Friday, November 25, 2022

Music History Today: November 26, 2022

November 26 1983: Quiet Riot's Metal Health became the first heavy metal album to hit Number 1 in the US.

Quiet Riot's Metal Health sold over six million copies and rocketed the band to the top of the metal heap.

Quiet Riot Metal Health album cover

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Though most fans hadn't heard of them prior to Metal Health, Quiet Riot were, in fact, veterans of the rock scene, having released two albums in Japan that featured a young guitarist named Randy Rhoads. 
Read more: Ultimate Classic Rock

November 26, 1966: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels peaked at Number 4 in the US with a medley of "Devil With a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly."

Shorty Long originally recorded "Devil With The Blue Dress" in 1964. The song describes a particularly attractive woman who is highly accessorized and has caught the eye of the singer. Mitch Ryder's medley with "Good Golly Miss Molly" and was much faster than Long's original. 

Read more: Songfacts

November 26 1971: Yes release Fragile, their fourth album and first with keyboard player Rick Wakeman. It includes some of their most enduring songs, including "Long Distance Runaround" and "Roundabout."

Yes Fragile album cover

November 26, 1988: Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took a cassette copy of the latest Pink Floyd album Delicate Sound Of Thunder and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. 

November 26, 1991: Michael Jackson releases Dangerous, his eighth studio album.

"Gone Too Soon" from Michael Jackson's Dangerous LP was dedicated to the memory of Jackson's friend Ryan White, a teenager from Kokomo, Indiana who came to national attention after being expelled from his school for having HIV/AIDS.

Michael Jackson Dangerous album cover

Following its release on World AIDS Day of 1993, "Gone Too Soon" became a moderate chart success in several countries. The track received more exposure following the deaths of both Diana, Princess of Wales, and Jackson himself. 
Read more: Wikipedia

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