Friday, November 12, 2021

Music History Today: November 13, 2021

November 13, 1965: The Sound of Music soundtrack, featuring Julie Andrews, hits number 1 in America.
The legendary Broadway musical writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II produced their final show together, The Sound of Music, nine months before Hammerstein passed away of cancer.

The Sound of Music soundtrack
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Yet throughout all the songs of the show, there’s a great sense of hope and optimism. “My Favorite Things,” with its holiday imagery, and its reminder to remember one’s favorite things when times are hard, has been adopted and adapted by jazz artists and pop artists to this day. 
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November 13, 1961: Future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Solomon Burke enters the Billboard Pop chart with the first of his five entries, "Just Out Of My Reach."
Solomon Burke is one of the transcendent figures of Twentieth-Century  American culture. A child prodigy as a gospel singer, Burke was nicknamed “the Wonder Boy Preacher.” and by the time he was twelve, he had founded his own ministry, Solomon’s Temple, in his homet After signing with Atlantic in 1960, he became a key player in the birth of soul music, recording such hits as “Just  Out of Reach (of My Two Open Arms),” “Cry to Me,”  “If You Need Me” and “Got to Get You Off My Mind.” 
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November 13, 1965: The Vogues made it into the Top 5, peaking at number 4, with "You're the One."
Petula Clark is best known as a recording artist with a resumé that includes the American #1 hits "Downtown" and "My Love," both of which were penned by Tony Hatch. 

The Vogues
The Vogues
However the English songbird is also a fine songwriter, having composed over 100 tunes including "You're The One" for The Vogues  It was the first of eight US Top 40 hits for Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania Pop group The Vogues, who recorded the song in Pittsburgh's Gateway Studios. Its follow-up, "Five O'Clock World," is their best-known tune. 
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November 13, 1976: Styx entered the American music chart with "Mademoiselle."
"Mademoiselle" is the first single released from Styx's Crystal Ball album. The B-side, "Lonely Child", was taken from the previous album, Equinox. It peaked at #36 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 singles chart the week of December 25, 1976, becoming Styx's third top 40 hit. 
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November 13, 1982: Diana Ross made it to number 10 with the song "Muscles."
"Muscles" is a 1982 hit single written and produced by Michael Jackson, and performed by American singer Diana Ross. 
Diana Ross Muscles

The kinky song, which was rumoured to be named after Jackson's pet snake, was written for Ross and her "desire" for a muscle-bound lover.  It earned Ross a twelfth and latest Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. 
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My Favorite Things
Sound of Music

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