Here’s what happened on November 1st in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1955, R&B group The Famous Flames, lead by singer James Brown, cut their first demo of ‘Please, Please, Please’ at a radio station in Macon Georgia. It would lead to their signing with King Records.
- 1966, The Doors played the first night of a month long residency at the Ondine Discotheque, Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
- 1968, George Harrison released his first solo album, ‘Wonderwall Music’ on the Apple label. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees.
- 1969, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Suspicious Minds’, his 18th US No.1 single. A No.2 hit in the UK.
- 1969, The Beatles scored their 13th US No.1 album with Abbey Road. The final studio recordings from the group featured two songs; ‘Something’ & ‘Here Comes The Sun’. The cover supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo, black suit), the Corpse (Paul, barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim shirt).
- 1980, Bruce Springsteen scored his first No.1 US album with ‘The River’, featuring the US No.5 & UK No.44 single ‘Hungry Heart.’
- 1993, Flavor Flav from Public Enemy was arrested charged with attempted murder of his neighbour. Flav claimed he had sex with his girlfriend.
- 1996, U2 set up a video link to an internet site from their recording studio in Dublin so fans could watch them record their new album.
- 2000, Robbie Williams offered to donate his bone marrow to save a fan’s life after meeting leukaemia suffer Johanna MacVicar. Williams asked his fans to sign up as potential donors after being told of the desperate shortage of male donors.
- 2004, 61-year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance, when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with ‘I, Who Have Nothing’.
- 2008, US drummer and singer Jimmy Carl Black died. Was a member of The Keys, The Soul Giants, The Mothers Of Invention and Jimmy Carl Black And The Mannish Boys. Also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead and The Turtles.
Born on this day:
- 1940, Born on this day, Sgt Barry Sadler, (1966 US No.1 single ‘The Ballad Of The Green Berets’). He died on 5th November 1989.
- 1946, Born on this day, Rick Grech, bass, Family, Traffic, (1970 US No.15 & UK No.11 album ‘John Barleycorn Must die’). Blind Faith, (1969 UK & US No.1 album ‘Blind Faith’). And member of Airforce. Grech died on 17th March 1990.
- 1949, Born on this day, David Foster, Canadian musician, producer, composer and arranger who has worked with: Bee Gees, John Lennon, Michael Buble, Clay Aiken, C’line Dion, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill, The Corrs, George Harrison, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Richard Marx, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Julio Iglesias and Madonna.
- 1954, Born on this day, Chris Morris, guitar, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The Night Chicago Died’).
- 1957, Born on this day, Lyle Lovett, Country singer, married actress Julia Roberts, supported Dire Straits on their 1990 world tour.
- 1962, Born on this day, Anthony Kiedis, singer and co-founder of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Had the 1992 UK No.26 single ‘Under The Bridge’, 2002 UK No.1 album By The Way and 2006 No.1 album Stadium Arcadium. In 2004, he published his autobiography, titled Scar Tissue, which became a New York Times Best Seller.
- 1963, Born on this day, Rick Allen, drums, Def Leppard, (1987 UK No.6 single ‘Animal’, and 1987 world wide No.1 album Hysteria 1988 US No.1 single ‘Love Bites’). Allen lost his left arm in an accident after crashing his Corvette Stingray on the A57 outside Sheffield in England in 1984.