Friday, November 11, 2022

Music History Today: November 11, 2022

November 11, 1992: Walt Disney Pictures released the movie Aladdin. 
The song "A Whole New World" from Disney's Aladdin, performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, broke Whitney Houston's 14-week run at the top of the Hot 100 with "I Will Always Love You." 

Walt Disney Pictures  1992 Aladdin. movie poster

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It became the first song from a Disney animated film to top the chart. Its Oscar win for Best Original Song also beat out two of Houston's tracks from her movie The Bodyguard - "I Have Nothing" and "Run To You." 
Read more: Songfacts
November 11, 1967: The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "Different Drum."
Mike Nesmith wrote "Different Drum" in 1964, two years before he joined the made-for-TV group The Monkees. At the time, he was developing his skills as a folk singer - a far cry from the Hollywood-enhanced shenanigans and high-gloss pop songs for which The Monkees were known. 
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November 11, 1972: Neil Diamond entered the US music chart with "Walk on Water" from his Moods album.
"Walk on Water" came at the end of another outstanding year for Diamond.

Neil Diamond Moods album cover

He had scored big hit singles with 1969’s “Sweet Caroline” and “Holly Holy,” both of which would be certified platinum 25 years later, then his first US Number 1 with “Cracklin’ Rosie” in 1970. 
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November 11, 1982: Marvin Gaye's first release since leaving Motown Records, "Sexual Healing," became his final Number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart.
The power of Marvin Gaye’s 1982 hit “Sexual Healing” is palpable and remains one of Gaye’s most recognizable songs. Released on Gaye’s 17th and final album Midnight Love, “Sexual Healing” reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot R&B Singles chart, where it remained for 10 weeks, earning Gaye two Grammys for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Instrumental Performance. 
Read more: American Songwriter

November 11, 2004: At the UK's first music Hall of Fame ceremony, one act was chosen by TV viewers of a Channel 4 program to represent each decade since the 1950s. 
Robbie Williams represented the 1990s, Michael Jackson the 1980s, Queen the 1970s, the Rolling Stones the 1960s, and Cliff Richard the 1950s.

A Whole New World
Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

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