Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 30th November!
On the 30th November 1982 the most successful album until today was released: Michael Jackson’s „Thriller„. The LP spent 190 weeks on the UK chart and became the biggest selling pop album of all time. Until today „Thriller“ was sold over 50 million times worldwide. Also all seven singles outtakes charted, including the legendary hits „Beat it“ and „Billie Jean„. The pop milestone was produced by Quincy Jones with a production budget of $750,000. „Thriller“ received eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including for „Album of the Year„.
Also the video of the title song was game-changing in those days and became a classic of pop videos.
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Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th November!
Jerry Edmonton (24th October 1946 – 28th November 1993)
On the 28th November 1993, Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton died at the age of 47. He was killed in a car crash in Santa Barbara, California. Jerry’s real name was Gerald McCrohan (born on the 24th October 1946 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada). With his brother Dennis Eugene (who changed his name into Mars Bonfire), he was performing in Toronto in a band called Sparrow. Singer John Kay and keyboarder Goldy McJohn joined this group in 1965 and after some personal changes and moving to California the band was renamed in Steppenwolf.
With the third single „Born to be wild“ (1968) they recorded a real rock classic and a motorcycle hymn, which was also featured in the movie „Easy Rider“ (1969). Until the first break-up in 1972, Steppenwolf recorded more hits like „The Pusher“ and „Magic Carpet Ride„.
In 1974 the first band reunion featuring Johny Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Goldy McJohn with George Biondo (bass) and Bobby Cochran (nephew of Eddie Cochran) on lead guitar took place – this line-up consited until the next split iIn 1976. Jerry didn’t join further band reunions which happened all over the years by John Kay.
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Although his very short career spanned only over four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in Rock history. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and Jimi was appropriately described as „arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music“.
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Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 25th November!
Nicholas Rodney „Nick“ Drake (19th June 1948 – 25th November 1974)
On the 25th November 1974 the British singer and songwriter Nick Drake died in his sleep at the age of only 26 years. In his very short career he recorded the three albums „Five Leaves Left“ (1969), „Bryter Layter“ and „Pink Moon“ (both 1972). Although all of them didn’t succeed and sold very badly, these recordings became legendary milestones. Nick Drake suffered from depression and on the 25th November 1972 he died from an overdose of amitriptyline. It was never resolved if it was an accident or suicide.
The automobile concern Volkswagen featured Drake’s song „Pink Moon“ in a TV spot in 2000. After that, all recordings by Nick Drake sold more than in the previous thirty years.
Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 24th November!
Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991)
On the 24th November 1991 the Rock world lost one of the greatest and charismatic frontman of all time: Queen singer Freddie Merucry passed away at the age of only 45. Just the day before, Freddie admitted he was HIV positive. Merucry died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS.
Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 23rd November!
On the 23rd November 2008, the very long anticipated album „Chinese Democracy“ by the rest of Guns N‘ Roses (Axl Rose and Dizzy Reed plus various musicians) was released. It has been 15 long years after the last album by the Gunners. The release date was always postponed until the follow-up of „The Spaghetti Incident?“ (1993) hit finally the stores in 2008. Also a lot of money by Geffen Records was necessary, to complete the album.
„Chinese Democracy“ was not really the big seller for Guns N‘ Roses – although it received generally favorable reviews and achieved international chart success, it has sold only approximately one million copies in Europe. For comparision: The LPs „Use Your Illusion I“ and „Use Your Illusion II“ (both 1991) have been sold in Germany alone over two million copies.
Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 22nd November!
On the 22nd November 1993 the third studio album by Pearl Jam was released. „Vitalogy“ hit the stores only as a vinyl edition on this day and the album became the first LP to appear on the US chart since the CD relieved the old music format. The comapct disc edition (and also the MC release) of the new Pearl Jam album was available on the 6th December 1993. The 14 songs were recorded at different studios and finally produced by Brendan O’Brien. With 34,000 sold copies in its first week of release, „Vitalogy“ held the record until Jack White’s LP „Lazaretto“ (2014) for most vinyl sales in one week.
The „Rolling Stone“ gave „Vitalogy“ four of five stars. Writer Al Weisel described the LP as „a wildly uneven and difficult record, sometimes maddening, sometimes ridiculous, often powerful.“ In „The New York Times“ the album was praised for the diversity compared to the band’s previous records. Editor Jon Pareles judged: „Fast but brutal punk, fuzz-toned psychedelia and judicious folk-rock, all of it sounding more spontaneous than before“.
In 2011 the remasterd version of „Vitalogy“ (including the second Pearl Jam studio album „Vs.„) was released. The expanded version includes three bonus tracks and a copy of the concert „Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994“ on DVD.
Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 21st November!
On the 21st November 1991 the tenth episode (3rd season) of “The Simpsons” was aired on the Fox Network in the USA. In this episode called „Flaming Moe’s„, Homer tells barkeeper Moe Szyslak of a very special cocktail that includes cough medicine. The drink has to beflamed – so he calls his new creation „Flaming Homer“. Typically for Moe, he steals the secret recipe from Homer and renames his new invention „Flaming Moe“. The drink becomes very fast a big seller at his tavern „Moe’s“ and Homer gets very angry at Moe for his betrayal – and he is seeking for revenge.