Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Music History Today: November 23, 2022

November 23, 1970: Cat Stevens released his fourth album, Tea For The Tillerman.
Tea For The Tillerman was Cat Stevens' breakthrough in the US and "Wild World," his first Billboard hit.

Cat Stevens Tea For The Tillerman cover art

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"Father and Son" received substantial airplay on progressive rock and album-oriented rock radio formats, establishing Stevens as a new voice worthy of attention. 
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November 23, 1968: The Steve Miller Band enters Billboard's Hot 100 with "Living In the USA."
"Living In the USA" is from Steve Miller Band's second studio album, Sailor. It was the last Steve Miller Band record to feature contributions by original members Boz Scaggs and Jim Peterman. 
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November 23, 1970: George Harrison released "My Sweet Lord" in the US.
George Harrison's first single as a solo artist, "My Sweet Lord," is about the Eastern religions he was studying. Harrison repeats part of a Hindu mantra in the lyric when he sings, "Hare Krishna... Krishna, Krishna." Typically part of a chant that acts as a call to the Lord, Harrison interposes it with a Christian call to faith, "Hallelujah." 
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November 23, 1979: Pink Floyd released "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)."
Roger Waters wrote "Another Brick In The Wall" about his views on formal education, which were framed during his time at the Cambridge-shire School for Boys. He hated his grammar school teachers, more interested in keeping the kids quiet than teaching them.


Pink Floyd "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" single

The wall refers to the emotional barrier Waters built around himself because he wasn't in touch with reality. The bricks in the wall were the events in his life which propelled him to build this proverbial wall around him, and his school teacher was another brick in the wall. 
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November 23, 1991: "Mysterious Ways" by U2 entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
"Mysterious Ways" is not about a particular woman. It is about women in general, and the way they entrance, and often dominate men. While recording this in Berlin, U2 came up with the basis for their song "One." In a rush of creativity, they put together "One" and finished "Mysterious Ways" later.  
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Father and Son
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