Home Day In Music History This day in rock history: Nov 12th

This day in rock history: Nov 12th

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Neil Young
Neil Young

  • 1956, Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Just Walking In The Rain.’ It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1. Written in 1952 by Johnny Bragg and Robert Riley, two prisoners at Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, after a comment made by Bragg as the pair crossed the courtyard while it was raining.
  • 1965, After changing his name from Toby Tyler to Marc Bolan,  the future T Rex star performed his first single ‘The Wizard’ on the UK TV show ‘Ready Steady Go!’
  • 1966, The Monkees debut album started a 13-week run at No.1 on the US album chart, selling over 3 million copies in three months.
  • 1968, UK book and record chain W.H. Smiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience album ‘Electric Ladyland’ due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints.
  • 1971, Led Zeppelin appeared at The Locarno, Sunderland, England, with tickets at 75p. The set included: ‘Immigrant Song’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’, ‘Rock And Roll’, ‘Stairway To Heaven’, ‘That’s The Way’, ‘Going To California’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘Dazed And Confused’, ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’, ‘Celebration Day’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and ‘Communication Breakdown’.
  • 1977, The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. the punk group’s only No.1 album. The album was met by a hail of controversy upon its release. The first problems involved the allegedly ‘obscene’ name of the album, resulting in the prosecution of the manager of the Nottingham Virgin record shop for having displayed it in a window. More outrage was sparked by the lyrics of the songs ‘God Save the Queen’ and ‘Anarchy in the UK.’
  • 1988, U2 started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their sixth studio album ‘Rattle And Hum’ which went on to sell over 14 million copies.
  • 1997, US singer, keyboard player Billy Preston was jailed for three years for possessing cocaine.
  • 1999, Gary Glitter was sentenced to four months in a Bristol prison after being found guilty of downloading child pornography from the Internet. He was released on 11th January 2000.
  • 1999, Oasis announced their new bass player was Andy Bell, the ex-Ride guitarist, who until recently looked set to join UK band Gay Dad.
  • 2001, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker made an appearance as a DJ at Pentonville Prison, North London as part of his club night ‘Desperate.’
  • 2001, The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison’s hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend’s home in Los Angeles on 29 November 2001, aged 58.
  • 2003, Drummer Tony Thompson, who had played drums with Led Zeppelin at Live Aid in 1985, died of cancer. He was most famous as the drummer with Chic, whose single ‘Le Freak’ hit No.1 in the US, and No.7 in the UK. He also played on David Bowie’s hit single ‘Let’s Dance’.
  • 2008, Mitch Mitchell, the British drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience was found dead in his US hotel room aged 61. Mitchell had been working with Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames when in 1966 he was invited to audition for a new band being formed to back Jimi Hendrix. During the 70’s Mitchell failed an audition for Paul McCartney’s new band, Wings.
  • 2014, After a high profile move by Taylor Swift to pull her entire back catalogue from the song-streaming service Spotify, their chief executive Daniel Ek’s defended its business model, saying it has paid out $2bn (£1.2bn) to the music industry to date.

Born on this day:

  • 1940, Born on this day, Screaming Lord Sutch, singer, politician and leader of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party. He was the first long-haired pop star – boasting hair over 18 inches long. His early records included Jack The Ripper and I’m A Hog For You Baby, he died on June 16th 1999. The self-styled lord – real name David Sutch – was Britain’s longest-serving political leader, standing in nearly 40 elections.
  • 1943, Born on this day, John Maus, vocals, The Walker Brothers, (1966 UK No.1 & US No. 13 single ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Booker T. Jones. Booker T and the MG’s, (1962 US No. 3 single ‘Green Onions’, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’).
  • 1945, Born on this day, Neil Young, Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist who as a member of Buffalo Springfield had the 1967 US No.17 single ‘For What It’s Worth’. Joined Crosby Stills Nash and Young who had the 1970 US No.1 and UK #5 album ‘DejVu’. As a solo artist Young scored the 1972 US No.1 and UK No.10 single Heart Of Gold, and his 1972 UK No.7 album Harvest spent 66 weeks on the UK chart.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Donald Roeser, (Buck Dharma), guitar, vocals, Blue Oyster Cult, (1976 US No.12 & 1978 UK No.16 single ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Errol Brown, singer, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’ plus over 25 other Top 40 hits). Brown died of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas on 6 May 2015.
  • 1955, Born on this day, Les McKeown, The Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bye Bye Baby’, plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, David Ellefson, Megadeth, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’).

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