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This week in history for 11/7 – 11/13 in the Film+Music scene…
11/7/1975: Elton John’s Rock of the Westies started a three week run at No. 1 on the US album chart. John released Seven consecutive No. 1 US albums during his career.
11/8/1971: Led Zeppelin released their critically-acclaimed fourth album. No title was printed on the album, so it was generally referred to as Led Zeppelin IV. This album went on to become the third best-selling US album of all time.
11/9/1984: A Nightmare On Elm Street directed by Wes Craven premiered. The film’s budget was only $1.8 million, a sum it pulled in during its first week in theaters.
11/11/1955: Elvis Presley was voted by Billboard Magazine to be the ‘most promising new country & western artist’. The next year, Presley released Heartbreak Hotel, which became an instant No. 1 hit.
11/12/1977: The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. It was their only album to top the charts. Rolling stone rated it #43 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
11/13/1991: Walt Disney Pictures released Beauty and the Beast. The film was a smashing success, earning over $400 million in box office earnings throughout the world. It was the first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Alice in Chains thought it would take a miracle to get Elton John to play on the band’s tribute record to their late lead singer, Layne Staley. But it only took a listen to the song to get the rock legend on board. “He’s a really warm person,” said Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell of John. “He got up and gave us a couple of hugs, and said, `Well Jerry, I just wanted to tell you that I think it’s a beautiful song. … I really dig the sentiment of what it’s about and who it’s for and I just want to tell you that I’m going to play on the song.”‘ John plays piano on “Black Gives Way to Blue,” a short but poignant ode to Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002. The song is the title track for their upcoming CD, the grunge rock band’s first studio album in 14 years.