Music History Monday: November 26

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Music History MondayOn this day in music history: November 26, 1962 - The Beatles record "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" in Studio Two at Abbey Road in London. It will be the band's second attempt at recording "Please," having previously recorded it on September 11th (during the session for the second version of "Love Me Do") in a different and slower arrangement, influenced by Roy Orbison's "Only The Lonely." Producer George Martin is initially not fond of the song and suggests that the band's next single be the Mitch Murray-penned "How Do You Do It?" That song had been passed over in favor of "Love Me Do" and is once again up for consideration. In the interim, Lennon and McCartney will  dramatically re-arrange "Please Please Me" and play it again for Martin. Duly impressed, "Please" is issued along with "Ask Me Why" as The Beatles second single on January 11, 1963 (and February 25th in the US). "Please" will reach #2 on the UK single chart. While the song goes on to be a big hit in the UK, it will flop on its original US release. After The Beatles break in the US with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Vee Jay Records will re-release "Please Please Me" (b/w "From Me To You" on the second issue) in January 1964, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on March 14, 1964.

On this day in music history: November 26, 1971Fragile, the fourth album by Yes is released in the UK (US release will be on January 7, 1972). Produced by Yes and Eddy Offord, it is recorded at Advision Studios in London in September 1971. It will be the first album to feature new keyboardist Rick Wakeman who will replace Tony Kaye midway through pre-production. Anchored by the track "Roundabout" (#13 US Pop), it will be the band's breakthrough on a worldwide basis and is regarded as a landmark progressive rock album. The LP's cover artwork is illustrated by artist Roger Dean, who will go on to design several album covers for the band including their famous logo (first used on the follow up Close To The Edge). Fragile will peak at #7 on the UK album chart, #4 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 26, 1980 - The live concert film Rockshow is released theatrically in the US. Making its world premiere at the Ziefeld Theater in New York City,  the film featuring Paul McCartney & Wings is filmed during the "Wings Over America" tour in the Spring and Summer of 1976. It is compiled from peformances at Madison Square Garden in New York City (May 25th), the Seattle Kingdome in Seattle (June 10th), and The Forum in Los Angeles (June 22nd & 23rd). The concert is first released in abridged form in October of 1981 on the Betamax video format, then in its entirety on VHS, Laserdisc, and CED Videodisc in 1982. Currently, only a seven song excerpt from the film has been released on DVD, when McCartney includes it on the video anthology The McCartney Years in 2007.

On this day in music history: November 26, 1983Touch, the third album by Eurythmics is released. Produced by David A. Stewart, it is recorded at The Church in London in Summer 1983. Issued as the follow up to their breakthrough release Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), the album is recorded and mixed in just three weeks in a 18th century church that has been converted into a recording studio. The album will spin off three singles including "Here Comes The Rain Again" (#8 UK,#4 US Pop) and "Who's That Girl?" (#3 UK, #21 US Pop). The album will also be the first to be simultaneously released on both vinyl and on the then new Compact Disc format in the US. It will also spin off  a remix EP titled Touch Dance in the UK released in May 1984 (not issued in the US), featuring 12" remixes of four tracks along with instrumental versions of three of those songs. Touch will become the duo's first #1 album on the UK album chart, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 26, 1991Dangerous, the eighth studio album by Michael Jackson is released. Produced by Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell, and Teddy Riley, it is recorded at Ocean Way/Record One Studio 2, Larrabee North Studios in Hollywood from June 25, 1990 - October 29, 1991. Issued as the long awaited follow up to Bad,  the 14 track album is the first to be produced mainly by Jackson with Bottrell and songwriter/producer Riley of the R&B band Guy, whose New Jack Swing sound is prominent on several tracks.  It will be a huge success both internationally and in the US, spinning off a total of nine hit singles including the chart topping "Black Or White," "Remember The Time" (#3 Pop), and "Will You Be There" (#7 Pop), and will sell over 20 million copies worldwide. Jackson will also support the album with an extensive world tour, including a concert in Bucharest, Romania taped for broadcast on HBO that will break pay-per-view records on the cable network. Dangerous will debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, spending four weeks at the top and is certified 7x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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