Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Music History Today: November 22, 2022

November 22, 1997: INXS front-man Michael Hutchence was found dead at age 37 in his Sydney hotel suite.
Michael Hutchence was found naked, kneeling, and facing his hotel room door with his belt secured to the automatic enclosure and tied around his neck. It appeared he’d died of an apparent suicide.

Michael Hutchence
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But his girl-friend at the time, Pamela Yates,  suggested that he died accidentally during an attempt at autoerotic asphyxiation: a sexual practice in which the sensation of orgasm is heightened by the restriction of oxygen. 
Read more: All That's Interesting
November 22, 1944: The Christmas musical Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland, had a special premier in St. Louis, Missouri.
The musical score for Meet Me in St. Louis was adapted by Roger Edens.


Christmas musical Meet Me in St. Louis poster

"The Trolley Song" earned its writers, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. It lost to "Swinging on a Star" from Going My Way starring Bing Crosby. 
Read more: Judy Garland News


November 22, 1963: Phil Spector released A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector.
Featuring Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" in its prime and his early stable of artists, Spector produced a record for the holidays captured the essence of the Christmas spirit. A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector can stand against any work these artists had already done. 
Read more: Allmusic

November 22 1980: ABBA scored their sixth UK Number 1 album when Super Trouper started a nine week run at the top of the charts. 
Super Trouper is like a greatest hits sampler, showcasing all the styles that made ABBA so successful.

ABBA Super Trouper album cover 

“The Winner Takes It All,” regularly voted the people’s favorite ABBA record, and a Top 10 hit in every major market, is the ballad that they never truly bettered. Drenched in pathos, it featured Agnetha’s greatest vocal performance and has been claimed as her favorite ABBA track. 
Read more: U Discover Music

November 22, 1997: David Bowie entered Billboard with "I'm Afraid of Americans."
"I'm Afraid of Americans" was David Bowie's final entry on the Hot 100 while still alive. Co-written by Brian Eno, this electronica-influenced track finds Bowie in the grips of paranoia thanks to a guy named Jonny, whose propensity for violence and insatiable lust for material possessions frightens the singer. Jonny is a satirical representation of a stereotypical American obsessed with capitalist culture. 
Read more: Songfacts


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