Friday, November 5, 2021

Music History Today: November 6, 2021

November 6, 1993: "I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff  from the movie Cool Runnings enters the Billboard hot 100 charts.
There really was a Jamaican bobsled team. And if the movie "Cool Runnings" can be trusted, the Jamaicans practiced on a bobsled with wheels, in the absence of any snow in their native land. 

Movie poster for Cool Runnings
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Then they went to the winter Olympics, where the crowds cheered their pluck, if not their speed. The problem with a story like this is that it's almost too perfect. It tends to break out of the boundaries of the typical sports movie, and undermine those easy cliches that are so reassuring to sports fans. 
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November 6, 1971: "Behind Blue Eyes" by the Who enters the US Top 100 single's chart.

When you’re a rockstar, you’re under a magnifying glass for the duration of your entire career.

Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
The Who’s Pete Townshend understood this intimately when he penned the lyrics to 1971’s ‘Behind Blue Eyes’, a song detailing the struggles of trying to reach those who don’t know what it’s like to be him, to constantly have to keep up with expectations that force him to be what he isn’t and vilify him for what he is. 
Read more: Society of Rock

November 6, 1976: "I Like Dreamin’ by Kenny Nolan enters the Billboard single's chart.

Kenny Nolan was writing hit song after hit song in the mid-70s. So he decided to cut out the middle man and have though checks go right into his pocket. In late 1976 he released his first solo LP and a big #3 hit with I Like Dreamin’, a song that was perfect for a prom, wedding, folks playing the Lotto or two young lovebirds sitting by the fire with a glass of Almaden. 
Read more: 70s Pop

November 6, 1982: Frida debuted on the Billboard chart with "I Know There's Something Going On."

When Anni-Frid Lyngstad, much more widely known as Frida, resumed her solo career in early 1982, ABBA were officially still together, although their album of the year before, The Visitors, turned out to be their final studio work.


Seven years after her previous solo offering, Frida’s name appeared on record again with the album Something‘s Going On, produced by Phil Collins, and on the chart of November 6, it gave the singer her only US solo Hot 100 single. 
Read more: U Discover Music

November 6, 2004: The highest debuting single on the US music chart, at number 68, was "Daughters" by John Mayer.

"Daughters" by John Mayer won numerous awards, including the 2005 Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 47th Grammy Awards. It has sold 1,000,000 copies in the US.

John Mayer
John Mayer

Lyrically, "Daughters" is an admonition to fathers (and to a lesser extent, mothers) to nurture their daughters in their childhood, because the relationship will affect their future relationships with men as adults. He uses his own troubled lover to illustrate his belief. 

Read more: Wikipedia

I Can See Clearly Now
Jimmy Cliff 

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