Saturday, November 13, 2021

Music History Today: November 14, 2021

November 14, 1995: The Waiting to Exhale soundtrack album was released.
Mega-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds assembled quite a cast for this critically acclaimed soundtrack (and movie).

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The phenomenal Whitney Houston leads a mostly all-star cast of artists. Houston is featured on three of the 16 selections including the "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)." .This album also includes three stellar selections by three divas: Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Chaka Khan
Read more: Allmusic
November 14, 1966: Otis Redding released "Try a Little Tenderness."
"Try a Little Tenderness" - written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Harry M. Woods - was first recorded on December 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing).

Otis Redding
Otis Redding

A popular version in an entirely new form was recorded by soul artist Otis Redding in 1966. Redding was backed on his version by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and Stax staff producer Isaac Hayes worked on the arrangement. Redding's recording features a slow, soulful opening that eventually builds into a frenetic R&B conclusion. 
Read more: Wikipedia

November 14, 1970: Todd Rundgren's group, Runt, entered the Billboard single's chart with "We Gotta Get You a Woman."
With the line, "They may be stupid, but they sure are fun," "We Gotta Get You a Woman" ran headlong into the feminist movement of the early '70s and caused quite a bit of controversy. 

Todd Rundgren's album Runt
Todd Rundgren

A female music director at a Detroit radio station spoke out against the song, and a college radio station in Connecticut came under fire for playing it. According to Rundgren, the song was widely misinterpreted, with the offending line typically taken out of context. Rundgren told Red Bull Music Academy. "I'm not referring to women, I'm talking about stupid little characteristics that people have." 
Read more: Songfacts

November 14, 1987: The Dirty Dancing soundtrack hit Number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums. In 2007, RCA Records released a 20th anniversary edition which includes Solomon Burke's hit, "Cry To Me."
Solomon Burke
Solomon Burke
The song "Cry to Me" is sung late in the scene where Baby Houseman comes to Johnny Castle's cabin. When she arrives, Johnny is alone and playing Otis Redding's song These Arms of Mine on his record player. 
Read more: Dirty Dancing Analysis

November 14, 1989: Neil Young released "Rockin' in the Free World."
Neil Young's song "Rockin' In The Free World" from the album Freedom is one of his most popular, important and prophetic songs. The song has become an iconic anthem and it's status continues to rise as more and more artists cover the song. Young's lyrics are considered to be an indictment of the politics of the 1980's.
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Chaka Khan

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