Friday, November 26, 2021

Music History Today: November 27, 2021

November 27, 1976: "Dog Eat Dog" by Ted Nugent entered the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.

Written by the Motor City Madman himself, "Dog Eat Dog" from Ted Nugent's second solo album was inspired by the 1967 Detroit riots. 

Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent

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Nugent didn't sing on many of his early tracks, and on this one, Derek St. Holmes did lead vocals. Nugent would often introduce the song, making it clear that he was the alpha dog in this outfit. 
Read more: Songfacts

November 27, 1965: The Vogues entered the US music chart with  "Five O'clock World."

"Five O'Clock World" by  the Vogues reached number 4 in the U.S. on the Hot 100. It was used in the 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam and is on the film's soundtrack. The Drew Carey Show's its opening theme song during the second season was "Five O'Clock World". The song also appeared on the soundtrack to the 2003 movie Big Fish. 
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November 27, 1965:  The Lovin’ Spoonful's "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" began its run up the US music chart.

"You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" by the Lovin' Spoonful was issued as a single in November 1965. It reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1966. It's been cited as an inspiration for the composition of the 1966 song "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. 
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November 27, 1971: Donny Osmond started his climb in the US at Number 70 with the double A side record "Hey Girl / I Knew You When."

"Hey Girl" was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and first recorded by Freddie Scott. "I Knew You When" was written by Joe South recorded by Billy Joe Royal.
Donny Osmond 16 Magazine June 1971
Donny Osmond
16 Magazine June 1971
Donny Osmond released a version of this song on November 6, 1971. It reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 15, 1972. 
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November 27, 1982: "Allentown" by Billy Joel entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

You would be hard-pressed to find a song that addressed the plight of the put-upon laborer better than “Allentown,” Joel’s Top 20 hit from 1982.

"Allentown" by Billy Joel

That was the year that Joel released The Nylon Curtain, his most ambitious album, both in terms of the sonics of the music and the subject matter of the lyrics, to that point. For “Allentown,” he reworked a set of lyrics he had previously written about Levittown, New York, becoming inspired when he heard about the struggles of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s steel industry. 

Read more: American Songwriter

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