together under an astoundingly simple melody, forcing the groove to stand out front and center. The funky minimalism that was pioneered by James Brown is on display here in a locked-down rhythm that instantly captivates. 

Read more: Super Seventies

November 8, 1986:  Boston had their first and only Number 1 song with "Amanda."

“Amanda” is a power-ballad and the first single from Boston’s 1986 comeback album “Third Stage.” It’s the only song by Boston that topped the US charts. The track didn’t get a music video but still became one of the most requested songs on AOR stations.  
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