Sunday, November 6, 2022

Music History Today: November 7, 2022

November 7, 1987: Tiffany's cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" made her youngest act to score a US Number 1 since 1972's Ben by Michael Jackson. 

Tiffany's cover of "I Think We're Alone Now"
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November 7, 1942: American singer, songwriter, Johnny Rivers was born John Henry Ramistella in New York City.
Johnny Rivers' family moved to Baton Rouge, LA, in 1948. Rivers moved to the West Coast in the early 60's and by 1963, found himself playing at the Whiskey A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. 

Johnny Rivers
Johnny Rivers

He was the star attraction, and drawing star packed audiences made the Whiskey L.A.'s hottest night spot.  Rivers signed with the Imperial label and recorded an album Johnny Rivers Live At The Whiskey A Go Go that yielded the #2  hit "Memphis." 
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November 7, 1964: Roger Miller's novelty song, "Chug-a-Lug," peaked at Number 9 on the US music chart.

"Chug-a-Lug" is a humorous reminiscence of youthful encounters with homemade alcoholic beverages. The expression "chug-a-lug" refers to quickly downing a drink, and the lyrics describe the singer's reaction to the extra-strong liquor. 
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November 7, 1979: The Rose, starring Bette Midler, premiered in New York City.
By 1979, Bette Midler had already established herself as one of the entertainment industry’s biggest stars.

The Rose starring Bette Midler poster


Successful albums, stints on Broadway and multiple awards cemented the performer as a multitalented threat, but Midler had yet to transition to the silver screen. As she and her managerial team pondered various offers, they were presented with a script for a Janis Joplin biopic titled The Pearl. 
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November 7, 1981: Hall and Oates started a two week run at Number 1 on the US singles chart with "Private Eyes."
The promotional video featured the duo wearing stereotypical detective dress of long trench coats and trilby hats. Hall & Oates didn't like making videos, but knew it was a vital part of marketing with the emergence of MTV. When someone suggested the '50s detective look for this clip, they went with it because it was cheap and easy. 
Read more: Songfacts

I Think We're Alone Now

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