Monday, November 29, 2021

Music History Today: November 30, 2021

November 30, 1984: Madonna released the single "Material Girl."
Released by Sire on January 23rd 1985, "Material Girl" was the second single to be released from Madonna's second studio album Like A Virgin.  
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The video and lyrics suggest that the song is about a materialistic gold digger who has a strong desire for the finer things in life and who uses her sexuality to manipulate wealthy men into buying them for her. 
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November 30, 1963: Peter, Paul & Mary entered the US single's chart with "Stewball."
Skewball was the name of an 18th-century British racehorse, most famous as the subject of a broadsheet ballad and folk-song. The song had spread to America by 1829 when it was published in a songbook in Hartford. American versions were sung and adapted by slaves in the Southern United States.  
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November 30, 1974: Elton John's Greatest Hits album hits Number 1 on Billboard's Hot 200 albums chart.
Rarely has a greatest-hits collection been as effective as Elton John's first compilation of Greatest Hits. Released at the end of 1974, after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Caribou had effectively established him as a superstar,

Elton John's Greatest Hits album

Greatest Hits is exactly what it says it is -- it features every one of his Top Ten singles: "Your Song," "Rocket Man," "Honky Cat," "Crocodile Rock," "Daniel," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Bennie and the Jets," and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."  
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November 30, 1979: Pink Floyd released The Wall album.
The Wall was Roger Waters' crowning accomplishment in Pink Floyd. It documented the rise and fall of a rock star (named Pink Floyd), based on Waters' own experiences.

Pink Floyd The Wall

A mighty, sprawling affair, it features 26 songs with vocals: nearly as many as all previous Floyd albums combined. The story revolves around the fictional Pink Floyd's isolation behind a psychological wall. The wall grows as various parts of his life spin out of control, and he grows incapable of dealing with his neuroses. 
Read more: Allmusic

November 30, 1996: Duncan Sheik debuted on the US music chart with "Barely Breathing."
"Barely Breathing" is the first single from  Duncan Sheik's debut album. Released on November 12, 1996, and became a chart hit in North America in early 1997. Peaking at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100, it remained on the chart for 55 weeks. At the time, it was the fourth-longest-running single on the Hot 100. 
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