Home Day In Music History THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY: NOV 16TH

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY: NOV 16TH

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David Essex
David Essex

  • 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Electric Ladyland’. The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and featured guest appearances by Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Al Kooper. Barry Ryan was at No.1 on the Disc & Echo UK singles chart with ‘Elosie’.
  • 1968, Led Zeppelin played their first ever show in the North of England when they appeared at Manchester College of Science & Technology. Zeppelin were paid £225 for the gig.
  • 1974, David Essex was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Gonna Make You A Star’, the singers first UK No.1.
  • 1974, John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No.1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.
  • 1985, Former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey had his only UK No.1 single with the Maria McKee song ‘A Good Heart’ written about her relationship with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboard player Benmont Tench. Sharkey followed up the single with Tench written ‘You Little Thief’, this time about Tench’s relationship with McKee.
  • 1985, U2 launched their own record label ‘Mother Records.’ The intent was ‘to unearth fresh musical talent in Ireland’ and the label released several one-off single releases for The Hothouse Flowers, In Tua Nua and Cactus World News amongst others.
  • 1996, The Beatles ‘Anthology 3’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. The album included rarities and alternative tracks from the final two years of the band’s career, ranging from the initial sessions for The Beatles (also known as The White Album) to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in later 1969 and early 1970.
  • 2000, Elton John told a London High Court that his former lover and manager John Reid betrayed him over touring costs. The singer said Reid, had been “caught with his hands in the till”. Elton was suing Andrew Haydon, former managing director of John Reid Enterprises, his management company alleging Haydon was negligent in allowing JREL to charge him “several millions” in overseas tour expenses.
  • 2006, Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official UK Charts Company. The chart which was made up of sales figures from the last fifty years showed their Greatest Hits compilation had sold 5,407,587 copies. The Beatles occupied second place with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.
  • 2014, U2 singer Bono was involved in what doctors called a “high energy bicycle accident.” The singer was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s emergency department and underwent five hours of surgery. The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

Born on this day:

  • 1916, Born on this day, Herb Abramson, producer, songwriter and co-founder of Atlantic records. Poduced Tommy Tucker’s 1964 hit ‘High Heeled Sneakers.’ He died on 9th November 1999.
  • 1938, Born on this day, Troy Seals, James Brown Band, (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single ‘It’s A Man’s World’, 1986 UK No.5 single ‘Living In America’, 1963 album ‘Live At The Apollo’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Winfred Lovett, vocals, The Manhattans, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Kiss And Say Goodbye’).
  • 1962, Born on this day, Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, bass, The Stone Roses, (1989 UK No.8 single ‘Fool’s Gold’, 1989 album ‘The Stone Roses’), Primal Scream, (1994 UK No.7 single ‘Rocks’).
  • 1964, Diana Krall, Canadian singer, songwriter. Has become one of the best selling jazz artists of all-time. Nominated for Album of the Year at the 2000 Grammy. Won three Juno awards in 2002, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
  • 1965, Born on this day, David Kushner, guitarist, Velvet Revolver, (2004 US No.1 & UK No.11 album ‘Contraband’).
  • 1969, Born on this day, Bryan Abrams, Color Me Bad, (1991 UK No.1 single ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’, 1991 US No.1 single ‘I Adore Mi Amor’).

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