Sunday, November 21, 2021

Music History Today: November 22, 2021

November 22, 1975: Nazareth debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Love Hurts."

“Love Hurts” is a song written and composed by the American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant, who was a very prolific and successful songwriter for other artists throughout the 1950s and beyond.

Dan Mccafferty of Nazareth
Dan McCafferty of Nazareth
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Love Hurts was first recorded by the Everly Brothers in July 1960, and was covered by many, many artists before it truly got international fame when Nazareth – a rock band hailing from Dunfermline, Scotland – recorded their version of it in 1974. 
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November 22, 1969: Bobbie Gentry entered the Top 100 Pops songs with "Fancy." 

The year is 1969. Rick Hall, maverick record producer and owner of the FAME studio in Muscle Shoals, is working with Bobbie Gentry for the first time. 

Bobbie Gentry
Bobbie Gentry

He asks her: could she write a song for this new album – which would be released, in April 1970, as Fancy – to compare with “Ode To Billie Joe”? “I don’t know, Rick, but I’ll try,” Bobbie replies. Two weeks later, she presented “Fancy” to him. 

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November 22, 1975: "That's The Way (I Like It)" by KC & the Sunshine Band goes to Number 1 in America.

Due to its lively sound and feel, “That’s the Way (I Like It)” is often interpreted as a dance number – which in fact it is. Most of the song is dominated by its catchy hook, which is based on the title and is ambiguous enough. But once you dig into the verses you can see how the Reverend Jesse Jackson and others may have been alarmed by a track like this hitting the airwaves back in the 1970s. 
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November 22, 1980: Heart's cover of "Tell It Like It Is" entered the US music chart at Number 49, the highest of any song this week.  

"Tell It Like It Is" was originally recorded and released in 1966 by Aaron Neville. Heart's cover was a studio recording included on their Greatest Hits/Live album. It was the first of two singles released from the album, the other one a live recording but both of them cover hits. The song peaked at Number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the winter of 1981 and became their highest-charting single in the United States to that point. 
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November 22, 1986: David Lee Roth entered the US chart with a cover of "That's Life."

The most famous version of "That's Life" is by Frank Sinatra, released on his 1966 album of the same name. Sinatra recorded the song after hearing an earlier cover of it by O.C. Smith.  Former Van Halen frontman, David Lee Roth, released a version and video, in 1986, for his first solo LP Eat 'Em and Smile. It peaked at number 85 on the US Billboard chart. 
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