Home Day In Music History This day in rock history: Nov 19th

This day in rock history: Nov 19th

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George Harrison
George Harrison

  • 1955, Carl Perkins recorded ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock ‘n’ roll classic became a US No.2 & UK No.10 hit for Perkins in 1956, and has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
  • 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. Written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was also the second of five Supremes songs in a row to go to No.1 in the United States.
  • 1976, UK music weekly Sounds made the Sex Pistols debut 45, ‘Anarchy In The UK’ its single of the week.
  • 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. Family members said the singer, songwriter was never able to get over his former bandmate’s Pete Ham’s suicide. Evans co-wrote ‘Without You’ a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey.
  • 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, Bon Jovi started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with lead single from the band’s album New Jersey, ‘Bad Medicine’, which became the group’s third US No.1, and a No.17 hit in the UK.
  • 1990, Pia King the wife of Level 42 main-man Mark King was granted a ‘quickie’, divorce after her husband ran of with their children’s nanny.
  • 2000, The Beatles started an eleven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Beatles 1’. The album features virtually every number-one single released from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band’s break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD. The world’s best-selling album of the 21st century, 1 has sold over 31 million copies.
  • 2001, Scott Weiland lead singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested after allegedly fighting with his wife at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas. Weiland was booked on one count of domestic battery and was released 12 hours later. The band had performed at the club that night.
  • 2003, English bassist player Greg Ridley died from pneumonia. He was a member of the VIP’s with Keith Emerson, Spooky Tooth, and Humble Pie who had the 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. He formed Strange Brew with Clem Clempson and Cozy Powell.
  • 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. Police said Glitter was being held under suspicion of committing lewd acts with two girls under the age of 18.
  • 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.
  • 2012, Two farmers were found not guilty of health and safety offences after a giant hay bale crushed former ELO cellist Mike Edwards to death. He was killed instantly when the 600kg bale rolled down a field and landed on his van near Totnes in Devon in September 2010. In March 2011 in Plymouth an inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr Edwards.

Born on this day:

  • 1937, Born on this day, Ray Collins, vocals, Frank Zappa band. Collins was the lead singer on the band’s first two albums: Freak Out! (1966), and Absolutely Free (1967). Collins died on 24th Dec 2012.
  • 1939, Born on this day, Pete Moore, The Miracles, (1970 UK & US No.1 single with Smokey Robinson, ‘The Tears Of A Clown’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, Eddie Rayner, keyboards, Split Enz, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘I Got You’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Fred Lipsius, piano, sax, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Joe Correro, Paul Revere and the Raiders, (1971 US No.1 single ‘Indian Reservation’, plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles).
  • 1960, Born on this day in Mission Viejo, California, was drummer Matt Sorum, who was a member of The Cult before joining Guns N’ Roses (as Steven Adler’s replacement) and then Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Justin Chancellor, Peach, Tool, (2001 US No.1 album ‘Lateralus’).

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