November 11th: On this day
1954, Bill Haley scored his first US Top ten single with ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’. He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner.
1957, Elvis Presley appeared at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, this was Presley’s last concert of the 50’s. Presley served in the United States Army between March 1958 and March 1960 and at the time of his draft he was one of the most well-known names in the world of entertainment.
1965, The final recording session for The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul’s ‘You Won’t See Me’ and John’s ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. Rubber Soul was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3 in the UK and December 6 in the US.
1969, The FBI in Phoenix, Arizona arrested Jim Morrison for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer who was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with actor Tom Baker had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses. The pair spent the night in jail and were released on $2,500 bail.
1971, BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. The UK chart show was presented by Tony Blackburn with guests; Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla Black, The Piglets, Clodagh Rodgers and The Newbeats.
1972, The Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old.
1972, Gilbert O’Sullivan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Clair’, the singers first of two UK No.1’s. The Irish singer songwriter would dress as a 1920s worker in flat cap, braces and baggy trousers.
1973, Thirty US radio stations broadcasted a ‘live’ Mott The Hoople concert. In reality it was the band recorded in the studio with the applause dubbed in.
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’, also a hit for actor Richard Harris in 1968, (made No.5 in the UK). Also on this day Summer went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Live And More’.
1978, The Cars released ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’, the first picture-disc single commercially available, which went on to be a No.3 hit on the UK charts.
1978, David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowies first ever show in Australia.
1982, Prince kicked off his 87-date ‘1999’ North American tour at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1983, Mick Jagger appeared on the UK TV show The Tube to defend the video to The Rolling Stones latest single Undercover Of The Nightwhich had been banned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority. The Tube aired the video, minus the scene where Mick was shot through the head. The single peaked at No.8 on the UK chart
1986, Pink Floyd issued a press statement stating that they intend to continue using the name without Roger Waters and were recording their next album.
1989, Chris Rea started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Road To Hell.’ The iconic album cover features art by the English artist, Adrian Chesterman who was also responsible for creating cover art for, amongst others, Motörhead for their 1979 ‘Bomber’ album.
1989, Lisa Stansfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Around The World’. The British singers debut solo single was a No.1 hit in 11 other countries and a No.3 hit in the US.
1990, A 21 year-old AC/DC fan died after being attacked outside the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey where the band were playing a gig that night.
1995, Actors Robson and Jerome had their second UK No.1 single when ‘I Believe/Up On The Roof’, started a four week run at the top of the charts.
1995, The Smashing Pumpkins double album ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ went to No.1 on the US chart.
1998, Irish singer Paddy Clancy of the Clancy Brothers died aged 76, he wrote the classic Irish songs ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ and ‘Carrickfergus.’
1999, Britney Spears won four MTV Awards; Best Female Singer, Best Pop Act, Best Song, ‘…Baby One More Time’, Best Breakthrough Artist. Best Rock Act went to The Offspring, Best Male Act, Will Smith and Bono won the Free Your Mind award.
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, court documents revealed. M’hammed Soumayah was suing Minnelli for $100m damages, saying she made “many repeated attempts” to compel him into sex and he “eventually succumbed”.
2004, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones and Queen were inducted into the 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.
2006, Grammy-nominated R&B star Gerald Levert died of a heart attack aged 40. The singer who was the son of O’Jays vocalist Eddie Levert, first found fame with the R&B trio LeVert, and scored a UK top 10 single with Casanova in 1987.
2009, David Gilmour received an honorary doctorate from the Anglia Ruskin University, England. Gilmour had attended Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, now part of Anglia Ruskin University, which has campuses in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and Chelmsford, Essex.
2011, The four original band members of Black Sabbath announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album followed by a world tour in 2012.
2014, Big Bank Hank (Henry Lee Jackson), from The Sugarhill Gang died aged 58 from kidney complications due to cancer. The Sugarhill Gang were the first hip hop act to have a hit with the cross-over single ‘Rapper’s Delight’ in the pop charts in 1979.
2014, A collection of dresses and outfits worn by Madonna during her career in music and film helped a celebrity auction raise $3.2m (£2m). The highest lot was a jacket from Desperately Seeking Susan, which fetched $252,000, while a gown from her Material Girl video reached $73,125. Other lots which attracted the bidders were a pair of John Lennon’s spectacles which sold for $25,000 (£15,751) and a ring worn by Elvis Presley for $57,600 (£36,291).
2015, Phil Taylor better known as “Philthy Animal” Taylor and drummer with Motorhead died aged 61. He was in the The classic mark IV Motörhead line-up of Lemmy, Taylor, and Fast Eddie Clarke who recorded ten studio albums and the live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith.
November 11th: Born on this day
1927, Born on this day, Mose Allison, singer, songwriter, pianist, blues artist, his songs have been covered by The Who John Mayall, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame.
1929, Born on this day, Lavern Baker, R&B singer, (1958 US No.6 single ‘I Cried A Tear’). Died 10th March 1997.
1936, Born on this day, Opal Courtney Jr, singer with 50’s doo-wop group The Spaniels. Their 1954 hit ‘Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight’ was featured in such films as Three Men and a Baby, Diner and American Graffiti. Died on 18th Sept 2008.
1938, Born on this day, Roger Lavern, keyboards, The Tornadoes, (1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’). The first major hit from a UK act on the American chart.
1945, Born on this day, Vince Martell, guitar, Vanilla Fudge, (1968 US No.6 single ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’).
1946, Born on this day, Chip Hawkins, Tremeloes, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Do You Love Me’, 1967 US No.11 single ‘Silence Is Golden’). Father of singer & actor Chesney Hawkes.
1946, Born on this day, Chris Dreja, guitar, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’).
1947, Born on this day, Pat Daugherty, Black Oak Arkansas, (70’s US No.1 radio hit single ‘Jim Dandy To The Rescue’).
1950, Born on this day, Jim Peterik, guitar, keyboards, vocals, Ides Of March, (1970 US No.2 single ‘Vehicle), Survivor, (1982 US & UK No.1 single ‘Eye Of The Tiger’).
1952, Born on this day, Paul Cowsill, The Cowsills, (1967 US No.2 single ‘The Rain, The Park & Other Things’, 1969 US No.2 single the theme from ‘Hair’). TV’s Partridge Family was based on the family.
1953, Born on this day, Andy Partridge, singer, songwriter, guitarist, XTC, (1982 UK No.10 single ‘Senses Working Overtime’).
1956, Born on this day, Ian Craig Marsh, keyboards, Heaven 17, (1983 UK No.2 single ‘Temptation’), Human League, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t You Want Me’ plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles).
1957, Born on this day, Mike Mesaros, US group, The Smithereens, (1988 US No.41 album ‘Smithereens 11).
1957, Born on this day, Tony Gad, Aswad, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Turn Around’).
1969, Born on this day, Gary Powell, drummer, The Libertines, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘The Libertines’). Played with the New York Dolls for their 2004 reunion shows, Dirty Pretty Things, (2006 UK No.3 album ‘Waterloo to Anywhere’).
1973, Born on this day, American musician Jason White, lead guitarist. He was a touring member of Green Day from 1999 until 2012 and played lead guitar in the majority of their live shows. During late 2012 he became an official member of the band, with Green Day becoming a four-piece group.
1974, Born on this day, Stephen Garrett (Static Major), American R&B singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer Also a member of the R&B trio Playa. Static Major gained posthumous fame for appearing in Lil Wayne’s 2008 No.1 hit Lollipop. Garrett died on Feb 25th 2008 at his home in Louisville, Kentucky.