Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Music History Today: November 11, 2021

November 11, 1978: Queen's double A-Side single "Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls" entered, at Number 70,  the Billboard single's chart.

Brian May of Queen wrote "Fat Bottomed Girls" with lead singer Freddie Mercury in mind. In an interview with Mojo Magazine in October 2008,

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Brian May explained the inspiration behind the song; “I wrote it with Fred in mind, as you do especially if you’ve got a great singer who likes fat bottomed girls… or boys.” The song was released as a double A-side single in October 1978 with its counterpart “Bicycle Race.” 
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November 11, 1955: Billboard magazine's results of its annual disc jockey poll finds the most played R&B single is Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love."

In "Pledging My Love," Ace sings passionately about how he will always be there for his girl.

Johnny Ace
Johnny Ace

Other artists on the Peacock label also recorded similar sensitive Blues songs, notably by Bobby "Blue" Bland. Johnny Ace was the first to do really well. This song was released shortly after Johnny Ace died on Christmas day, 1954. He shot himself with a gun, either by accident or playing Russian Roulette, depending on who is telling the story. 
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November 11, 1967: Etta James entered the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with "Tell Mama."

As the summer of 1967 approached, things did not look auspicious for 29-year-old Etta James, who had spent recent times detoxing at the USC County Hospital and also had spells at Sybil Brand, the women’s prison in Los Angeles, for drugs offenses.

Etta James
Etta James

“Nothing was easy then,” James later recalled. “My career was building up but my life was falling apart.” Amid such turmoil, no one, not even Etta James, could have predicted that she was on the verge of recording Tell Mama, one of the finest soul albums of the 60s. 
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November 11, 1972: Yes debuts on the US music chart with "And You and I (Part 2)" 

Close to the Edge is Yes' fifth studio album -- and quite possibly, progressive rock's defining masterwork. "And You And I" is a mini-epic, utilizing Howe's most melodic and emotional 12-string work and a spine-chilling Anderson lead vocal.  
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November 11, 1989: At Number 49, Janet Jackson has the highest hit entering the charts with "Rhythm Nation."

"Rhythm Nation" is an anthem for the utopia of Jackson's ideal world.  

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson

It's the kind of world where people fight for a better life for all and create a society where there's only one race — the human race. The song encourages listeners to want more from their country, all while having a funky bass-line and a kickass dance routine that turned living rooms into dance studios. 

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