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November 30

November 30th: On this day

1963, The Beatles second album With The Beatles became the first million selling album by a group in the UK. The album stayed 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.
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1968, Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wichita Lineman.’ Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then “put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand” as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.
1969, The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years when they played at The Oakland Coliseum, California.
1969, David Bowie,The Graham Bond Organisation and Dusty Springfield all performed at a fund raising show in London for youth magazine ‘Rave.’
1969, The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival, West Palm Beach, Florida. Also appearing, The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.
1971, Sly And The Family Stone were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Family Affair’, their fourth and final No.1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song No.138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1982, Michael Jackson’s Thriller album was released. It spent 190 weeks on the UK album chart became the biggest selling pop album of all time, with sales over 50 million copies. Seven singles were released from the album, including ‘Beat It’, which featured guitarists Eddie Van Halen and Steve Lukather and ‘Billie Jean’.
1985, Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Your Man’, the duo’s third UK No.1, a No.3 hit in the US.
1989, The Happy Mondays and fellow Mancunians The Stone Roses both made their debut appearance on UK TV music show Top Of The Pops. The Mondays performed ‘Hellelujah’ and the Roses ‘Fools Gold.’
1991, Michael Jackson scored his fourth UK No.1 album with his eighth studio album Dangerous. The album has sold over 32 million copies worldwide making it one of the best selling albums of all time.
1991, Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus attempted suicide while staying at The Mondrain Hotel, Los Angeles by taking an overdose of sleeping pills and slashing his wrists.
1994, Tupac Shakur was shot five times during a robbery outside a New York City recording studio.
1996, Ice Cube obtained a restraining order to keep an obsessed fan away from him and his family. Cynthia Renee Collins was told to stop harassing the 26 year-old rapper, and stay at least 100 feet away from him.
1997, Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Reload’, the bands third US No.1 album.
1999, Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment at the age of 61. The American guitarist and violinist was part of the 50’s duo Don & Dewey. He also worked with Little Richard, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker and Johnny Otis.
1999, Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London’s Albert Hall performing ‘It’s A Sin’ with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled of their uniforms during the performance.
2001, The first Top Of The Pops UK Awards were held in Manchester, with categories voted by viewers of the BBC show. Winners included: Best pop act: Westlife, Best R&B Act: Destiny’s Child, Best Rock Act: U2, Best Dance Act: Fatboy Slim, Best Newcomer: Nelly Furtado, Best Single: Kylie Minogue, ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, Best Album: Travis, ‘The Invisible Band’, Artist on top of the world: Jennifer Lopez, Hall of Fame Award went to Paul McCartney.
2002, High Court probate records showed that George Harrison left his fortune of £99m in a trust to his wife Olivia and his son Dhani, depriving the taxman of £40m. His English mansion near Henley-on-Thames was said to be worth £15m.
2003, A block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. It is the block where Joey once lived with band mate Dee Dee Ramone and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones played their first gigs. In 2010, it was reported that “Joey Ramone Place,” was New York City’s most stolen sign. As of September 27, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.
2005, 50 Cent was planning to create a vibrator of his manhood, so his female fans could pretend to have sex with him. The rapper was also planning to sell a line of condoms and waterproof sex toys designed to excite his female fans. The rapper said: “I need to make a 50 Cent condom and motorised version of me, which will have to be waterproof so you can utilise it in the tub, Blue is my favourite colour so it will probably be blue’.
2005, Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs after he was stopped by police while driving his car in Ealing, west London. Police had stopped the vehicle because it was being driven “in an erratic manner” and recovered “substances” from the scene.
2006, The sale of Syd Barrett’s final belongings were sold by Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, England. The sale of the 77 items raised £119,890 ($233,786). Ten paintings alone raised over £55,000 and two bicycles over £10,000. The sale included such things as the armchair he used to sit in, his home-made bread bin, tools, notebooks and binders and books. The sale catalogue described Barrett – who quit Pink Floyd in 1968 – as a man with a “total disinterest in materialism.”
2007, During a Christies Rock & Roll auction held the Rockefeller Plaza, New York City a collection of 276 ticket stubs compiled by a rock journalist who covered many rock concerts at New York City venues sold for $2,000. The tickets included concerts by: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen.
2012, Rihanna was at No.1 on the UK album chart with her seventh studio album Unapologetic. The album produced seven singles including ‘Stay’, which became Rihanna’s twelfth No.1 song, tying her with Madonna and The Supremes for fourth most No.1 songs in the history of the chart.
2015, Sinead O’Connor was receiving medical treatment after a message about her taking an overdose was posted on her Facebook page. “I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect,” the post read. The Irish singer was found safely in Dublin by Police.
2015, Former New Order bassist Peter Hook was suing his ex-bandmates for £2.3m, ($3.5m). Hook accused Bernard Sumner and Stephen and Gillian Morris of “pillaging” the pop group’s assets after the three other band members set up a company without him to handle the band’s income in 2011.
November 30th: Born on this day
1924, Born on this day, Allan Sherman, singer, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.14 single ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’). He died on 21st November 1973 aged 49.
1929, Born on this day, Dick Clark, host of US TV’s longest running music show American Bandstand and he created and produced the annual American Music Awards show. Clark died on April 18, 2012.
1937, Born on this day, Frank Ifield, singer, (1962 UK No.1 single ‘I Remember You’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1943, Born on this day, Leo Lyons, bass, Ten Years After, (1970 No.10 UK single ‘Love Like A Man’).
1944, Born on this day, Rob Grill, Grass Roots, (1968 US No.5 single ‘Midnight Confessions’, plus 13 other US Top 40 singles). Grill died on 11th July 2011 after suffering a head injury from a fall caused by a stroke. He was 67.
1945, Born on this day, Roger Glover, bass, Deep Purple (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’), 1973 US No. 4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’).
1953, Born on this day, June Pointer, the Pointer Sisters, (1981 US No.2 single ‘Slow Hand’, 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Automatic’). Died on 11th April 2006.
1953, Born on this day, David Sancious, keyboard player and guitarist, early member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, contributed to the first three Springsteen albums.
1954, Born on this day, George McArdale, Little River Band, Australian group, (1978 US No.3 single ‘Reminiscing’ plus 12 other US Top 40 singles).
1955, Born on this day, William Broad (Billy Idol), singer, Generation X, (1979 UK No.11 single ‘King Rocker’). Solo (1987 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Mony Mony’, plus nine other UK top 40 singles).
1957, Born on this day, Richard Barbieri, Japan, (1982 UK No.5 single ‘Ghosts’).
1957, Born on this day, John Ashton, guitar, Psychedelic Furs, (1986 UK No.18 single ‘Pretty In Pink’).
1965, Paul Wheeler, Icehouse, (1983 UK No.17 single ‘Hey Little Girl’).
1968, Born on this day, Des’ree, UK singer, songwriter, (1998 UK No.8 single ‘Life’).
1973, Born on this day, John Moyer, bass, Disturbed, (2005 US No.1 album ‘Ten Thousand Fists’).
1978, Born on this day, Clay Aiken, singer, runner-up in 2003 US American Idol, (2003 US No.1 single ‘This Is The Night’).
1987, Born on this day, Dougie Poynter, bass, vocals, McFly, (2004 UK No.1 single ‘Colours In Her Hair’, 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Room On The 3rd Floor’).

November 29

November 29th: On this day

1963, ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles was released in the UK. For the first time ever in the UK advanced orders passed the million mark before it was released.
1965, Colorado Governor John A. Love declared a Rolling Stones day throughout the State as The Stones appeared at The Denver Coliseum in Colorado during a North American tour.
1969, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their twenty-sixth release in the United States.’Come Together / Something’, which became the group’s 18th US No.1. Lennon was inspired by Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California titled “Come together, join the party” against Ronald Reagan giving him the idea for the track. ‘Something’ was the first Beatles song written by George Harrison to appear as an A-side.
1976, Lancaster local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly, England. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying: ‘We don’t want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.’
1980, ABBA scored their ninth and last UK No.1 single with ‘Super Trouper’, the group’s 25th Top 40 hit in the UK. The name “Super Trouper” referred to the gigantic spotlights used in stadium concerts.
1980, John and Yoko’s Double Fantasy album was released. Though initially poorly received, the album is notable for its association with Lennon’s murder three weeks after its release, whereupon it became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.
1996, American singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis. On 17 December 1969, he married Victoria Mae Budinger on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a publicity stunt that attracted over 40 million viewers. (they had a daughter, Tulip Victoria). He performed at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival in front of a crowd of 600,000 people.
1997, Whitney Houston pulled out of a concert sponsored by the Moonies two hours before she was due on stage after finding out the event was a mass wedding for over 1,000 Moonie couple’s. The religious group said they had no intention of suing providing the singer returned the $1m fee she had received.
1997, ‘Perfect Day’ performed by various artists including Elton John, Bono, Tom Jones & David Bowie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. Originally written and recorded in 1973 by Lou Reed, this new collaboration of 29 major artists was a fund raiser for the BBC Children In Need charity.
1999, American singer and bandleader Curtis Knight died aged 54. Jimi Hendrix had been a member of his band in the 60’s. Though Hendrix wasn’t in the group very long, he was featured on over 60 songs, 26 studio and 35 live recordings some of which have been released on record.
2000, U2’s Larry Mullen came to the rescue of motorcyclist who had been involved in an accident. Larry was driving home when he saw the motorcyclist who had crashed and stopped to call for help on his phone and then waited for the ambulance to arrive.
2001, Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer aged 58. Following the breakup of The Beatles Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys. The youngest member of The Beatles, (aged 16 when he joined), his compositions include ‘Taxman’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘Something’, and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Harrison released the acclaimed triple album, All Things Must Pass, in 1970, from which came the worldwide No.1 single ‘My Sweet Lord.’
2002, Three paintings by Sir Paul McCartney were bought for just £35 each at the Secrets Postcard Sale at London’s Royal College of Art. Members of the public gambled on whether they were buying works by celebrity artists at a fraction of their value, as a picture’s creator was only made known after it has sold.
2005, Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller dropped his £100m copyright case against the X Factor’s Simon Cowell after Fuller settled the case out of court in a deal which made him a joint partner in the X Factor show. Mr Fuller had claimed Mr Cowell’s ITV talent show X Factor copied his successful Pop Idol format, in a case taken to London’s High Court. As part of the settlement, Mr Cowell agreed to appear in at least five more series of American Idol.
2007, Control, the biopic about late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis scooped five prizes at the British Independent Film Awards. The black-and-white film, which featured The Killers, David Bowie and New Order on the soundtrack, was shot for just £3m.
2007, Morrissey was set to sue UK music weekly the NME after it failed to apologise for an article focusing on his views on immigration. The magazine had criticised the 48 year old singer and former Smiths star for allegedly telling a reporter Britain had lost its identity due to high levels of immigration.
2007, Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation.
2009, Susan Boyle’s album became the best-selling debut in UK chart history when it went to No.1 on the UK chart. The 48 year-old runner-up in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, sold 410,000 copies of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. Boyle also topped the US charts, setting a first-week sales record for a female debut album with 701,000 copies sold in its first week.
November 29th: Born on this day
1917, Born on this day, country singer, songwriter Merle Travis, who invented the first solid body electric guitar. He wrote ‘Sixteen Tons’ a 1955 US No.1 for Ernie Ford. Travis died 20th October 1983.
1933, Born on this day, John Mayall, ‘father of the UK blues movement’, his Bluesbreakers Band has featured Eric Clapton Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jack Bruce, Peter Green and Jimmy McCulloch.
1939, Born on this day, Meco Monardo, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Star Wars Theme’).
1941, Born on this day, Denny Doherty, singer, songwriter, The Mamas And The Papas, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Monday Monday’). Doherty died on 19th Jan 2007 at the age of 66 after a short illness.
1944, Born on this day, Felix Cavaliere, keyboards, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).
1947, Born on this day, Ronnie Montrose, guitarist, Montrose, Edgar Winter Group, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single ‘Frankenstein). He died on 3 March 2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after taking his own life.
1951, Born on this day, Barry Goudreau, guitar, Boston, (1977 UK No.22 single ‘More Than A Feeling’, 1986 US No.1 single ‘Amanda’).
1951, Born on this day, Roger Troutman, American composer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and the founder of the band Zapp who helped spearhead the funk movement and heavily influenced west coast hip hop due to the scene’s heavy sampling of his music over the years. Troutman was found shot and critically wounded outside his northwest Dayton recording studio on 25th April 1999.
1957, Born on this day, Jennifer Batten American guitarist who has worked as a session musician and solo artist. Batten played in all three of Michael Jackson’s world tours, and from 1999 to 2001 she toured and recorded with Jeff Beck.
1959, Born on this day, Wendy Wu, Photos, (1980 UK No.56 single ‘Irene’).
1968, Born on this day, Martin Carr, guitar, The Boo Radleys, (1995 UK No.9 single ‘Wake Up Boo’).
1968, Born on this day, Jonathan Knight, American singer with boy band New Kids on the Block who went on to sell over 80 million albums worldwide before splitting in 1994.
1974, Born on this day, Apl.De.Ap, vocals, Black Eyed Peas, (2003 US & UK No.1 single ‘Where Is The Love’).
1979, Born on this day, The Game, (Jayceon Terrell Taylor), American rapper, (2005 US No.1 with his debut album, The Documentary).

November 28

November 28th: On this day
1954, Winifred Atwell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Let’s Have Another Party.’ Atwell was the first black artist to reach No.1 in the UK and the first black artist to sell a million records.
1960, Elvis Presley started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’, his third US No.1 of 1960. The single included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare.
1962, The Beatles performed two evening shows: the first at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the second at the 527 Club in Liverpool. The 527 Club show was a dance for the staff of Lewis Department Store in Liverpool, held on the top floor of the store.
1964, The Shangri-Las went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the ‘teen death song’, ‘Leader Of The Pack’. When released in the UK the song was refused airplay by the BBC, (probably due to its death theme), where it went on to chart three times: No.11 in 1965; No.3 in 1972 (by which time the BBC ban had been lifted); and once again at No.7 in 1976.
1967, The Beatles recorded their last fan club record as a group; ‘Christmas Time Is Here Again!’ The Beatles’ Christmas records were spoken and musical messages from the group that were posted out on flexi disc at Christmas time to members of their official fan-clubs in the United Kingdom and the United States.
1970, Bob Dylan’s 11th studio album New Morning was on the UK charts, his 6th UK No.1. The album featured ‘If Not For You’ which was recorded by both George Harrison (on his 1970 album All Things Must Pass), and became the title track for Olivia Newton-John’s 1971 debut album.
1970, Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit ‘I Hear You Knocking.’ Also the first release on the new MAM record label.
1974, John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Lennon performed three songs; ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’
1976, The Sex Pistols appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Nationwide’ and ITV’s ‘London Weekend Show’ in the UK.
1976, The Tom Robinson Band made their live debut at The Hope & Anchor, London. The bands biggest hit ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ peaked at No.5 in the UK in Oct 77. Robinson now also works as a radio presenter.
1987, Taken from the film ‘Dirty Dancing’, the Jennifer Warnes’ duet with Bill Medley ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, went to No.1 on the US singles chart. In the UK the song had two chart outings: in November 1987, after the film’s initial release, the song peaked at No.6; and in January 1991, after the film was shown on mainstream television, the song reached No.8.
1987, David Bowie played the second of four sold-out nights during his Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne.
1987, REM had their first entry in the Top 10 on the US singles chart with ‘The One I Love.’
1991, Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone at one point. He also changed some of the lyrics, exchanging the opening line “load up on guns, bring your friends,” for “load up on drugs, kill your friends.”
1992, Whitney Houston started a record-breaking fourteen-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Will Always Love You’, taken from the ‘Bodyguard’ soundtrack. The song was written by Dolly Parton.
1993, Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton was killed in a car crash not far from his Santa Barbara, California home, he was 47. Steppenwolf had the 1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’.
1999, Cliff Richard started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Millennium Prayer’, despite the record being boycotted by most radio stations. It became Cliff’s 14th UK No.1.
2000, David Bowie was crowned the musician’s musician. Bowie beat The Beatles and alternative rockers Radiohead in a survey by the NME that asked hundreds of top rock and pop stars to name their biggest musical influence.
2000, Madonna played her first British show for more than seven years at London’s Brixton Academy. Tickets changed hands for more than £1,000. QXL.com the internet auctioneers sold one pair for £2,204.
2002, Tony McCarroll the original drummer with Oasis failed in a bid to sue the group’s lawyers after he was sacked because he took too long to file his claim. Judge Justice Gray, at the High Court in London, told McCarroll his case could not proceed because he had brought his claim outside of the six-year time limit.
2002, Britney Spears ended her partnership in the restaurant at the Dylan Hotel, New York after it was plagued by lousy reviews and slow business. Management had recently changed the menu to American food with an Italian flair.
2004, Metallica played the last show on their 137-date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. It became the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
2006, US actress Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from rapper Kid Rock after just four months of marriage. In a statement on her website the 39-year-old confirmed she had split from Rock.
2007, Kanye West and stuntman Evel Knievel settled a copyright dispute over West’s use of the name “Evel Kanyevel” in a music video. The 69-year-old daredevil had claimed his image was tarnished by the video’s “vulgar, sexual nature.” The clip for Touch The Sky, showed the rap star cavorting with Pamela Anderson and trying to jump a rocket-powered motorcycle over a canyon.
2013, It was reported that George Harrison’s sister was living in a pre-fabricated home and “struggling for money” since her allowance from The Beatles star’s estate was cut off about a year after he died. 82-year-old Louise Harrison admitted that she had no access to her brother’s multi-million dollar fortune and was cash-poor living in rural Missouri. She never challenged her brother’s estate, adding “I don’t care about the money, it’s been over ten years and I haven’t made any ripples.”
2016, New Zealand born Ray Columbus, singer and songwriter, television host, music manager and entertainer died aged 74. He was the lead singer of Ray Columbus & the Invaders, who scored the 1964 hit was ‘She’s A Mod’, a No.1 hit in Australia, the first song from a New Zealand group to reach the top of the charts in another country. During the 60’s, Columbus toured with The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison and The Newbeats.
November 28th: Born on this day
1929, Born on this day, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. In 1957 Jackie Wilson recorded ‘Reet Petite’, a song Gordy had co-written with his sister Gwen and writer-producer Billy Davis. Wilson recorded six more songs co-written by Gordy over the next two years, including ‘Lonely Teardrops’. Gordy reinvested the profits from his songwriting success into producing. In 1957, he discovered the Miracles (originally known as the Matadors) and began building a portfolio of successful artists. Over the next decade, he signed such artists as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5.
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1939, Born on this day, Gary Troxel, The Fleetwoods, (1959 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Come Softly To Me’).
1940, Born on this day, Bruce Channel, US singer, (1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Hey! Baby’).
1943, Born on this day, Randy Newman, singer, songwriter, Composer of ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’, ‘Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear’, 1977 US No.2 single ‘Short People.’ Film soundtracks including ‘Ragtime.’ Once hailed as the greatest songwriter alive by Paul McCartney. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer, his film scores include Ragtime, Toy Story; A Bug’s Life; Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; Cars; Toy Story 3; and Monsters University.
1948, Born on this day, Beeb Birtles, Little River Band, Australian group, (1978 US No.3 single ‘Reminiscing’ plus 12 other US Top 40 singles).
1949, Born on this day, Hugh McKenna, keyboards, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, (1975 UK No.7 single ‘Delilah, 1975 album ‘Next’).
1954, Born on this day, David Jaynes, Modern Romance, (1982 UK No.4 single ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’).
1958, Born on this day, David Van Day, vocals, Dollar, (1981 UK No.4 single ‘Mirror Mirror’).
1962, Born on this day, Matt Cameron, drummer with Soundgarden, who joined Pearl Jam in 1998. At the age of thirteen, he and some friends played in a cover band called KISS, however, after a letter from the management of the rather better-known band Kiss, threatening the boys with legal action, they called it a day.
1968, Born on this day, Dawn Robinson, En Vogue, (1992 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘My Lovin’).
1970, Born on this day, Matt Cheslin, bass player, Neds Atomic Dustbin, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Happy’).
1979, Born on this day, Chamillionaire, (born Hakeem Seriki), US rapper, (2006 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Ridin’).
1983, Born on this day, American songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend. 2010 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Contra’ and the 2013 US No.1 album ‘Modern Vampires of the City’.
1984, Born on this day, Trey Songz, American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and rapper. He had the US No.1 album Trigga in 2014.

November 27

November 27th: On this day
1961, Neil Christian and the Crusaders, featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar, played a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison in London, England. The inmates were all dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wore homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches.
1962, The Beatles recorded their first BBC radio session at the BBC Paris studio on Regent Street in London. They played ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘P.S. I Love You’, the tracks were aired on the BBC Light Program ‘Talent Spot.’
1964, Mick Jagger was fined £16 for driving offences by a court in Tettenhall, Staffs. His solicitor told the court: “The Duke of Marlborough had longer hair than my client and he won some famous battles. His hair was powdered, I think because of fleas. My client has no fleas.”
1967, The 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner travelled to Belfast to appear for two shows at the Whitla Hall, Queens College. It was Jimi’s 25th birthday and before the shows the guitarist was given a birthday cake by the promoters This was to be the only concert that The Jimi Hendrix Experience ever played in Ireland.
1969, During a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The group played to 55,000 fans over the four nights grossing over $100,000.
1970, George Harrison released All Things Must Pass. The triple album included a number of songs that were left over from Beatle sessions, the set would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.
1970, Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, tickets cost $5.00.
1976, ’20 Golden Greats’ by Glen Campbell started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums and has sold over 45 million records.
1981, The British Phonographic industry placed advertisements in the press claiming that ‘home taping was wiping out music’. The Boomtown Rats, 10cc, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed the campaign.
1982, Lionel Richie was No.1 in the US with ‘Truly’. Richie achieved a No.1 each year from 78-86 as a writer, ‘Three Times A Lady’, ‘Still’, ‘Lady (Kenny Rodgers), ‘Endless Love’, (Diana Ross), ‘All Night Long’, ‘Hello’ ‘Say ‘You Say Me and as co-writer of ‘We Are The World’.
1986, Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, it peaked at No.14 in the UK. Released as the first single from the album Slippery When Wet, in 2009 it was named the 20th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1991, Freddie Mercury’s funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest, for 35 of his close friends and family, with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery, West London, England.
1996, Former Stones Roses guitarist John Squires new band The Seahorses made their live debut, when they played at The Buckley Tivoli, England in front of 200 fans.
1997, A disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of INXS singer Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.
2003, Figures released by The Rolling Stones showed that the band had grossed £175m from their 2002 ’40 Licks World Tour.’ The report also showed they had made over $1billion from 1989-2002 from royalties, album sales and tour revenue.
2005, Multimillionaire defence contractor David H. Brooks booked New York’s Rainbow Rooms and his daughter Elizabeth’s favourite acts for her ‘bat mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration. The stars who appeared included 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks. 50 Cent who was paid $500,000 to appear performed only four songs but he did manage to work in the lyric, “Go shorty, it’s your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it’s your bat mitzvah”. The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from the venue.
2005, Tony Meehan drummer with The Shadows died aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall at his London flat in Maida Vale. Had the 1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’ plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Left The Shadows in 1961 to work as a session drummer with Joe Meek. Also had the UK No.1 hit ‘Diamonds’ with Jet Harris.
2006, Sir Cliff Richard lost a battle to extend the number of years that musicians could receive royalties for their records. Richard wanted copyright to last 95 years, rather than the present 50 years, but an independent review recommend the terms would not change. Sir Cliff’s earliest big hit ‘Move It’, recorded in 1958 would start to come out of copyright in 2008.
2014, Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fifth studio album 1989. The total US sales figure from the debut week of 1989 was the highest of any album since 2002 and 1989 became the best-selling album of 2014 in the US. The album has now sold over 9 million copies worldwide.
November 27th: Born on this day
1935, Born on this day, Al Jackson, drummer, Booker T and the MG’s. (1962 US No.3 single ‘Green Onions’, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’. Shot dead by burglars at his home 1st October 1975.
1941, Born on this day, Eddie Rabbitt, singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.53 singles ‘I Love A Rainy Night’. Elvis, Dr Hook and Tom Jones all recorded his songs. He died of cancer on 7th May 1998.
1942, Born on this day, Jimi Hendrix guitarist, singer, songwriter who had the 1967 UK No.6 single ‘Hey Joe’, the 1970 UK No.1 single ‘Voodoo Chile’, and the 1968 US No.1 and UK No.6 album ‘Electric Ladyland’. Hendrix who is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history made appearances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival. Hendrix died on 18th September 1970 after choking on his own vomit.
1944, Born on this day, Dave Winthrop, sax, Supertramp, (1979 US No.6 & UK No.7 single ‘The Logical Song’ 1974 album ‘Crime Of The Century’).
1944, Born on this day, Trevor Davis, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘Legend Of Xanadu’). Davis died in hospital on 13th January 2015 following a short illness.
1945, Born on this day, Randy Brecker, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
1959, Born on this day, Charlie Burchill, guitar, Simple Minds, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You, Forget About Me’, 1989 UK No.1 single ‘Belfast Child’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1960, Born on this day, Ashley Ingram, Imagination, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Just An Illusion’).
1962, Born on this day, Charlie Benante, Anthrax, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Got The Time’).
1962, Born on this day, Mike Bordin, drummer, Faith No More, (1993 UK No.3 and US No.4 single ‘I’m Easy’).
1965, Born on this day, Fiachna O’Braonain, Hothouse Flowers, (1988 UK No.11 single ‘Don’t Go’).
1965, Born on this day, Wallis Buchannan, Jamiroquai, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘Virtual Insanity’).
1971, Born on this day, Terry Corso, guitarist, Alien Ant Farm, (2001 Australian No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Smooth Criminal’).
1973, Born on this day, Twista, (a.k.a Tung Twista, born Carl Terrell Mitchell), US rapper known for being the fastest in the world at rap delivery at one time. (2004 US No.1 album ‘Kamikaze’ 2004, US No.1 single ‘Slow Jamz’).
1978, Born on this day, Mike Skinner, singer, songwriter, aka The Streets, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’).

November 26

November 26th: On this day
1958, Johnny Cash made his debut on the US country chart when ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to number 14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting number 1.
1962, The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London. When released in the US on the Vee-Jay label, the first pressings featured a typographical error: The band’s name was spelled “The Beattles”.
1967, The promotional film of The Beatles ‘Hello, Goodbye’ was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician’s union ban on miming.
1967, This was the 10th date on a 16-date UK package tour that Pink Floyd played alongside The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner. Tonight’s date was at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and as with all of the dates, there were two shows per night.
1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream’s Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker’s drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing.
1973, John Rostill former bassist with The Shadows died after being electrocuted at his home recording studio. A local newspaper ran the headline, ‘Pop musician dies, guitar apparent cause’. After the break up of The Shadows Rostill worked with Tom Jones and wrote songs covered by Elvis Presley and Olivia Newton-John.
1973, The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba’s Rainbow Room, London. The American band who formed in New York in 1971 influenced the look of many new wave and 1980s-era glam metal groups.
1976, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc to work as a duo and concentrate on other projects including developing ‘The Gizmo’, a device used to make neo- orchestral sounds on a guitar.
1976, The Sex Pistols released the single ‘Anarchy In The UK’. Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI, and reached No.38 on the UK Singles Chart before EMI dropped the group on 6 January 1977.
1988, Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took into space a cassette copy (minus the cassette box for weight reasons) of the latest Pink Floyd album Delicate Sound Of Thunder and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft.
1990, The inaugural Billboard Music Awards were held in Santa Monica, California. Janet Jackson was the main winner of the night, winning in eight categories, including Top Pop Album, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Artist.
1991, US Country singer Garth Brooks asked fans to bring 10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show. Over 10,000 cans were donated to charity.
1994, Boyz II Men started their 14th and final week at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ giving them the longest run in chart history along with ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston.
1994, The Eagles started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hell Freezes Over.’ The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band’s breakup in 1980; he commented that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over.”
2000, Manchester club the Hacienda was auctioned off raising £18,000 for charity. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live from the venue. Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, New Order, Stone Roses, The Smiths and James all played at the club.
2000, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Beatles 1.’ The album features virtually every number-one single released from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band’s break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD. The world’s best-selling album of the 21st century, 1 has sold over 31 million copies.
2003, Rapper Soulja Slim was shot to death in front of his home in New Orleans aged 25. The rapper was featured on Juvenile’s 2004 US No.1 single ‘Slow Motion.’
2008, The parents of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead, after he disappeared nearly 14 years ago. Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believed to be Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, where he was thought to have taken his own life at the age of 27.
2010, Willie Nelson was arrested for possession of six ounces of marijuana found in his tour bus while travelling from Los Angeles to Texas. He was released after paying bail of $2,500. Prosecutor Kit Bramblett supported not sentencing Nelson to jail due to the amount of marijuana being small, but suggested instead a $100 fine and told Nelson that he would have him sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” for the court.
2015, American country and bluegrass artists Chris Stapleton was at No.1 on the US album chart with Traveller. The album was later named Album of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards.
2016, Punk memorabilia said to be worth £5m ($6m) was set on fire in the middle of the River Thames in London, England. Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single. The 48-year-old told the crowd that “punk was never meant to be nostalgic”.
November 26th: Born on this day
1925, Born on this day, Michael Holliday, singer, 1958 UK No.1 ‘The Story Of My Life’. The song gave the writers Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit. Holliday died on 29th Oct 1963
1939, Born on this day, Tina Turner, (Annie Mae Bullock), Ike & Tina Turner, (1966 UK No.3 single ‘River Deep Mountain High’, 1971 US No.4 single ‘Proud Mary’), solo, (1984 UK No.3 and US No.1 single ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles).
1944, Born on this day, Jean Terrell, vocals, The Supremes joined in 1969. (1970 US No.10 & UK No.6 single ‘Up The Ladder To The Roof’).
1944, Born on this day, Alan Henderson, Them, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.24 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).
1945, Born on this day, John McVie, Fleetwood Mac, 1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’, and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’, from worldwide No.1 album Rumours.
1946, Born on this day, Burt Reiter, bass, Focus, (1973 UK No.4 single ‘Sylvia’, 1973 US No.9 single ‘Hocus Pocus’).
1948, Born on this day, John Rossall, The Glitter Band, (1974 UK No.4 single ‘Angel Face’).
1949, Born on this day, Martin Lee, Brotherhood Of Man, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’).
1964, Born on this day, Adam Gaynor, guitar, Matchbox 20, (1998 UK No.38 single ‘Push’, 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent’).
1966, Mark Gillespie, Big Fun, (1989 UK No.4 single ‘Blame It On The Boogie’).
1967, Born on this day, John Stirratt, bass, songwriter, Wilco, (2004 album ‘A Ghost Is Born’).
1970, Born on this day, Ron Jones, guitar, Flaming Lips, (2002 UK No. 32 single ‘Do You Realize’).
1981, Born on this day, Natash Bedingfield, singer, (2004 UK No.1 single ‘These Words’).
1984, Born on this day, Benjamin Wysocki, drummer, The Fray. 2009 US No.1 self titled album.
1990, Born on this day, British singer-songwriter and actress, Rita Ora. Her debut studio album Ora (2012) debuted at No.1 in the UK, and spawned the No.1 singles ‘R.I.P.’ and ‘How We Do (Party)’.

November 25

November 25th: On this day
1958, Lord Rockinghams XI were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hoot’s Mon’, (based on the traditional Scottish folk song ‘One Hundred Pipers’). Lord Rockingham’s XI were the house band on the UK Jack Good TV show ‘Oh Boy.’
1961, The Everly Brothers started active service for the 8th Battalion Marine Corps Reserves, working as artillerymen.
1965, Harrods department store in London, England, closed to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping in private.
1965, The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Carnival Is Over’, the group’s second No.1. Originally a Russian folk song from 1883 with lyrics written by Tom Springfield (the brother of Dusty Springfield). At its peak, the song was selling 93,000 copies per day and is No.30 of the biggest selling singles of all time in the United Kingdom.
1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their UK live debut at the Bag O’Nails Club, London, where they played using the clubs DJ booth. Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, The Hollies, and the Small Faces would all hang out at the club.
1968, The Beatles (known as The White Album), was released in the US. Notable for the eclectic nature of its songs, the album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and was listed at No.10 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. The album features: ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Blackbird’ ‘Back In The USSR’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. The album spent 101 weeks on the US chart peaking at No.1.
1969, John Lennon returned his MBE to The Queen on the grounds of the UK’s involvement in the Nigeria Biafra war, America in Vietnam, and against his latest single ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.
1972, Chuck Berry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Ding a-Ling’, his only UK No.1. The song was originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952. Berry’s version was from a concert recorded at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, England, on 3 February 1972. Boston radio station WMEX disc jockey Jim Connors was credited with a gold record for discovering the song and pushing it to No.1 over the airwaves and amongst his peers in the United States.
1974, UK singer, songwriter Nick Drake died in his sleep aged 26 of an overdose of tryptasol an anti-depressant drug. Drake signed to Island Records when he was twenty years old, recorded the classic 1972 album Pink Moon. In 2000, Volkswagen featured the title track from Pink Moon in a television advertisement, and within a month Drake had sold more records than he had in the previous thirty years.
1976, The Band made their final performance; ‘The Last Waltz’ held on American Thanksgiving Day, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The show also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and others. The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978.
1984, The cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic Do They Know It’s Christmas? The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. It went on to sell over three million copies in the UK, becoming the bestselling record ever, and raised over £8 million ($13.6 million) worldwide.
1992, The Bodyguard, opened nation-wide featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The film which was Houston’s acting debut was written by Lawrence Kasdan in the 1970s, originally as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. It became the second-highest-grossing film worldwide in 1992 with the soundtrack becoming the best-selling soundtrack of all time, selling more than 42 million copies worldwide.
1995, Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Exhale (Shoop Shoop)’, written by Babyface and taken from the film ‘Waiting To Exhale’, it gave Whitney her 11th US No.1.
1996, A statue in Montreux, Switzerland by sculptor Irena Sedlecka was erected as a tribute to Freddie Mercury. Standing almost 10 feet (3 metres) high overlooking Lake Geneva it was unveiled by Freddie’s father and Montserrat Caballé, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance.
2000, A burglar broke into Alice Cooper’s home and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras belonging to the singers daughter. The good’s were all lifted from Cooper’s house in Paradise Valley, along with four of the star’s gold discs.
2001, Robbie Williams started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Swing When You’re Winning’. The album spent 57 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, certified 7x Platinum, and became the 49th best-selling album of all-time in the UK.
2003, Michael Jackson launched a website to defend himself following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. The singer posted a message saying the charges were based on ‘a big lie’ and he wanted to end ‘this horrible time’ by proving they were false in court.
2003, Glen Campbell was arrested in Phoenix Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. He was charged with ‘extreme’ drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer. A police officer reported that while in custody, Campbell hummed his hit ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ repeatedly.
2003, Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. The 52-year-old singer had collapsed on November 17th as he performed at London’s Wembley Arena.
2005, Madonna achieved her sixth number one on the US album charts with ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor’ her third consecutive US album chart topper. The album went to No.1 in 40 countries setting a new record. The Beatles previously held this record when The Beatles 1 went to No.1 in 36 countries in 2000.
2007, Kevin Dubrow, the frontman with metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52. Their 1983 release Metal Health was the first metal album to top the US charts. The band’s biggest hit was ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’, a cover of the Slade song which they are said to have grudgingly recorded in just one take.
2008, The legal dispute over a music contract between Michael Jackson and an Arab sheik, ended with an “amicable settlement.” Jackson had been due to fly in to the UK to give evidence at the High Court before an agreement in principle was reached. The King of Bahrain’s son, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, was suing Jackson for £4.7m, claiming he reneged on a music contract.
2009, Brian May joined Freddie Mercury’s 87-year-old mother Jer Bulsara in Feltham town centre, at a ceremony to unveil a plaque to the late singers memory. They were joined by over 2,000 fans from as far as Japan and Australia who descended on the Centre, in Feltham High Street in England. The plague reads: “Freddie Mercury – musician, singer and songwriter” along with the dates he lived in Feltham, between 1964 and 1968.
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2010, A restaurant fell victim to a prankster who had them make 178 pizzas by claiming they were for singer Bob Dylan and his crew. An imposter wearing a fake pass for a Dylan concert called in an Antonio’s restaurant and placed the huge order worth more than $3,900. He told the owner the pizzas were for Dylan and his crew who had appeared in concert in Amherst, Massachusetts. Staff at Antonios worked until 5.30am to make the pizzas – but were left stunned when no one returned to collect the order.
2011, Don DeVito, a longtime Columbia Records executive who produced the key Bob Dylan albums Blood on the Tracks and Desire died aged 72 after a 16-year battle with prostate cancer. DeVito had also worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith. DeVito started off as a guitarist touring for Al Kooper, and had his own band, The Sabres, which later broke up mid-tour. According to Columbia, DeVito was stranded in Fort Smith, Ark., when he happened to meet Johnny Cash and developed what would become a lifelong friendship; Cash would later introduce DeVito to Dylan.
November 25th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Percy Sledge, soul singer, (1966 UK No.4 and US No.1 single ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’). He died on April 14th 2015.
1944, Born on this day, Bob Lind, singer, (1966 US & UK No.5 single ‘Elusive Butterfly’).
1950, Born on this day, Jocelyn Brown, singer, (1997 UK No.5 single ‘Something Goin’ On’, worked with John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen).
1959, Born on this day, Born on this day, Steve Rothery, guitar, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’).
1960, Born on this day, Amy Grant, singer, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Baby Baby’).
1964, Born on this day, Mark Lanegan American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Lanegan was a co-founder of Screaming Trees and was also a member of Queens of the Stone Age and is featured on five of the band’s albums
1966, Born on this day, Stacey Lattishaw, (1980 US No.21 single ‘Let Me Be Your Angel’, 1980 UK No.3 single ‘Jump to The Beat’).
1967, Born on this day, Rodney Sheppard, guitar, Sugar Ray, (1999 UK No. 10 single ‘Every Morning’).
1968, Born on this day, Tunde, singer, Lighthouse Family, (1996 UK No.4 single ‘Lifted’ plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles). Now solo.

November 24

November 24th: On this day
1959, US singer Johnnie Ray was released on bail after spending the night in jail charged with accosting and soliciting after soliciting an undercover police officer in a bar in Detroit. He was later found not guilty.
1964, The Who appeared at The Marquee Club London, England. Between 1964-1968 The Who made 29 appearances at The Marquee.
1966, The Beatles got together for the first time since their return from the summer tour of the United States, ready to record a new album. The first song selected for recording was John Lennon’s ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, which would end up on the album, but on The Beatles’ next single. This day’s session was devoted entirely to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
1968, Diana Ross and The Supremes were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Child’, their 11th No.1 in the US. The song is also notable for knocking off and keeping The Beatles massive ‘Hey Jude’ off the top spot in the US.
1973, Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Photograph’. His first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist. Written by Starr and George Harrison, the promotional film shot for the single showed Starr walking around his new house at the time, Tittenhurst Park, which had been previously the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, (and where the ‘Imagine’ promo film was shot).
1976, Chicago started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’, the American group’s only UK No.1. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1978, David Bowie played the first of two sold-out nights at the RAS Show Grounds, Sydney during his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand.
1979, Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘No More Tears, (Enough Is Enough). A No.3 hit in the UK.
1983, Irish group The Undertones split up. Lead singer Feargal Sharkey went on to have a No.1 UK single as a solo artist with ‘A Good Heart’ and later worked in A&R for various record labels, and later became the head of UK Music, an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry.
1984, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married his girlfriend, nude model Candice, (Elaine Margaret Starchuk). The marriage lasted one month. Lee has also been married to actress Heather Locklear and the former Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson.
1991, Eric Carr (Paul Charles Caravello) drummer with KISS died aged 41, of complications from cancer in a New York hospital. Carr replaced Peter Criss in 1980 and remained a band member until he became ill in 1991. For his Kiss stage persona, Carr was known as ‘The Fox.’
1991, Freddie Mercury died of complications from aids at his home in London’s Holland park aged 45, just one day after he publicly admitted he was HIV positive. Mercury was openly bisexual and enjoyed a colourful rock star lifestyle. During his career with Queen he scored over 40 Top 40 UK singles including the worldwide No.1 ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
1992, Bill Wyman’s divorce was finalised with the high court awarding his ex wife Mandy Smith £580,000. The Rolling Stones bassist had started to date Smith when she was 13, the marriage lasted for two years.
1993, American blues guitarist and singer Albert Collins died of lung cancer aged 61. Known as ‘The master of the telecaster’, he shared a Grammy for the 1985 album Showdown! which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland.
1999, During a Bonhams of London rock auction, Buddy Holly’s first driving licence sold for £3,795; and a copy of The Beatles 1968 The White Album numbered 00000001, sold for £9,775.
2002, Robbie Williams started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his fifth studio album ‘Escapology’. The album became the best selling album of 2002 in the United Kingdom, selling 1.2 million copies.
2003, ‘Agadoo’ by Black Lace was named the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers. The song which peaked at No.2 on the UK charts in 1984 spent 30 weeks in the top 75 and went on to become the eighth best-selling single of 1984 in the UK. Black Lace themselves recorded an X-rated version of the song entitled ‘Have a Screw’, which was released on the B-side of the 12-inch vinyl ‘Gang Bang’.
2006, Winners at this year’s American Music Awards included, Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Jamie Foxx, Nickelback, Sean Paul, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Mary J. Blige. Nelly Furtado, John Mayer and Fall Out Boy.
2007, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his multi-million pound house in a wildfire that swept through Malibu, 53 other properties were destroyed by the blaze. Flea told the Los Angeles Times the $4.8m (£2.3m) property was “burnt to a crisp”.
2008, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how Boy George chained a male escort to his bedroom wall and beat him with a metal chain after accusing him of hacking into his laptop. The singer had made contact with Mr Carlsen, 29, on the social networking website Gaydar. Mr Carlsen told the court that he was dragged along the floor towards the bed and a handcuff was put on his right hand. The manacle was attached to a hook drilled into the wall by the bed. The police later photographed welts on Mr Carlsen’s arm where the handcuffs had been. The fire brigade had to be called to cut the cuffs off.
2008, English drummer Michael Lee died from a seizure aged 39. Lee had worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Little Angels, The Cult, Ian Gillan, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Quireboys and Thin Lizzy.
2013, Robbie Williams scored his 11th UK No.1 album when Swings Both Ways went to the top of the charts. It was also the 1,000 No.1 UK album since the charts began in 1956 when Frank Sinatra was at No.1 with Songs For Swingin’ Lovers.
November 24th: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Jim Yester, guitar, vocals, The Association, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Windy’).
1941, Born on this day, Donald Dunn,Booker T and the MG’s, (1962 US No. 3 single ‘Green Onions’, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’). Dunn died in his sleep on 13th May 2012 after playing a show at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo the night before. He had been in the country as part of an ongoing tour with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd.
1941, Born on this day, Pete Best, The Beatles drummer, 1960-1962.
1941, Born on this day, Wayne Jackson, American soul and R&B trumpet player in the Mar-Keys, and the house band at Stax Records and later as one of The Memphis Horns. Jackson played on 52 No.1 songs, supporting the likes of Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Otis Redding, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel and the Doobie Brothers. Jackson died on 21st June 2016 aged 74.
1942, Born on this day, Billy Connolly, singer, actor, comedian, The Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty, 1975 UK No.1 single ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E.’
1943, Born on this day, Robin Williamson, Scottish multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, songwriter and storyteller, who first made his name as a founding member of The Incredible String Band.(1967 album ‘The 5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion’).
1944, Born on this day, Bev Bevan, drums, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry Way’), Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ plus 26 other Top 40 hits). Now a UK radio presenter on Saga FM in the West Midlands.
1945, Born on this day, Lee Michaels, US keyboard player, (1971 US No.6 single ‘Do You Know What I Mean’).
1948, Born on this day, Tony Bourge, guitarist, Budgie, (1971 single ‘Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman’).
1950, Born on this day, Bob Burns, American drummer who was in the original line-up of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Burns also played on the band’s first two official albums: (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and Second Helping. He died in a car crash in Georgia late at night after a performance on April 3, 2015.
1955, Born on this day, Clem Burke, drummer, Blondie (5 UK No.1 singles including 1979 UK & US No.1 single ‘Heart Of Glass’ and 1978 worldwide No.1 album ‘Parallel Lines’).
1957, Born on this day, Chris Hayes, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Power Of Love’).
1958, Born on this day, Carmel, (1983 UK No.15 single ‘Bad Day’).
1962, Born on this day, John Squire, guitar, The Stone Roses, (1989 UK No.8 single ‘Fool’s Gold’, 1989 album ‘The Stone Roses’). The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Love Is The Law’).
1962, Born on this day, Gary Stonadge, bass, Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single ‘E=MC2’).
1964, Born on this day, Tony Rombola, guitarist, Godsmack, (2003, US No.1 album ‘Faceless’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘IV’).
1970, Born on this day, Chad Taylor, guitarist, Live, (1997 US No.1 album ‘Secret Samadhi’).

November 23

November 23rd: On this day
1956, Sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife’s love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.
1962, The Beatles travelled to St. James’ Church Hall, London, for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. The audition came about when Beatles fan, David Smith of Preston, Lancashire wrote to the BBC asking for The Beatles to be featured on BBC television. Assuming that Smith was The Beatles’ manager, the BBC wrote back to him, offering The Beatles an audition. Smith brought his letter to NEMS Enterprises, and Clive Epstein (Brian’s brother) arranged for audition to take place. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite “thumbs-down” letter from the BBC.
1967, A 16 date UK package tour played its 7th night at the Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff. Featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner, the entourage performed twice nightly. In 1974, Pink Floyd returned to the venue, which has since been demolished, to be replaced by the ‘Really Welsh Pavilion’.
1974, One Hit Wonder Billy Swan started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can Help’. The song was a hit throughout most of Europe and also reached No.1 in Australia. It was so successful in Norway that it charted for 37 weeks on the Norwegian charts making it the 4th best-performing single of all time in that country.
1974, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 album with ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll’. The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at No.2 in the UK.
1975, Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody. The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.
1976, Ten hours after his last arrest, Jerry Lee Lewis was nicked again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s home in Memphis, demanding to see the ‘King’. When police arrived they found Lewis sat in his car with the loaded Derringer pistol resting on his knee.
1979, Keith Richard’s girlfriend Anita Pallenburg was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home. A 17-year-old, Scott Cantrell, had shot himself in the head with a gun owned by Keith Richards, while in Pallenberg’s bed, at the South Salem, New York house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. Cantrell had been employed as a part-time groundskeeper at the estate and was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg.
1979, Pink Floyd released ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ which rapidly topped the charts in the UK, followed by the US and a further 9 countries. Featuring children from Islington Green School in North London, close to Floyd’s Britannia Row Studios, it was the group’s first UK single since Point Me At The Sky in 1968, and their first chart hit since See Emily Play in 1967.
1985, American blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack aged 75. Wrote ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’, (a hit for Bill Haley and His Comets) and ‘Sweet Sixteen.’
1991, Genesis scored their 5th UK No.1 album with ‘We Can’t Dance’, featuring the singles ‘Jesus He Knows Me’ and ‘I Can’t Dance’.
1991, Michael Jackson had his fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Black or White’ which featured Slash on guitar. Also a No.1 hit in the US.
1992, American country music singer Roy Acuff died aged 89. Known as the “King of Country Music,” he was the first living artist elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Acuff started his career in 1932 working for Dr. Hauer’s medicine show, hired as one of its entertainers to draw a crowd to whom Hauer could sell medicines.
1994, Tommy Boyce, singer, songwriter, committed suicide. (1968 US No. 8 single with Bobby Hart, ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite’, also wrote ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ and ‘Scooby- Doo Where Are You.’ Sold over 40m records.
1995, American soul singer and saxophonist Junior Walker died of cancer aged 64. Had the 1966 US & UK Top 20 single ‘How Sweet It Is’, and the 1969 US No.4 single ‘What Does It Take, To Win Your Love’. Walker also played sax on Foreigner’s 1981 hit ‘Urgent.’
2001, Singer O.C. Smith died aged 65. Famous for his 1968 US No.1 single ‘Little Green Apples’ and 1968 UK No.2 single ‘The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp’. Smith became pastor and founder of The City Of Angels Church in Los Angeles, California.
2002, Otis Reddings’ widow and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a biography written in 2001 about the R&B legend, claiming the book was filled with lies. The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta’s Fulton County, sought $15 million in damages and claimed that the book detailed rumors about the singer’s drug use, extramarital affairs and divorce, causing “harm to the plaintiffs.” It also cites rumors that Otis’ manager plotted with the Mafia to kill Otis by causing the plane to crash in order to claim $1 million in life insurance.
2005, Dan McTeague a Toronto MP tried to have 50 Cent barred from entering Canada to perform a series of concerts later this year. McTeague had sent a letter to Immigration Minister Joe Volpe claiming that the controversial rapper shouldn’t be permitted to cross the border because he promotes gun violence.
2007, Bono and The Edge from U2 made a surprise appearance at a charity gig, playing four songs before 250 people. The London gig at the Union Chapel was held as part of the Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions.
2008, Leona Lewis was at No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Spirit’. The album held the record for the biggest digital album sales in a week ever for a new artist and was the 6th biggest selling of 2008 in the world. It has gone on to sell over seven million copies worldwide.
2008, 15 years after their last album, Guns N’ Roses released Chinese Democracy in the US, exclusively via the electronics retailer Best Buy. Nine years previously, Geffen Records had reportedly paid Axl Rose $1 million to finish the album, with a further $1 million if he handed it in to them by March 1, 1999.
2012, According to a new list of the 200 rarest records published in Record Collector magazine, the original acetate of the pre- Beatles demo by the Quarrymen of ‘That’ll Be The Day’ was worth £200,000 ($320,630). Several other Beatles records figured in the top 20. Low-numbered copies of The Beatles The White Album was said to be worth £7,000 ($11,222 USD), though a copy of a mono White Album #0000005 sold for £19,201 ($30,782 USD) in 2009.
2015, Taylor Swift dominated the American Music Awards, winning three prizes, including album of the year and song of the year. One Direction were named favourite group and artist of the year, for the second year in a row and Ariana Grande was the surprise winner of best female, beating Taylor Swift.
2016, Joe Esposito, a close friend and aide of Elvis Presley died at the age of 78. Esposito was Presley’s professional assistant and a member of his inner circle, known as the “Memphis Mafia”. He was one of two best men at the star’s wedding to Priscilla in 1967 and a pallbearer at his funeral in 1977.
November 23rd: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Betty Everett, soul singer, (1964 US No. 6 single ‘The Shoop Shoop Song, It’s In His Kiss’, 1965 UK No. 29 single ‘Getting Mighty Crowded’). She died on 19th August 2001 aged 61.
1949, Born on this day, Sandra Stevens, Brotherhood Of Man, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’).
1949, Born on this day, Alan Paul, singer, Manhattan Transfer, (1977 UK No.1 ‘Chanson D’amour’, 1981 US No.7 single ‘Boy From New York City’).
1949, Born on this day, Marcia Griffiths, singer, also called the “Queen of Reggae”. With Bob Andy as a duo (Bob and Marcia), she had the 1970 UK hit with ‘Young, Gifted and Black’.
1954, Born on this day, Bruce Hornsby, keyboards, vocals, The Range, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.15 single ‘The Way It Is’).
1962, Born on this day, Chris Bostock, bass, Jo Boxers, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Boxer Beat’).
1972, Born on this day, American drummer Chris Adler who has worked with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Burn the Priest, Testament and Protest The Hero.
1978, Born on this day, Alison Mosshart, American singer, songwriter with The Kills and blues rock band The Dead Weather with Jack White.
1978, Born on this day, American saxophone player Tommy Marth who worked with The Killers. On April 23, 2012, Marth’s body was discovered in his Las Vegas, Nevada home with a gunshot wound to the head. The Clark County Coroner subsequently ruled that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and the cause of death was suicide.
1983, Born on this day, Thomas Pridgen, American drummer with The Mars Volta from 2006 until October 2009. Also worked with The Memorials and the California hardcore band, Trash Talk.
1984, Born on this day, Lucas Stephen Grabeel, American actor and singer High School Musical, as part of the cast had the 2006 US No.1 ‘High School Musical’ album and 2007, US No.1 ‘High School Musical 2’ album. Over 17 million viewers in the United States watched the TV premier of High School Musical; making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history.
1992, Born on this day, Miley Ray Cyrus, (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), American actress, singer and songwriter. Miley Stewart -Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana. Scored the 2006 US No.1 album ‘Hannah Montana’, and the 2013 US No.1 hit ‘Wrecking Ball’.

November 22

November 22nd: On this day
1957, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand. Close friends through childhood, the first time they appeared on stage together was in a school play, Alice in Wonderland (Simon as the White Rabbit, Garfunkel as the Cheshire Cat). They later began performing together in their junior year as Tom and Jerry, with Simon as Jerry Landis and Garfunkel as Tom Graph.
1963, The Beatles released their second album ‘With The Beatles’ which went on to spend 51 weeks on the UK charts. The LP had advance orders of a half million and sold another half million by September 1965, making it the second album to sell a million copies in the UK, (after the soundtrack to the 1958 film South Pacific).
1965, Bob Dylan married Sara Lowndes in a secret ceremony during a break in his tour. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge’s lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara who is the mother of singer Jakob Dylan filed for divorce on March 1st 1977.
1968, The Beatles double White Album was released in the UK. Featuring ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Blackbird’ ‘Back In The USSR’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Priced at £3.13 shillings, ($8.76), it spent eight weeks as the UK No.1 album.
1969, Iron Butterfly supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The gig was held in the school’s 3,500- seat Crenshaw Gymnasium.
1975, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a parody of the Tammy Wynette song D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Connolly’s early career as a singer led to him forming a folk-pop duo called The Humblebums in the late 60’s, with future rock star Gerry Rafferty.
1975, KC and the Sunshine Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’, the group’s second US No.1 of the year, it made No.4 in the UK.
1980, ABBA scored their sixth UK No.1 album when Super Trouper started a nine week run at the top of the charts. The album which features the No.1 singles ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Super Trouper’, became the biggest-selling of 1980 in the UK.
1986, The Human League went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Human’, making them the 8th UK act to score a US No.1 single in 1986.
1986, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off a 149-date North American and European tour at the Towson Center in Towson, Maryland.
1987, Jesus and Mary Chain singer Jim Reid was arrested in Canada after being accused of assaulting members of the audience with his microphone stand, he was released on $2,000 bail.
1990, Bill Wyman announced that his 17-month marriage to model Mandy Smith was over. With the consent of her mother, Smith had started dating the 47-year-old Rolling Stones bassist when she was aged 13.
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1991, Alice Cooper came to the rescue of two fans; Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly, whose California home was about to be re-possessed. Patrick had painted Coopers face on the house to help sell the property. Mr Cooper signed autographs to help raise money for the couple.
1994, Pearl Jam released their third studio album Vitalogy, which was first released on vinyl and became the first vinyl album to appear on the US chart, since the domination of the compact disc format. They followed the release in other formats two weeks later, whereupon it became the second-fastest-selling CD in history, behind only the band’s previous release Vs.
1997, INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney. He was 37. Hutchence body was found at 11.50am naked behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.
1998, Alanis Morissette was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fourth album ‘Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.’ The first single from album ‘Thank You’ received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance”.
2002, The surviving members of The Doors Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with a new line up including ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Original drummer John Densmore was not able to take part because he was suffering from severe tinnitus.
2004, Ozzy Osbourne struggled with a burglar who escaped with jewellery worth about £2m from his Buckinghamshire mansion. Osbourne told reporters that he had the masked raider in a headlock as he tried to stop him. The burglar broke free and jumped 30 ft from a first floor window. A large amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid in which two burglars were involved.
2004, U2 shot the video for ‘All Because Of You’ from a moving flat bed truck on the streets of Brooklyn in New York City. Later in the day, they performed a brief concert under the Brooklyn Bridge, which was taped by MTV for a later showing.
2005, Poems written by Bob Dylan in his college days sold for $78,000 (£45,000) at a New York City auction. The 16 pages of poems were the first known time Robert Zimmerman used the Dylan name and came from his studies at the University of Minnesota during 1959-60.
2005, A gig by former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown was abandoned after 20 minutes because the floor at the venue began to sag. 2,000 people were told to leave Newcastle’s Carling Academy, which had only been open for a month. Organisers said it was simply a safety precaution after joists under the main dance floor came out of their springs.
2010, After just one week of availability on the iTunes store, The Beatles music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs. The Fab Four’s debut on iTunes was accompanied by an extensive world-wide marketing campaign.
November 22nd: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, Jessie Colin Young, The Youngbloods, (1969 US No.5 single ‘Get Together’).
1943, Born on this day, Floyd Sneed, drums, Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’).
1946, Born on this day, Aston Barrett, The Upsetters, Bob Marley and the Wailers, (1981 UK No.8 single ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over Ten other UK Top 40 singles).
1950, Born on this day, Steven Van Zandt, (Little Steven or Miami Steve), guitarist with South Side Johnny, then Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul. Created music-industry activist group Artists United Against Apartheid as an action against the Sun City resort in South Africa, Springsteen, U2, Bob Dylan and Run DMC, collaborated on ‘Sun City’. Starred as Silvio Dante in the TV Series ‘The Sopranos’.
1950, Born on this day, Tina Weymouth, bass, Talking Heads, (1983 US No.9 single ‘Burning Down The House’, 1985 UK No.6 single ‘Road To Nowhere’), Tom Tom Club, (1981 UK No.7 single ‘Wordy Rappinghood’).
1957, Born on this day, Sharon Bailey, Amazulu, (1986 UK No.5 single ‘Too Good To Be Forgotten’)
1960, Born on this day, James Morrison, (Jim Bob), Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, 1992 UK No.7 single ‘The Only Living Boy In New Cross’).
1962, Born on this day, Neil Fraser, guitar, Tindersticks, (1993 album ‘Tindersicks’).
1966, Born on this day, Francis Anthony ‘Eg’ White, songwriter and producer. Member of Brother Beyond in the late 1980s, Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia, James Morrison, Kylie Minogue, Adele and Duffy have all recorded his songs.
1968, Born on this day, Rasa Don, Arrested Development, (1992 UK No.2 single ‘People Everyday’).
1970, Born on this day, Chris Fryar, American drummer and a member of the Grammy Award winning group, Zac Brown Band.
1978, Born on this day, Karen O, singer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (2006 UK No. 18 single ‘Gold Lion’).
1979, Scott Robinson, vocals, Five, (1998 UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Get Up’, 1999 UK No.1 single ‘Keep On Movin’).
1981, Born on this day, Ben Adams, vocals, A1, (2000 UK No.1 single, ‘Same Old Brand New You’).

November 21

November 21st: On this day
1954, American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘This Ole House.’ This song was also a No.1 for Shakin’ Stevens in 1981. Her nephew, George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral in 2002.
1955, RCA Records purchased Elvis Presley’s recording contract from Sam Phillips at Sun Records for an unprecedented sum of $35,000. In September 1931, RCA Victor introduced the first 33⅓ rpm records sold to the public, and later in 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 7-inch 45 rpm fine-grooved vinyl record.
1960, Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stay’, the shortest ever US No.1 single at one minute 37 seconds. A No.14 hit in the UK in 1961.
1960, The Beatles played at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg, Germany without George Harrison. The guitarist had been deported on this day for being underage (he was 17) and not legally allowed to remain in a nightclub after midnight.
1970, The Partridge Family started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Think I Love You’. The song was featured in the first episode of the Partridge Family TV series, made by the same company that made The Monkees.
1970, Two months after his death Jimi Hendrix was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ the closing track on Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This was the guitarist’s only UK No.1 single. Hendrix’s solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1971, Elton John kicked off a 13-date UK tour at The Coventry Theatre, promoting his new album Madman Across The Water. The album cover for Madman Across the Water was embroidered over two weeks by Janis Larkham, wife of the album art director David Larkham. She used the back of an old Levi’s jacket, and the original was gifted to John.
1974, Wilson Pickett was arrested in New York City for possession of a dangerous weapon after he pulled a gun during an argument.
1975, At the start of Elton John week in Los Angeles, the singer received a Star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.
1976, The Stranglers supported by Chelsea appeared at The Nashville, London, England. This was Billy Idol’s last gig with Chelsea, who then joined fame in the punk band Generation X before becoming a solo artist.
1980, Don Henley was arrested after a naked 16-year old girl was found at his home in Los Angeles suffering from a drug over-dose, he received a $2,000 fine with two years probation.
1981, Olivia Newton John started a ten week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Physical’, the singers fourth US No.1 went on to sell over 2 million copies, a became a No.7 hit in the UK.
1981, Queen and David Bowie were at No.1 in the UK with Under Pressure. They recorded the song together when both acts were working in a German recording studio. It was David Bowie’s first released collaboration with another recording artist.
1983, Michael Jackson’s 14-minute video for Thriller was premiered in Los Angeles. Directed by John Landis and co-starring former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray. The video (like the song) contains a spoken word performance by horror film veteran Vincent Price. The video was filmed at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, the zombie dance sequence at the junction of Union Pacific Avenue and South Calzona Street in East Los Angeles and the final house scene in the Angeleno Heights neighborhood at 1345 Carroll Avenue.
1987, Billy Idol knocked Tiffany from the No.1 single position on the US singles chart with his version of Tommy James ‘ Mony Mony’. Tiffany had been at No.1 with another Tommy James song ‘ I Think We’re Alone Now.’
1988, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird, Birmingham, appearing with John Miles and the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham.
1990, Mick Jagger married Jerry Hall in Bali. The marriage was declared ‘null and void’ on 13th August 1999 after a judge ruled that the six- hour ceremony in Bali was never registered.
1991, Aerosmith made a guest appearance in the Simpsons TV animated comedy. Other acts who have appeared on the show included: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, U2, The Moody Blues, The B-52’s, The Who, R.E.M., Phish, Blink-182, Metallica, and The White Stripes.
1992, Charles and Eddie were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Would I Lie To You’ the debut single by the pop-soul duo and their only chart topper.
1994, After a five-year wait, The Stone Roses released the single ‘Love Spreads’. In true Roses fashion the group turn down an appearance on BBC 1’s TV show Top Of The Pops to promote the single.
1995, Legendary manager of Led Zeppelin Peter Grant died from a heart attack aged 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60’s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.
1995, The Beatles Anthology 1 was released in the US, featuring 60 tracks including the track ‘Free As A Bird’, a song originally composed and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon. In 1995 a studio version of the recording, incorporating contributions from Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr was released as a single by The Beatles.
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1999, The Wamdue Project went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘King Of The Castle’. First released in 1998 when it made No.121 on the chart selling just 350 copies in the first week of release.
2001, UK pop mogul Jonathan King was jailed for seven years for sex attacks on five boys. King was found guilty of six offences of indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery against five youth’s aged 14 and 16 between 1983 and 1989.
2003, An acoustic guitar on which the late Beatle George Harrison learned to play fetched £276,000 at a London auction. His father originally bought the Egmond guitar for Harrison for £3.50. Another item auctioned was a signed invitation to the post-premiere celebrations for The Beatles Hard Days Night film, which went for £17,250.
2003, Record producer Phil Spector appeared before a California court and was formally charged with murder. B-movie actress Lana Clarkson had been found at his mansion in February of this year with a fatal gunshot wound to her face. Spector pleaded not guilty to her murder during a brief hearing in Alhambra, near Los Angeles and was released on $1m bail.
2004, Eminem was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Encore’, his third US No.1 album. Girls Aloud started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Pretenders ‘I’ll Stand By You.’ This was 2004’s single for the Children In Need appeal with its proceeds going towards the charity.
2007, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were suing a US network over the name of its TV show, Californication saying the title was “immediately associated in the mind of the consumer” with its 1999 album and single release. The band filed a lawsuit against Showtime Network – the makers of the TV show, which featured David Duchovny as a writer going through a mid-life crisis. “For some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right,” said the band’s singer, Anthony Kiedis. He described Californication as “the signature CD, video and song of the band’s career”.
2009, Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug, moments after escaping a prison sentence at a court-hearing. The Babyshambles singer allegedly dropped a wrap of ‘little blue crystals’ when he was being frisked by security as he entered the court.
2012, Stone Roses guitarist John Squire’s art studio burnt down at his home in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, after it caught fire. Two paintings from Squire’s recent Celebrity series were lost but no other works were in the studio at the time.
November 21st: Born on this day
1907, Born on this day, Samuel Ram, manager of The Platters, (UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’).
1940, Born on this day, Dr John, (Malcolm John Rebennack), US R&B pianist, guitarist, singer, wrote ‘I Walk On Guilded Splinters.’
1941, Born on this Day, Andrew Love, saxophone player based in Memphis, Tennessee, best known for being a member of The Memphis Horns. With trumpet player Wayne Jackson, the two created the signature horn sound at Stax on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield. Love died on 12th April 2012 aged 70.
1948, Born on this day, Lonnie Jordan, War, (1973 US No.2 single ‘The Cisco Kid’, 1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’).
1950, Born on this day, Livingston Taylor, singer, songwriter, (brother of James Taylor), 1978 US No. 30 single ‘I Will Be In Love With You’).
1965, Born on this day, Bjork Gudmundsdottir, singer, actress, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single ‘Hit’). Solo, (1995 UK No.4 single ‘It’s Oh So Quite’ and 1993 album ‘Debut’).
1967, Born on this day, Margret Ornolfsdottir, keyboards, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single ‘Hit’).
1968, Born on this day, Alex James, bassist with Blur who scored the 1995 UK No.1 single ‘Country House’, plus over 12 other UK Top 40 singles. Their 1994 UK No.1 album ‘Parklife’ spent over 2 years on the UK chart. Also a member of Me Me Me, (with Stephen Duffy), who scored the 1996 UK No.19 single ‘Hanging Around’. James has become notable for his production of award-winning cheeses including ‘Alex James Presents’ – a range of British artisan cheeses – ‘Good Queen Maude’, ‘Blue Monday’, ‘Little Wallop’, ‘Farleigh Wallop’, and most recently ‘Goddess.’
1970, Born on this day, Francis Macdonald, drummer, Teenage Fanclub, (1992 UK No.31 single ‘What You Do To Me’) The Pastels.

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