Thursday, November 17, 2022

Music History Today: November 18, 2022

November 18, 1990: The third Broadway revival of Fiddler On the Roof opened at the George Gershwin Theatre. 

Third Broadway revival of Fiddler On the Roof 1990

Like the 1971 film adaption, Chaim Topol starred as Tevye in third Broadway revival of Fiddler On the Roof. The production won the Tony Award for Best Revival. 
Read more: Playbill

November 18, 1972: Billy Paul entered the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Me and Mrs. Jones."

"Me and Mrs. Jones" is song is about marital infidelity. The couple meets at the same time and place every day. A hint about this song's subject matter is cleverly "hidden" in its intro: the saxophone is playing the first line from a 1953 Doris Day hit entitled "Secret Love." 
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November 18, 1989: Songwriter Diane Warren had Number 1 and Number 2 singles on Billboard's Hot 100. "When I See You Smile" by Bad English was spending its second week on top of the chart when "Blame It On the Rain" by Milli Vanilli moved to the second spot on the chart.

November 18, 1997: The Titanic soundtrack was released. The only track with vocals, "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, became a worldwide smash hit and won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1998.

The Titanic soundtrack

November 18, 2006: The Fray moved into the US Top 40 of Billboard, from Number 43 to 36, with "Over My Head (Cable Car)."

"Over My Head (Cable Car) is about a fight that Fray singer/pianist Isaac Slade had with his brother Caleb - who is nicknamed "Cable Car" - back when Caleb still played bass for The Fray before getting kicked out in 2002. Isaac wanted Caleb to leave the band because Caleb wasn't so great. This song is about a conflict told through Caleb's eyes. 
Read more: Songfacts

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Fiddler On the Roof

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