Saturday, November 27, 2021

Music History Today: November 28, 2021

November 28, 1970:  Gladys Knight and the Pips enter the US music chart with "If I Were Your Woman."
Gladys Knight and the Pips spent the whole of the 1960s polishing their reputation as one of the most luminous jewels in the Motown crown. 

Gladys Knight and the Pips

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As the decade turned, their relationship with the company may only have had another three years or so to run, but their soulful standards remained sky-high, as underlined by the brilliance of the ballad we remember today, their final Motown R&B No.1 “If I Were Your Woman.” 
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November 28, 1964: Sandie Shaw debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart with  "(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me."

"(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David has been remade by a great many American and European bands and solo artists over the years. It was first performed by Lou Johnson in 1964. The most well-known remakes are those of Sandie Shaw (1965), Dionne Warwick (1967), R. B. Greaves (1970), and Naked Eyes (1982). 
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November 28, 1970: Bobby Bloom's hit "Montego Bay" peaked at Number 8 in the US. 

Montego Bay was written by Bobby Bloom and Jeff Barry about the city in Jamaica. Bloom co-wrote the song Mony Mony (a hit for Tommy James and the Shondells and Billy Idol) and Sunshine, a hit for The Archies.  He was hired to write and record a Pepsi advertisement. That led to his being signed to a record label and recording his one hit, Montego Bay. 
Read more: Seventies Music

November 28, 1981: Foreigner had a Top 3 hit in the US, peaking at Number 2, with "Waiting for a Girl Like You."

Waiting for a Girl Like You" wouldn't have happened if Foreigner hadn't gone from a six-member to a four-piece band. They could take their foot off the proverbial pedal, leveraging the new space in their songs.

Lou Gramm Foreigner
Lou Gramm of Foreigner

"The part I liked was that it wasn't really that slow," former singer Lou Gramm told the Canton Repository in 2016. "It had a semi-slow beat to it and had a lot of dynamics. I think that being the first ballad that got any attention, we saw it as a big plus." 

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November 28, 1987: Expose enters the US chart at the highest position, Number 57, with "Seasons Change."

"Seasons Change" was written by Lewis Martineé for the American girl group Exposé's debut album. The song's lyrics describe relationships fading away due to the changes brought about by time. It's the group's biggest hit to date. 
Read more: Wikipedia

If I Were Your Woman
Gladys Knight and the Pips

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