Nov 28: Randy Newman was born in 1943

I started recording because I was always complaining about the records that I was getting of my songs. At least if I did them and messed them up, I wouldn’t have anyone else to blame.
~Randy Newman

To me, someone who writes really good songs is Randy Newman. There’s a lot of people who write good songs. As songs. Now Randy might not go out on stage and knock you out, or knock your socks off. And he’s not going to get people thrilled in the front row. But he’s gonna write a better song than most people who can do it. You know, he’s got that down to an art. Now Randy knows music. He knows music. But it doesn’t get any better than “Louisiana” or “Cross Charleston Bay” [Sail Away]. It doesn’t get any better than that. That’s like a classically heroic anthem theme. He did it. There’s quite a few people who did it. Not that many people in Randy’s class.
~Bob Dylan (to Paul Zollo, April 1991)

Sail Away – (Live at the Old Grey Whistle):

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Nov 22: Steven Van Zandt was born in 1950 – Happy Birthday

Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin. He has also acted in television dramas such as The Sopranos (1999–2007) and Lilyhammer (2012-2014). Van Zandt also had his own solo band called “Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul” in the 1980s. In 2014, Van Zandt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.

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Nov 22: The Beatles released With The Beatles in 1963

“With The Beatles” is the second studio album by the Beatles. It was released on 22 November 1963, on Parlophone, and was recorded four months after the band’s debut “Please Please Me”. The album features eight original compositions (seven by Lennon–McCartney and “Don’t Bother Me”, George Harrison’s first recorded solo composition and his first released on a Beatles album) and six covers (mostly of Motown and R&B hits). It remained at the top of the charts for 21 weeks, displacing Please Please Me, so that the Beatles occupied the top spot for 51 consecutive weeks. In 2003, the album was ranked number 420 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Nov 22: The Beatles released “the white album” in 1968

I rank this as the third best Beatles album, and it is of course a rock masterpiece. When I converted to CDs this was my very first buy, I love it! The Beatles is the ninth official album by the Beatles, a double album. It is commonly known as the “White Album” as it has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number) on its plain white sleeve.

Yer Blues:

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Nov. 21: Happy 75th Birthday Dr. John

You wanna do some livin’ before you die. Do it down in New Orleans…
~Dr. John

When the voice and the vision on the inside is more profound, and more clear and loud than all opinions on the outside, you’ve begun to master your life.
~Dr. John

Dr. John Inducted Into R/R Hall of Fame 2011/John Legend Inducts:

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Nov 20: There’s a Riot Goin’ On by Sly and The Family Stone was released in 1971

There’s a Riot Goin’ On is the fifth studio album by American band Sly and the Family Stone, released on November 20, 1971, by Epic Records. It was recorded during 1970 and 1971 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California.

The album embraces a more sombre and funkier sound than the group’s previous so-called “psychedelic soul”, as featured on Stand! (1969). Originally intended to be issued as Africa Talks to You, the record was retitled There’s a Riot Goin’ On in response to Marvin Gaye’s landmark album What’s Going On (1971), released five months before.

Sly and The Family Stone – Family Affair (1972):

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