November-This day in Music
1st November 2009 and Vince is ´live´at Cool FM
1953, David Whitfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Answer Me’, (despite a partial ban by the
BBC for the song’s religious connotations). The song was also a No.1 for Frankie Laine the following
week. How pompous of the BBC to have any ban..
1955, R&B group The Famous Flames, lead by singer James Brown, cut their first demo of ‘Please,
Please, Please’ at a radio station in Macon Georgia. It would lead to their signing with King Records.I was
a big fan of James Brown starting when a fan came into the Cabin in Birkenhead with Live at the Apollo
1956, Elvis Presley bought a new Harley Davidson motorbike, Presley spent the day riding round
Memphis on his new bike with actress Natalie Wood.Well, it’s the sort of thing any hot-blooded poseur
would want to do…
1962, The Beatles started a run of appearances over 14 nights at the star Club, Hamburg, Germany. This
was why Gerry Marsden was the most popular Merseyside act at the time…the Beatles were away…
1963, The Beatles kicked off a UK tour performing two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Cheltenham,
1969, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Suspicious Minds’, his 18th US No.1 single.
A No.2 hit in the UK. By this time RCA had changed their label and Elvis was becoming more cabaret…
1969, The Beatles scored their 13th US No.1 album with ‘Abbey Road’. The final studio recordings from
the group which featured two George Harrison songs; ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’ plus ‘Come
Together’, ‘Sun King’ and ‘Golden Slumbers.’ The cover supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul
Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the
fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda
McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker
(Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans
and a denim work shirt). I really can’t remember all this going on at the time. I think it was more of an
American thing..I was also busy earning my own wages…
1970, Matthews Southern Comfort were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Joni
Mitchell song ‘Woodstock.’ The group’s only UK No.1 hit. This was not really a song you used much as a
1997, Scandinavian dance-pop act Aqua started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with
‘Barbie Girl.’ A massive world-wide hit the single has sold more than 8 million copies. Much as the
musicians might knock this song it was a good track for DJs to use…
2000, All Saints came top of a poll to find the sexiest female act. 12,000 UK television viewers voted for
the group, The Spice Girls came second and Atomic Kitten third. The 50′s group The Beverley Sisters
were voted into 11th place beating TLC. I was doing a bit of DJ work at the Berkely Centre in Camborne
and this info is reflected in the music people were requesting at this disco…Roger Collins was the DJ and
I did an odd deputising job for him
2000, Robbie Williams offered to donate his bone marrow to save a fan’s life after meeting leukaemia
suffer Johanna MacVicar. Williams asked his fans to sign up as potential donors after being told of the
desperate shortage of male donors. This shows a nicer side to this undoubtedly fine singer….
2004, A man who allegedly stalked Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia, was deemed too mentally ill to
be interviewed by police. The 44-year-old fan was arrested after turning up on the doorstep of the singer’s
£2m home in Berkshire after flying to London from Australia. He was sane enough to find his way to her
house. He might have been obsessive but……
2005, Westlife were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Raise Me Up’, the Irish group’s 13th UK
No.1 single. I’m not the biggest fan of contrived bands and their music but this is a great song and they
are a very competent outfit...
2007, Winners at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards held in Munich, Germany included Avril
Lavigne who was named best solo artist, and her song Girlfriend was voted most addictive track.
2008, Kenny Chesney went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Lucky Old Sun’ the country singers
thirteenth studio album. This genre of country music has some fabulous singers using great backing and
harmonies to enhance their work.
2nd November and the excitement of seeing Fats Domino causes a riot, Tommy Edwards was at number 1
and Tom Jones was on tour in 1967. George Harrison was the first Beatle to have a world tour, it was a
lucky day for Stevie Wonder and U2 both with chart-toppers and Eric Clapton got his rewards and became
a CBE. A gang tried to capture a Spice Girl and Led Zeppelin played their reunion gig.
Music Stuff 6th November
1961, Jimmy Dean No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Big Bad John’, a No.2 on the UK chart. Wasn’t he
kind of broad at the shoulders and narrow at the hips?.
1964, during their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV’s ‘Ready
Steady Go!’ Does anybody else remember those black and white striped shirts?
1965, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My
Cloud’, the group’s second US No.1. The song knocked The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ from the No.1 position.
Two great songs
1968, Joe Cocker was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with his version of The Beatles song ‘With A Little
Help From My Friends’. The song was also a UK No.1 for Wet Wet Wet in 1988 and Pop Idol duo Sam
and Mark in 2004. Guess which is the worst version of this song?
1971, Cher started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves’,
the singers first US solo No.1, UK No.4.I liked this song.
1971, the soundtrack to ‘Shaft’ by Isaac Hayes went to No.1 on the US album chart. I bought the album
and liked the long version of Shaft.
1972, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman lost his driving licence and was fined £20 by Chelmsford Magistrates
court after being caught speeding in his Mercedes on the A12. I was fined for speeding once…I have
slowed down because of this…
1982, Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker started a three week run at No.1 on the US with a song taken from
the film ‘An Officer And A Gentleman’, ‘Up Where We Belong’. Good song. Good Film
1982, Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ achieved the longest unbroken run on the UK charts when it logged its
43rd week in the Top 100.It was a brilliant single although I think it wasn’t the original version..
1993, Meat Loaf started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’d’ Do Anything For Love
(But I Won’t Do That), also a No.1 in the UK. I’m not a Meatloaf fan but this is a good track.
2000, Madonna played her first show in eight years when she performed a short 20 minute set at New
York’s Roseland Ballroom. Madonna wore a tight black vest bearing the sequinned name of 18 year-old
2005, the Official UK Charts announced that Robbie Williams had sold the most albums in the UK so far
this century with sales of 6.3m. The figures were based on albums sold in the UK from 1st January 2000 to
11th October 2005 excluding greatest hits, live albums and downloads. This reflects the popularity of
2005, Madonna scored her 36th Top Ten single with ‘Hung Up’, equaling the record with Elvis Presley for
the most Top Ten singles. ‘Hung Up’ was also Madonna’s 47th Top Forty single, the most for any female
artist. The track sampled the instrumental riff from Abba’s ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’.
’2007, Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. The 60-
year-old had already scrapped two gigs on doctor’s orders. Speculation had surrounded the tour after he
cut short a gig in Newcastle, telling the audience it is “the last show I may ever do in my life”.
Music Stuff November 3rd
1957, Sun Records released ‘Great Balls Of Fire’, by Jerry Lee Lewis. - No.1 in the UK & No.2 in the US
and still sung every day in a karaoke bar somewhere in the world
1960, Elvis Presley had his fifth UK No.1 single with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, it stayed at No.1 for eight
weeks. The song which was based on the Italian song, ‘O Sole Mio’, gave Presley his first post-army No.
1. It also gave men with outsize pepper pots around the globe to impersonate Elvis
1962, The Crystals started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s A Rebel’, it made
No.19 on the UK chart…..and was a great Phil Spector wall of sound production
1963, The Beatles, The Brook Brothers, Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers, The Vernons Girls and The
Kestrals all appeared at The Odeon, Leeds, England, tickets, 5/6. …and cheap at half the price
1963, The last night of a 30 date UK tour featuring The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones,
Mickie Most and The Flintstones at The Hammersmith Odeon, London. All the acts had played two shows
every night….and this was one terrific roadshow..
1964, During a Rolling Stones North American tour a 17 year-old Rolling Stones fan fell from the balcony
during a gig in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mayor of Ohio banned all future pop concerts, saying; “Such groups
do not add to the community’s culture or entertainment.” I think he was wrong to say that and the Rolling
Stones have made a great contribution to world music
1967, during a UK tour The Isley Brothers appeared at the Co-op Ballroom in Doncaster. Advance tickets
cost 10/6….I was the Radio One Roadshow guest DJ at the Top Rank in Doncaster in 1974
1967, The filming for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour was completed finishing with a sequence at
Ringo’s country house in Weybridge, Surrey
1973, Neil Young supported by The Eagles appeared at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England. I would
have loved this show.
1977, During a concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, Elton John announced his retirement from
live performances. Oh Yeah! We believe you Elton!
1979, One hit wonder M went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Pop Muzik’. M was Robin Scott who
scored one other UK top 40 hit, ‘Pop Muzik’ made No.2 in the UK. It is one of my favourite songs. Well
1983, RCA records signed Latin teen sensations Menudo for $30m. The line up of five young boys all had
to sign a contract agreeing to leave the group when they reached 16, (when too old for the group). Ricky
Martin was once a member. Now I like Ricky Martin and he’s had some good songs already..
1984, Billy Ocean started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Caribbean Queen’. The
song was originally called ‘European Queen’. I saw him on telly recently and he looked really well.
Incidentally, I think I had a copy under the original title…
1984, Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the UK album chart with the film soundtrack to ‘Give My Regards
To Broad Street’, featuring the UK No.2 single ‘No More Lonely Nights.’...Macca is great …another fine
1990, 25 years after their version was recorded, The Righteous Brothers went to No.1 on the UK singles
chart with ‘Unchained Melody.’ The track had been featured in the Patrick Swayze film ‘Ghost.’ Written
by Alex North and Hy Zaret, ‘Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century,
with over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages. You have to admit that this reay is a fabulous
1990, ‘Ice Ice Baby’, by Vanilla Ice became the first rap record to top the US singles chart, it was also a
UK No.1 single. Wasn’t it later discovered that the singers didn’t actually sing on the recording?
1993, Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the
first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in
1999, Britain’s first museum of pop music ‘The National Centre for Popular Music’ was saved from
bankruptcy after creditors agreed on a deal. The museum based in Sheffield had run up debts of over a £1
million. How on earth could this have been so badly run? This really should be coining it for the authorities.
2002, Lonnie Donegan, died mid-way through a UK tour and shortly before he was due to perform at a
memorial concert for George Harrison with The Rolling Stones. He was aged 71. Donegan had come to
live and work in Spain and I was one of his biggest fans. I would have loved to have met him.
2005, winners at this years MTV Europe awards included MTV’s ‘Free Your Mind’ humanitarian award
to Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof. Well done Bob..
2006, a man who had been stalking US singer, actress Hilary Duff was arrested for threatening to kill her.
Birthday Boys and Girls November 3rd
1933, John Barry, John Barry Orchestra, film themes ‘James Bond Theme’, ‘Zulu’, & ‘The Magnificent
1941, Brian Poole, vocals, The Tremeloes, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single ‘Silence Is Golden’).
Daughters Karen and Shellie formed Alisha’s Attic in the 90′s. Brian has been on my show and there is a
podcast available on my site
1946, Nick Simper, bass, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. Simper was in the 1966 car crash that Killed
Johnny Kid, became a founder member of Deep Purple, quit the band in 1969.
Music Stuff November 4th
1957, Jackie Wilson made his US chart debut with ‘Reet Petite’, (it made No.1 in the UK in 1986, 29 years
after its first release). This was a great hit in the discos and got a lot of radio play
1963, The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London.
With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon
made his famous remark “In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your
jewellery”.I remember it well and Lennon told it like it really was. There still is a big social divide.
1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, also a No.1 in
the US. You have to hand it to Mick and the boys. They can certainly put a hit song together.
1966, The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’, entered the UK chart, it went on to be a UK & US No.1 hit
single. This was a very futuristic record and influenced the Beatles in their work..
1969, Founder member of The Ink Spots, Ivory Watson died aged 60.
1972, Johnny Nash started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can See Clearly
Now’, his only US chart topper, it made No.5 in the UK. I think this would have charted higher if he hadn’t
put in the change in tempo as it then faltered in the discos..
1977, The Last Waltz, the movie of The Bands final concert premiered in New York. The Martin Scorsese
movie also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton….I
was a fan of the Band and my favourite track was Cripple Creek
1978, Crosby Stills Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over a $million
claiming he was owed from sales of their album ‘Deja Vu’.
1980, Bob Marley was baptised at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Kingston, converting to a Christian
Rastafarian and taking on the new name Berhane Selassie….If you’re not quite sure what this meant
neither did I
987, U2 were on the front cover of UK pop magazine ‘Smash
198, Elton John scored his 50th UK chart hit when ‘Sacrifice’, entered the charts. Only Cliff Richard and
Elvis Presley had also achieved this.Class will always shine through and Elton is a class act…
1989, Roxette scored their second US No.1 single with ‘Listen To Your Heart’, a No.6 hit in the UK the
following year. This is a nice hit and tends to get overlooked.
1993, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore was arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down
the volume of his music in his room.Come on Martin that was asking for trouble….
1998, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after an alleged drunken brawl with photographer Mel
Bouzac at a London pub. Bouzac had been tipped off that Liam was in the pub wearing a Russian hat and
attempted to take photos. Now we all know Liam is a very quiet, shy and retiring chap….
2001, Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Invincible’. Despite all else Michael
was a class act..
2001, The Times newspaper published the ‘Rich List’ with Madonna being the highest earning woman in
Britain grossing £30m, all the Spice Girls had dropped out of the listings except for Victoria Beckham.
Paul McCartney had earned £20.5m during the year. I think we won a tenner on the lottery…
2002, Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin received the Music Industry Trusts Award for one of the
greatest songwriting partnerships of all time. I have an ambition to chat to either of these two…
2007, The Eagles went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the first time ever – 33 years after their debut
album On the Border. This was the group’s first full studio album since The Long Run in 1979. I love the
Eagles and I know I’m not alone in this. Success in the UK was well overdue.
Music Stuff November 5th
1955, The Johnston Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’. They
sound more like a funk outfit…
1956, Tommy Steele made his live debut at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland. I can almost see his shiny
white teeth from here. Did he McClean them?
1956, “The Nat King Cole Show” debuted on NBC-TV in America. The Cole program was the first of its
kind hosted by an African-American…..his voice was like silky gravel...
1960, Country & western singer Johnny Horton was killed in a car crash. (1959 US No.1 & UK No.16
single ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’). I well remember the song but I never saw a picture of the singer.
1965, The Who released the single ‘My Generation’ in the UK. It peaked at No.2 on the UK chart.
People should have been talking about my generation...
1966, The Monkees were top of the Billboard singles chart with ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, the group’s
first No. 1. It was later revealed that due to filming commitments on their TV series, none of the group had
played on this or most of the group’s early recordings. The world had missed an opportunity to hear the
great at work!
1967, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was a passenger on a train which crashed in South East London in England
killing 49 people and injuring 78. Robin was treated for shock after the accident. This shows the thin
veneer of showbizz.9 were killed and a Bee Gee escaped….
1971, Elvis Presley kicked off a 15-date North American tour at the Metropolitan Sports Center in
Minneapolis. Announcer Al Dvorin uttered the well known phrase: “Elvis has left the building” at the end
of the show. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call
for an encore…...and so a phrase was born that still abounds in 2010…
1977, the manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large
poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, ‘Never Mind The Bollock’s, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. High
street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent
advertising act. What is more amazing is that there was an executive decision made to allow this sign to be
put up in the first place. The Sex Pistols had no reputation as pillars of the establishment, did they?
1977, ’40 Golden Greats’ by Cliff Richard went to No.1 on the UK album chart, his first No.1 album for
almost 15 years. At least he had enough hits to fill the album…
1982, Channel 4 TV’s ‘The Tube’ had its first showing. Presented by Paula Yates and Jools Holland, the
show featured The Jam and an interview with Mick Jagger.
1983, Billy Joel was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Uptown Girl’, his only UK No.1 stayed at the
top of the chars for five weeks. A No.3 hit in the US, the song was written about his relationship with his
girlfriend then-wife, supermodel Christie Brinkley. This is a great track. These days we may ponder over
the origins of the song. Then we just enjoyed the music..
1983, Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London’s Fulham
Road. This is an interesting point. If the dog attacked somebody and Topper couldn’t call the dog off he
deserved his arrest. If a policeman was drunk walking his police dog there would have been hell up..
1986, Bobby Nunn of The Coasters died of heart failure in Los Angeles. Scored the 1958 US No.1 single
‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’. This group made quite a few very good
novelty songs. I think they also covered Love Potion No9
1988, The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kokomo’, it peaked at No.25 in the UK.
The track had been featured in the film Cocktail. Quite honestly, I thought the song was cr…….
1988, ‘The Locomotion’, became the first song to reach the US Top 5 in three different versions, when
Kylie Minogue’s reached No.3 on the US chart. The song had also been a hit for Little Eva and Grand
Funk Railroad. It is a great party track but the original set the wheels in motion….
1994, Sheryl Crow scored her first UK Top 10 single when ‘All I Wanna Do’ entered the charts at No.4.
The US singer songwriter went on to become the first US female to score six UK hits off her debut album
‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. This is a class act and I loved this song..
1999, it was reported that Robbie Williams was ready to quit his pop career. He was quoted as saying he
was so disillusioned with the music business, he no longer enjoyed it and was thinking of a career in films.
Didn’t Frank Sinatra go that way…..?
2003, Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes
before he was due on stage, aged 63. The autopsy report from the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner
gave the opinion that Hatfield suffered a sudden, unexpected death due to acute cocaine toxicity.Here’s
another sad story from the world of pop music
2005, guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing ‘fuzz’ guitar after punching a
hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Famous for his 1958 US No.16 single ‘Rumble’
which was banned on several radio stations, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. A rare
feat for a song with no lyrics. Well there’a a little known fact for today
Birthday Boys and Girls November 5th
1931, Ike Turner, singer, 1966 UK No.3 single with Tina Turner, ‘River Deep Mountain High
1947, Peter Noone, vocals, Herman’s Hermits
1957,, David Moyse, guitar, Air Supply
1957Mike Score, A Flock Of Seagulls, 1982 UK No.10 single ‘Wishing, If I Had A Photograph Of You’.
1959, Bryan Adams, guitarist, singer, songwriter, first UK single ‘Run
Birthday Boys and Girls November 6th
1894, Adolph Sax, inventor of the saxophone. The man was a sax maniac.
1941, Guy Clark, singer, songwriter, wrote songs for Johnny Cash
1942, Doug Sahm, Tex Mex Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Sir Douglas Quintet, (1965 US No. 13 single
‘She’s About A Mover’).
1947, George Young, The Easybeats, (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single ‘Friday On My Mind’).
1947, John Wilson, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).
1948, Glenn Frey, guitar, vocals, The Eagles,
Music Stuff November 7th
1951, Frank Sinatra married his second wife actress Ava Gardner, the couple split up in 1953 and divorced
in 1957. Sinatra was married three other times, to his first wife Nancy Barbato, to the actress Mia Farrow
and finally to Barbara Marx, to whom he was married at his death…….we all need role models, don’t we?
1958, Eddie Cochran made his UK chart debut with ‘Summertime Blues’. It reached No.18 in the UK &
No.8 in the US. I still play this most weeks. Is it because it’s easy to play or is it simply a great track?
1963, The Beatles went to Ireland to make their only two appearances ever in the country playing two
shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin. The group hooked up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who had been
appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles’ first (as yet untitled) motion picture. Owen spent three
days with The Beatles observing their hectic, lifestyle. They went to Ireland the first time and the second
time to be sure….
1967, Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing,
their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age.
Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have
since collaborated on over 30 albums.Elton used to be the office junior when my friend Tony Hiller was
working at Mills Music and tells me how chuffed everyone was to see Elton flourish.
1969, The Rolling Stones kicked off their 6th North American tour at Fort Collins state University,
Colorado. Also on the bill, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and BB King. What a fabulous show that
must have been…
1970, Led Zeppelin released their third album, which spent a total of 40 weeks in the Top 75.That made
them a bob or two..
1987, Tiffany became the youngest act to score a US No.1 since Michael Jackson (‘Ben’, in 1972) with ‘I
Think we’re Alone Now’. The song was not really a classic but these scousers get in everywhere….
1997, The Spice Girls sacked their manager Simon Fuller and his 19 management team……no comment
1999, it was reported that Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall had met his mother for the first time in 37
years. His mother had left him when he was 2 years old. This must have been a traumatic time for them
both and I sincerely hope it was a successful outcome…
2002, Whitney Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana,
speeding, driving without a licence and having no proof of insurance after he was stopped by police in
He deserved everything he got. A car is a lethal weapon and kids follow the example of the celebrities….
Birthday Boys and Girls November 7th
1937, Mary Travers, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.2 single ‘Leaving On A Jet
Plane’, written by John Denver).
1943, Joni Mitchell, (Roberta Anderson), singer, songwriter, 1970 UK No.11 single ‘Big Yellow Taxi’.
Wrote ‘Both Sides Now’ hit for Judy Collins and ‘Woodstock.’
1954, Robin Beck, singer, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘First Time’). The song was taken from a TV
advertisement for Coca-Cola.
1967, Sharleen Spiteri, vocals, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Say What You Want
1958, Eddie Cochran made his UK chart debut with 'Summertime Blues'., The Beatles went to Ireland to
make their only two appearances ever in the country Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner
Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing and The Rolling Stones kicked off their 6th North American
tour at Fort Collins state University, Colorado.
In 1981, Hall and Oates started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, Shakin' Stevens went to
No.1 on the album chart for one week with 'Shaky.' In 2002, Whitney Houston's husband, Bobby Brown
was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, and in 2004, Elton John turned the air blue live
on BBC Radio 1
1952, The first ever UK pop chart was published by the New Musical Express. 1963, Dusty Springfield set
out on her first UK solo tour1965, The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For
Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. and in 1969, 'Something' the first
Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the UK singles chart. In 1975, Elton John was
named Godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son Sean. In 2000 Spice Girl Mel C made a foul-mouthed
attack on Westlife, calling them 'a useless bunch of talentless tossers' and ' in 2007, four men were
arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after Police raided a house in Camden, London
belonging to singer Amy Winehouse.
1955, The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings cutting 1958, Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog',
exceeded three million copies sold in the USA, 1959, Johnny Mathis started a five-week run at No.1 on
the US album chart with 'Heavenly'. In 1961, Brian Epstein saw The Beatles playing live for the first time
during a lunchtime session at The Cavern Liverpool, 1965, Wilson Pickett made his UK live debut 1966,
John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time 1967, the first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was
published in San Francisco. 1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive went to No.1 on the US singles chart with
'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet',1996, Robson and Jerome scored their third UK No.1 single 1999, Gary
Glitter appeared at Bristol Crown Court, England charged with seducing and sexually humiliating a 14
year-old girl. 2003, Kylie Minogue scored her seventh UK No.1 single with 'Slow.' UK boy band Blue
scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘Guilty.’ [more] 2004, a Dutch man was jailed for nine months for
harassing former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm. The unnamed 39-year-old sent the singer parcels, letters
and tapes during 2001. 2008, Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Out of Control’, the
girl groups fifth studio album.
November 10th: On this Day
1955, Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee. 1958, Soul
singer Sam Cooke was injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas. 1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK
singles chart with 'His Latest Flame/Little Sister.'
1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in
London. 1973, Elton John started a eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick
Road', the singers third US No.1. 1975, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Space Oddity.
1979, Fleetwood Mac scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Tusk' and The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles
chart with 'Heartache Tonight'. 1984, Former Rufus singer Chaka Khan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart
with 'I Feel For You.' Written by Prince, the song featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica.
1997, American session guitarist Tommy Tedesco died of lung cancer aged 67. Described by "Guitar Player"
magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The
Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam
Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. And played on many TV themes including Bonanza, The Twilight
Zone, M*A*S*H and Batman.
2002, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Unbreakable' the Irish boy bands record breaking 11th
[2007, the mother of Kanye West died after complications following surgery at the age of 58. and Carrie
Underwood was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Carnival Ride’, the US Country pop singers second album and
2008, Coldplay were declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards held in Monaco.
November 11th: On this Day
1954, Bill Haley scored his first US Top ten single with 'Shake Rattle And Roll'. 1955, Elvis Presley was voted the
most promising new country & western artist by Billboard magazine. 1962, Frank Ifield was at No.1 on the UK
singles chart with 'Lovesick Blues',1969, the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona arrested Jim Morrison for drunk and
disorderly conduct aboard a plane. T 1971, BBC TV's Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. 1972, Gilbert
O'Sullivan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Clair', 1978, Donna Summer started a three week run at No.
1 on the US singles chart with her version of Jimmy Webb's 'MacArther Park', 1989, Chris Rea started a three-
week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Road To Hell.' 1989, Lisa Stansfield was at No.1 on the UK
singles chart with 'All Around The World'. 1995, Actors Robson and Jerome had their second UK No.1 single with
'I Believe/Up On The Roof', 1998, Irish singer Paddy Clancy of the Clancy Brothers died aged 76, 1999, Britney
Spears won four MTV Awards 2001, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Queen Of My Heart.'
2002, British Phonographic industry data showed that sales of singles were at their lowest level for 25 years,
making up for less than 10% of all music sold in the UK. 2004, Coldplay fan Sarah Sainsbury wrote to the band
asking for their autographs so she could sell them to raise funds at her school charity. Coldplay sent her a triple
platinum disc worth over £4,000. 2004, Liza Minnelli's former bodyguard accused the singer of forcing him to
have sex with her in order to keep his job, UK's first music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London. One act had
been chosen by TV viewers of a Channel 4 program to represent each decade since the 1950s. Williams
represented the 1990s, Michael Jackson the 1980s, Queen the 1970s, the Rolling Stones the 1960s, and Cliff
Richard the 1950s. 2007, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Back Home’
November 14th: On this Day
1960, Ray Charles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Georgia On My Mind', a No.24 hit in the
UK, 1969, 'Sugar Sugar' by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the
longest running one hit wonder in the UK with eight week's at the top of the charts. in 1981, The Police
had their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'and in 1987, T'Pau started a
five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'China In Your Hand'. In 1995, Blur brought chaos to
traffic in central London, England when over 3,000 fans turned up for a signing at 'Book's Etc' in Charring
Cross Road, in 1999, Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'She's The One / It's
Only Us', and in 2004, The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former
record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. In 1936, Freddie Garrity, was born to
become the vocalist with Freddie & The Dreamers.
November 16th: On this Day 1962,
The Beatles recorded their second appearance on Radio Luxembourg, for the program The Friday
Spectacular. 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Electric
Ladyland'. 1974, John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The
Night.' 1976, Squeeze appeared at The Greyhound, Fulham, London. Admission was free. Beach Boy
Brian Wilson gave his first formal interview for eight years on the UK BBC 2, TV show 'Old Grey Whistle
Test.' 1983, Frankie Goes To Hollywood kicked off a seven date UK tour at Eves, Wolverhampton. 1985,
Former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey had his only UK No.1 single with the Maria McKee song 'A
Good Heart' written about about her relationship with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboard player
Benmont Tench. 1985, Starship started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Built This
City',1991, Irish singer Enya scored her first UK No.1 album with 'Shepherd Moons' 1996, The Beatles
'Anthology 3' went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK album chart
with their debut release 'Spice Girls.' The Backstreet Boys kicked off a 14 date UK tour at the Newport
Centre in Wales. 1997, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album
'Spiceworld.' Grady Owen guitarist with Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps died. 2000, English pianist and
composer Russ Conway died. 2000, Elton John told a London High Court that his former lover and
manager John Reid betrayed him over touring costs. 2002, Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman
hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
2006, Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official
UK Charts Company. The Beatles occupied second place with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.’
2008, Il Divo went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Promise
November 17th: On this Day
1957, Harry Belafonte was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mary's Boy Child,' 1962, The Four
Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Big Girls Don't Cry', in the UK.
1963, John Weightman the Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, banned all pupils from having
Beatle haircuts saying, "this ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look
like morons." 1966, The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Good Vibrations.' 1976,
the opening night of a UK tour by The Carpenters at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, two shows 6.45, and 9.30,
both shows were completely sold out. (The tour was cancelled the year before due to Karen's illness).
1985, Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Make It Big' and No.1 on the US singles chart
with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go'. 1992, at the end of a long battle to claim royalties Jimmy
Merchant and Herman Santiago ex of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, received an estimated $4
million in back payments from the song 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'. 2000, it was reported that Andy
White who played drums on The Beatles track 'Love Me Do' which was featured on the new Beatles
Greatest Hits album would not earn enough from it to buy his own copy. White would get no more than his
original session fee of £7. 2003, American soul singer Arthur Conley died of intestinal cancer in Ruurlo,
The Netherlands at the age of 57. Had the 1967 US No.2 & UK No.7 single 'Sweet Soul Music'. 2003,
American country music legend Don Gibson died of natural causes aged 75. Scored the 1958 US No.7
single 'Oh Lonesome Me', (covered by Neil Young on his After The Gold Rush album), 1961 UK No.14
single 'Sea Of Heartbreak'. His song ‘I Can't Stop Loving You’, has been recorded by over 700 artists,
most notably by Ray Charles in 1962. 2007, The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Long
Road Out Of Eden’
November 19th: On this Day 1955, Carl Perkins recorded 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis.
1964, The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a UK No.1 single when 'Baby Love' went to
the top of the charts. 1967, The Bee Gees, The Flowerpot Men and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band all
appeared at the Saville Theatre, London, England. 1979, Chuck Berry was released from prison after
serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.1983, Tom Evans from Badfinger committed suicide by
hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree. 1983, Tina Turner made her first chart appearance
in over ten years with her version of the Al Green hit 'Let's Stay Together'. 1988, Robin Beck was at No.
1 on the UK singles chart with 'First Time.' 1995, English singer-songwriter and founding member of folk
rock band, Lindisfarne Alan Hull died of a heart attack aged 50. 2000, The Beatles started an eleven-
week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Beatles 1'. 2002, safety experts blasted Michael
Jackson after dangling his baby from a third-floor hotel balcony. 2003, police issued an arrest warrant for
Michael Jackson following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. 2004, record producer Terry
Melcher, who was behind hits by the Byrds, Ry Cooder and the Beach Boys, died aged 62 after a long
battle with skin cancer. The son of actress Doris Day, he co-wrote ‘Kokomo’ for the Beach Boys,
produced 'Mr Tambourine Man' for the Byrds, as well as hits for The Mamas and the Papas. 2005,
former glam rock star Gary Glitter was arrested in Vietnam after being detained at Ho Chi Minh airport
as he tried to board a plane to Bangkok. 2006, A guitar played by George Harrison was set to fetch more
than £100,000 at a London auction. The Maton MS500 guitar was used on The Beatles first album.
November 20th: On this Day
1955, The song that changed popular music history 'Rock Around The Clock' by Bill Haley & His Comets went to
No.1 on the UK singles chart.. Bo Diddley appeared on US The Ed Sullivan Show television show. 1965, The
Supremes had their sixth US No.1 single with 'I Hear A Symphony' it peaked at No.39 in the UK.. 1971, Isaac
Hayes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Theme From Shaft', 1973, American musician,
parodist, satirist Allan Sherman died of emphysema ten days before his 49th birthday. Had the 1963 US No.2 & UK
No.14 single 'Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah'. 1976, '22 Golden Guitar Greats' by Bert Weedon went to No.1 on the
UK album chart. 1979, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'No More
Tears, Enough Is Enough', it made No.3 in the UK. 1984, a large crowd of fans watched the unveiling of a
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Michael Jackson in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Jackson
became star number 1,793 on the famed walk.
2000, Spice Girl Mel C announced she was quitting the group during a TV interview on the ITV Frank Skinner
show. 2003, Michael Jackson flew to Santa Barbara to be arrested by police. He was seen in handcuffs being taken
into the police station. 2004, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was fined £40,000 after a fight in a German hotel. 2005,
Robbie Williams smashed a Guinness World Record by selling more than 1.6 million tickets for his 2006 World
Tour in one day. The tickets, snapped up on the first day of sale, were valued at an estimated £80 million.
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.'
1960, The Beatles played at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg, Germany without George Harrison. Harrison had
been deported on this day for being underage (he was 17) and not legally allowed to remain in a nightclub after
midnight. 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. 1981, Olivia Newton John started a ten week run at No.1 in the US singles chart
with 'Physical', 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. 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,
1999, Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'All The Way...A Decade Of Songs', her fourth UK No.
1 album. 2001, UK pop mogul Jonathan King was jailed for seven years for sex attacks on five boys. 2003, record
producer Phil Spector appeared before a California court and was formally charged with murder.
November 22nd: On this Day
1957, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1963, The Beatles released their second album 'With The Beatles' which spent 51 weeks on the UK charts. 1967, Long John Baldry
was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Let The Heartaches Begin', the singers only UK No.1. 1968, The Beatles double White
album was released in the UK.
1975, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a parody of the Dolly Parton song D.I.V.O.R.C.E.
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)', 1976, Jerry
Lee Lewis was arrested for drunk driving after driving his rolls Royce into a ditch. 1980, Abba scored their sixth UK No.1 album when
'Super Trouper' started a nine week run at the top of the charts. 1982, UK group Japan announced they were splitting up. 1986, The
Human League went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Human'
1997, INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney.
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. 2004, Ozzy Osbourne struggled with a
burglar who escaped with jewellery worth about £2m from his Buckinghamshire mansion. 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. 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.
November 23rd: On this Day
1899, The world's first jukebox was installed at San Francisco's' Palais Royal Hotel. 1962, The Beatles travelled to St. James' Church
Hall, London, for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. 1974, Elton John started an 11-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with
his 'Greatest Hits', album. 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.
1985, American blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack aged 75. Wrote 'Shake Rattle and Roll'. 1991, Michael Bolton scored
his second US No.1 single with his version of the Percy Sledge song 'When A Man Loves A Woman', a No.8 hit in the UK. 1991,
Michael Jackson had his fourth UK No.1 single with 'Black or White'. 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', 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'. 2003, Westlife scored their twelfth UK No.1 single with their version of the 1975 Barry Manilow song 'Mandy'. 2008, Leona
Lewis was at No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut album ‘Spirit’.
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. 1961, Blues
singer Howlin Wolf arrived in London for his first UK tour. 1964, The first commercial radio station in the UK, Radio Manx based on
The Isle of Man started broadcasting. 1966, The Beatles get together for the first time since their return from the summer tour of the
United States, ready to record a new album. 1973, Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Photograph'. 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). 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. 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.1993, American blues guitarist and singer Albert
Collins died of lung cancer aged 61. Known as “The master of the telecaster”.2002, Robbie Williams started a five week run at No.1 on
the UK album chart with ‘Escapology’. 2003, 'Agadoo' by Black Lace was named the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers.
2004, former US American Idol winner Ruben Studdard was taken to hospital, suffering from exhaustion. The 26-year-old was in his
Alabama hometown when he was taken ill. 2005, Bob Geldof called for fair trade at an awards event in Rome that recognised his
antipoverty efforts. "Africa must be allowed to trade itself out of poverty," he said as he received the Man of Peace award from the
former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. 2006, winners at this year’s American Music Awards included, Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot
Chili Peppers, Shakira, 2007, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his multi-million pound house in a wildfire that swept through
Malibu. 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.
November 25th: On this Day
1958, Lord Rockinghams XI were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hoot's Mon' 1961, The Everly Brothers started active service for
the 8th Battalion Marine Corps Reserves 1965, The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Carnival Is Over', the
group's second No.1. 1968, The Beatles double White album was released in the US. 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE to The
Queen 1972, Chuck Berry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Ding a-Ling' 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?’ 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. 2001, S Club 7
scored their fourth UK No.1 single with 'Have You Ever.' The Children In Need charity recording was their 4th and last No.1. 2003,
Michael Jackson launched a website to defend himself following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. 2003, Glen
Campbell was arrested in Phoenix Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. 2003, Meat Loaf
underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. 2005, Take
That announced that they were to reform for a tour 2005, authorities in Vietnam extended Gary Glitter's detention by four months
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. 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.
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.
1962, The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’
1967, the promotional film of The Beatles 'Hello, Goodbye' was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. 1968, Cream played their
farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1973, John Rostill former bassist with The Shadows died after being electrocuted at his home recording studio. 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'. It peaked at No.38 on the UK
charts. 1977, 'The Sound Of Bread' by Bread went to No.1 on the UK album chart. 1989, The Rolling Stones played a concert at
Death Valley Stadium in Clenson, South Carolina to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Hugo. 1990, the inaugural
Billboard Music Awards were held in Santa Monica, California. Janet Jackson was the main winner of the night. 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. 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.' 2003, rapper Soulja Slim was shot to death in front of his home in New Orleans aged 25. 2006, Westlife went to No.1 on the UK
album chart with 'The Love Album' the Irish boy bands sixth UK No.1 album. 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 Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, took his
own life at the age of 27.
Music Stuff November 27th
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.’ Jolly spiffing. These
Northern chappies are quite good.
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.” It is silly that we judge people by their hairstyles isn’t it?
1965, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Whipped Cream & Other Delights’. I loved Herb Alpert’s
1966, The New Vaudeville Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Winchester Cathedral’, it made No.4 in the UK. Very
English in its concept.
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. George played
a beautiful guitar and seemed the gentle Beatle to me.
1976, ’20 Golden Greats’ by Glen Campbell started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
Glen had some lovely songs
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. It seems funny that a punk band should back the BPI
although they had a very political lead singer….
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’. A seemingly nice man who is an adopted Brit
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. I’ve overlooked
how good a group Bon Jovi have become
1997, a disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of 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. If this doesn’t indicate how
influential musicians can be nothing does
2001, Elvis Presley was inducted into The Gospel Association Hall Of Fame. Quite rightly as his voice had a gospel influence from the
very early years of his career.
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.Not bad for a group ofr
elderly long-haired musicians….
2004, UK music weekly the NME featured a ‘Cool List’…….read for yourself and decide
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. How the other half lives……
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.In brief. He was a legend and part of the story of the evolution of
British pop music.
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. I have to say that 50 years is quite a
long time for royalties to accrue…if the money had been invested properly and compound interest is investigated…
November 28th: On this Day
1954, Winifred Atwell was at No.1 1960, Elvis Presley started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome
Tonight', 1963, 'She Loves You' by The Beatles returned to No.1 for the second time on the UK singles chart. 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.' 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. 1992, Whitney Houston started a record-breaking fourteen-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Will Always Love
You', 1999, Cliff Richard started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Millennium Prayer' 2000, David Bowie was
crowned the musician's musician. 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. 2002, Britney Spears ended her partnership in the restaurant at the
Dylan Hotel, New York 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."
November 29th: On this Day
1959, Frank Sinatra won best new artist of the year at the Grammy Awards.
1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany after being arrested on suspicion of arson after the hotel room
they were staying in mysteriously caught fire. 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. [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. 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. 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. 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. 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, Former 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’. 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
November 30th: On this Day 1954, Nat King Cole played the first of six nights at Harlem's Apollo in New York. 1959, Adam Faith was
at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'What Do You Want.' 1963, The Beatles second album 'With The Beatles' became the first
million selling album by a group in the UK. [more] 1968, Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No. 1 on the US album chart with
'Wichita Lineman.' 1969, The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years. 1971, Sly And The Family Stone
were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Family Affair',1974, Elton John started a ten-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with
his 'Greatest Hits'. 1985, Wham! Were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Your Man' 1991, Michael Jackson scored his fourth
UK No.1 album with 'Dangerous.' 1996, Robson and Jerome went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Take Two.'
1997, Chumbawamba's Danbert Nobacon was arrested by Italian police for wearing a skirt and was detained in police cells overnight.
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. 2001, the first Top of the Pops UK Awards were held in Manchester, with categories
voted by viewers of the BBC show. 2002, High Court probate records showed that George Harrison left his fortune of £99m in a trust to
his wife Oliva and his son Dhani, depriving the taxman of £40m. 2003, Irish boyband Westlife went to No.1 on the UK album chart with
‘Turnaround’ their fourth UK No.1 album. 2005, Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A
drugs 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). 2008, Take That went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Greatest Day', their 11th UK No.1. Taken
from their 2008 album The Circus.