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This Day In Rock History: Dec 7th

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Tom Waites
Tom Waites

  • 1963, The Beatles second album ‘With The Beatles’ started a 21-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album ‘Please Please me’ which had been at the top of the charts since it’s release 30 weeks previously. Also today, all four Beatles appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Juke Box Dury’. Some of the songs The Beatles judged were ‘Kiss Me Quick’ by Elvis Presley, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ by the Swinging Blue Jeans. ‘Did You Have a Happy Birthday’ by Paul Anka and ‘Where Have You Been All My Life’ by Gene Vincent.
  • 1964, On his first tour of the UK Jerry Lee Lewis with The Yardbirds, Twinkle and The Quite Five appeared at The Town Hall In Birmingham.
  • 1967, Otis Redding went into the studio to record ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’. The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn’t see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash. Redding wrote the first verse of the song, under the abbreviated title ‘Dock of the Bay’, on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito, California a short time after his appearance at The Monterey pop festival. Redding’s familiar whistling, heard before the song’s fade was the singer fooling around, he had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add words in place of the whistling.
  • 1967, The Beatles Apple boutique on 94 Baker Street, London, opened its doors. The store closed seven months later when it fell foul of council objections over the psychedelic mural painted on the outside. All the goods from the shop were given away free to passers by and to people who had queued throughout the night for a chance of getting a free item.
  • 1974, Barry White was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’, the singers first UK No.1. Originally written in the 1950’s as a country song with the title ‘You’re My First, You’re My Last, My In-Between.’
  • 1974, Carl Douglas started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kung Fu Fighting’. The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million.
  • 1979, The Police had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Walking on the Moon’, taken from their second album ‘Reggatta De Blanc’. The video for the song was filmed at Kennedy Space Center interspersed with NASA footage.
  • 1985, Mr Mister started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Broken Wings’, a UK No.4 hit.
  • 1991, U2 went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Achtung Baby’. Featuring ‘One’, Zoo Station’, ‘The Fly’ and ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’.
  • 1997, Shane MacGowen spent the night in police cells after being arrested in Liverpool. He was charged after throwing a mike stand into the crowd and injuring a fan.
  • 2005, The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James’ Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, “Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon.” Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.
  • 2007, Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano.

Born on this day:

  • 1942, Born on this day, Harry Chapin, US singer, songwriter, (1974 UK No.34 single ‘W.O.L.D. & 1974 US No.1 single ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’). Killed on 16th July 1981, when a tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was driving.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Tom Waits, US singer, songwriter, actor, (1980 album ‘Heart Attack And Vine’, as used in a Levi’s TV ad. Wrote ‘Ol’ 55′, 1974 US No.17 single for The Eagles). Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Paul Young have all covered his songs.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Tim Butler, bass, Psychedelic Furs, (1986 UK No.18 single ‘Pretty In Pink’).
  • 1961, Born on this day, Robert Downes, guitar, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single ‘Big Area’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Huw Chadbourne, keyboards, Babybird, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘You’re Gorgeous’, 1996 UK No. 9 album ‘Ugly Beautiful’).
  • 1965, Born on this day, Brian Futter, guitar, Catherine Wheel, (1992 UK No.35 single ‘I Want To Touch You’).
  • 1973, Born on this day, Damien Rice, Irish singer, songwriter, former member of Juniper, now solo, (2003 album ‘O’ featuring the single ‘Cannonball’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘9’).
  • 1988, Born on this day, Winston Marshall, banjoist in the Grammy Award winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

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