Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Music History Today: November 16, 2022

November 16,  2006: Queen's Greatest Hits is declared the most popular album in Britain, with more than 5.5 million units sold. The Beatles come in second with Sgt. Pepper.

Queen's Greatest Hits
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November 16, 1967: The movie Valley of the Dolls premiered in Genoa, Italy.
The film version of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel, Valley of the Dolls, chronicles the rise and fall of three young women in show business.

Movie poster Valley of the Dolls 

Starring  Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Paul Burke, the movie was a box office success, Valley of the Dolls received largely negative reviews from critics upon release. Dionne Warwick provided the theme song. 
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November 16, 1974: Reunion peaked at Number 8 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)." 
Reunion was founded by songwriters Paul DiFranco and Norman Dolph. Of "Life Is a Rock," DiFranco told Billboard: "The machine-gun vocal delivery," , "is a result of no rehearsing whatsoever. The key was to read the lines rapidly and not to memorize them at all." 
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November 16, 1985: Stevie Nicks debuted highest this week on Billboard, at Number 66, with "Talk to Me." 
According to the liner notes in TimeSpace, Stevie Nicks said about "Talk to Me": "This was a hard song to sing.

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks

 It took a long time to finish it though. I couldn't quite get the right feeling. One night, Jim Keltner came in to do some drum overdubs and stayed as an audience, to push me a little. I had someone to sing to, and I got the vocal." 

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November 16, 1996: R.E.M. entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 53 with "Bittersweet Me."
Issued on September 9, 1996, New Adventures In Hi-Fi debuted at No.2 on the US Billboard 200 and shot straight to No.1 in the UK. In addition, the LP spawned a trio of Top 30 hits in the UK and eventually sold over five million copies worldwide. 
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