November 23 – Leginska, Cat Stevens, Killer Queen, Soft Cell

1935

In the Chicago City Opera, English piano prodigy Ethel Leginska(*) (Liggins) (1886-1970) becomes the first woman to conduct her own opera, ‘Gale’.

Leginska had founded her own women’s orchestras in the late 1920s. In 1939 she begins teaching piano in Los Angeles.

1970

Release of one of two amazing albums — Tea for the Tillerman — by British singer/songwriter Steven Demetre Georgiou, aka Cat Stevens.

Steven’s 13 albums, warm, wise, highly melodic, sell over 60 million copies by 1978. After nearly drowning, he converts to Islam and ends his music career.
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1974

English rock band Queen climbs to UK#2 (US#12) with first hit single, ‘Killer Queen’.
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1981

Leeds, England synthpop duo Soft Cell releases first album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. (CA#2, UK#5, US#22)

Marc Almond and David Ball top charts worldwide with the single Tainted Love.

Once I ran to you
now I’ll run from you
This tainted love you’ve given
I give you all a boy could give you.
Take my tears and that’s not nearly all — oh
tainted love — tainted love.

The Ed Cobb (of The Four Preps) northern soul song was originally recorded in 1964 by LA singer and (later) Marc Bolan girlfriend Gloria Jones. (Jones joined a band with Billy Preston when she was 14.)

Soft Cell manages ten top-40 hits and four top-20 albums before splitting in 1984. Synth Britannia:Soft Cell 

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