Monday, November 15, 2021

Music History Today: November 16, 2021

November 16, 1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's LP Electric Ladyland hits number 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart.
Jimi Hendrix's third and final album with the original Experience found him taking his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit. The result was not only one of the best rock albums of the era, but also Hendrix's original musical vision at its absolute apex.

Jimi Hendrix Experience's LP Electric Ladyland

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When revisionist rock critics refer to him as the maker of a generation's mightiest dope music, this is the album they're referring to. But Electric Ladyland is so much more than just background music for chemical intake. 
Read more: Allmusic
November 16, 1957: Buddy Holly & the Crickets' "Oh, Boy!" entered the US Top 100 chart.
Buddy Holly was the toast of the charts in the last few months of 1957. His first smash with the Crickets, “That’ll Be The Day,” topped the American bestsellers in September. 

Buddy Holly & the Crickets
Buddy Holly & the Crickets

It was just coming to the end of a three-week reign in the UK when the group’s follow-up, “Oh, Boy!” hit the US countdown – when Holly was also big news in his own right with a third hit, “Peggy Sue.” All three went on to become rock‘n’roll classics.  
Read more: U Discover Music

November 16, 1963: "500 Miles Away From Home" by Bobby Bare peaked at number 10 on the charts.
"500 Miles" is a song made popular in the United States and Europe during the 1960s folk revival. The simple repetitive lyrics offer a lament by a traveler who is far from home, out of money and too ashamed to return. The most commercially successful version of the song was Bobby Bare's in 1963. His version became a Top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. 
Read more: Wikipedia

November 16, 1964: Nina Simone recorded "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" was one of five songs written by Benjamin and Marcus and presented for Nina Simone's 1964 album Broadway-Blues-Ballads. 

Nina Simone
Nina Simone

There, the song was taken at a very slow tempo and arranged around the harp and other orchestral elements including a backing choir that appears at several points. Simone sings it in her typically difficult-to-categorize style. 
Read more: Wikipedia

November 16, 1970: Stephen Stills released his self-titled album in the US. 

Crosby, Stills & Nash wowed the fans at Woodstock in 1969 soon after releasing their debut album. Adding Neil Young, they released the landmark album Déjà Vu in March 1970, then put the band aside to work on solo albums.

Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills

Neil Young issued After The Gold Rush in September 1970, and Stills followed with his self-titled debut in November. "Love The One You're With" went to #14 in the US in January 1971, getting his solo career off to a good start. 
Read more: Songfacts 


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