November 10 – Brenda Lee, Moodies, Rage Against the Machine

1962

The song All Alone Am I is carried to US#1 AC for 5 weeks by the incredible voice of ‘Little Miss Dynamite’, 18-year-old Brenda Lee. All Alone

Lee will have 37 chart hits in the 60s … in pop, rock, easy listening, country, and R&B! The melody of Alone was composed by Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis,


Hadjidakis

whose reputation soared as a result of the Greek films Never on Sunday and Island of the Brave.

When his Never on Sunday won a Best Original Song Oscar, another of his songs —  titled Don’t Ask The Sky and sung in Greek by Tzeni Karezi — was sent to Lee’s management and All Alone resulted. (Greek version) Never on Sunday
( Lee site ) ▷CB bio, interview▹ ( Dynamite Gazette fansite )

1967

UK release of the single of haunting Justin Hayward masterpiece Nights in White Satin by English psych rock band The Moody Blues.

Also released is trippy concept album Days of Future Passed. It only rises to UK#19, and the 6-minute song is too long for US radio.

In 1972 (after 7-minute Hey Jude smashed the radio time limit), both are re-released in the US, and both climb to US#2. The album is eventually considered one of the great progressive rock masterpieces. Because of a bad master, this mix is never released on CD. Hayward continues to write hit after hit for the band. I Know You’re Out There A Nights SACD is released in 2006.

( Website ) ( Fansite ) Cover painting ▷Songfacts▹ Best Album Art

1992

Cover’s famous image from Vietnam war

LA rap rock band Rage Against the Machine releases it’s eponymous debut album (US#45,UK#17).
 
(It was preceded by a self-produced 12-song cassette in 1991.) Lead single Killing in the Name makes UK#25. Freedom  1996 hit single Bulls on Parade (USAlt#11,UK#8) follows international top-5 album Evil Empire(US#1,UK#4). In 1997 they begin releasing video albums.
 
A 2002 breakup leads to the creation of band Audioslave. But a 2007 reunion at Coachella and a reunion tour lasts through 2011.
 
 ( Website RATM channel  ▷RS bio▹ ▷2012 Morello to Paul Ryan▹

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