Sunday, November 28, 2021

Music History Today: November 29, 2021

November 29, 2010: Adele released "Rolling in the Deep."
It’s been a decade since Adele released her 2011 masterpiece “Rolling in the Deep,” and it would be an understatement to say that it still holds up. 

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Even now, when those guitar eighth notes start playing, everyone in the room knows it’s time to start belting. The lyrics, the delivery, the passion made it an immediate classic, so much so that musicians of all genres have taken a crack at it. 
Read more: Billboard
November 29, 1969: The Beatles took over the top of the US music chart with the double-sided "Come Together / Something."
While the Beatles’ double-A-sided single “Come Together” b/w “Something” was in the midst of its run on the US charts, Billboard changed its rules. 

“Come Together” b/w “Something”

The tabulators at the magazine stopped counting the sales and airplay for those singles as separate things. Both songs were doing fine on their own before Billboard combined their numbers. The week before “Come Together”/”Something” hit #1, “Something” was at #3, and “Come Together” was at #7. 
Read more: Stereogum


November 29, 1975: "Squeeze Box" by The Who enters the Billboard Hot 100 single's chart.
One day in the 1970s, Pete Townshend went into a music shop and bought an accordion. Learning the instrument inspired him to compose a song during the period when he was writing for what became the album The Who By Numbers. The song was called “Squeeze Box,” but Pete admitted in his autobiography Who I Am that he wrote it entirely for his own amusement. 
Read more: U Discover Music

November 9, 1976: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released "American Girl."
At the very end of the self-titled 1976 debut album by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, after 27 hit-or-miss minutes of swampy rock’n’roll, comes an electric shock.

Tom Petty
Tom Petty

Two guitars make a holy chiming sound over a Bo Diddley-style beat, soon followed by Petty drawling, “Well, she was an American girl/Raised on promises.” The song was “American Girl,” and although  it didn’t crack the Billboard Hot 100 upon it's release,  through the years it became the anthem Petty had intended. 
Read more: Billboard

November 29, 1980: Steely Dan had the highest debuting song on the US music chart, at Number 65 with "Hey Nineteen." 
Steely Dan used a variety of musicians on their albums. On "Hey Nineteen," Hugh McCracken played guitar, Rick Marotta was on drums, and Victor Feldman and Steve Gadd added percussion. Walter Becker also added guitar, and Donald Fagen played the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the synthesizer.  
Read more: Songfacts

Rolling in the Deep

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