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This day in rock history: Nov 20th

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  • 1955, The song that changed popular music history ‘Rock Around the Clock’  by Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle. The song entered the charts a further six times until 1974.
  • 1968, The Monkees film ‘Head’ opened in six US cities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
  • 1971, Isaac Hayes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Theme From Shaft’, it made No.4 in the UK. Hayes won a Grammy award for Best Original Film Score with ‘Theme From Shaft’.
  • 1974, Drummer with The Who, Keith Moon collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser. 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers.
  • 1976, Paul Simon hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live where he performed live with George Harrison on ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Homeward Bound’. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City watching the show on TV.
  • 1981, Prince played the first night on his 56-date North American ‘Controversy’ tour at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 1991, The Rolling Stones announced they’d signed a £20 million deal with Virgin Records, to make three albums over six years.
  • 1998, A study comparing noise levels of rock music, found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than younger people. The researchers carried out by Ohio University tested people age 18 to 21 and people ranging in age from 51 to 58. The study asked participants to rate the loudness of rock music played at nine intensities, ranging from 10 decibels to 90 decibels. Participants listened to ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different intensities. At each intensity, the older subjects gave the music higher numerical ratings based on loudness than the younger subjects.
  • 2002, Former Ultravox member Midge Ure was fined £500 and ordered to pay £35 costs by magistrates in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, after he admitted driving without due care and attention. The court heard that Ure was involved in a minor accident in Norfolk while driving his Chrysler people carrier to a concert near Fakenham where he was performing.
  • 2004, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was fined £40,000 after a fight in a German hotel. Gallagher was arrested along with drummer Alan White and three other members of the band’s entourage after the brawl in Munich in December 2002. Gallagher lost two front teeth in the fight, which led to the band abandoning their German tour.
  • 2005, Robbie Williams smashed a Guinness World Record by selling more than 1.6 million tickets for his 2006 World Tour in one day. The tickets, snapped up on the first day of sale, were valued at an estimated £80 million.
  • 2007, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke admitted he was among the thousands of people who paid nothing to download the band’s latest album In Rainbows. Speaking to BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Yorke said: “There wasn’t any point. I just move some money from one pocket to the other.” According to one survey, three in five people paid nothing at all for it. Yorke added that no one was allowed to have copies of the master recording in case it was leaked beforehand.

Born on this day:

  • 1946, Born on this day, Duane Allman, guitar, Allman Brothers Band, (1973 US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’). Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on 29th October 1971 in Macon, Georgia, when he collided with the rear of a flatbed truck that had turned in front of him.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Ray Stiles, Mud, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Joe Walsh, guitarist, singer, songwriter, The James Gang, The Eagles, joined in 1976, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). Solo, (1978 UK No.14 single ‘Life’s Been Good’).
  • 1957, Born on this day, Jim Brown, drums, with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other top 40 hits.
  • 1961, Born on this day, Paul King, vocals, King, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Love And Pride’) & VH 1 TV presenter.
  • 1962, Born on this day, Gail Ann Dorsey, American bass guitarist and vocalist. Worked with David Bowie from 1993-96, recorded and toured with Tears for Fears and has also worked with Bryan Ferry, Boy George, Gwen Stefani and Seal.
  • 1965, Born on this day, Mike Diamond, The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single ‘You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party’, 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album ‘Licence To Ill’, plus 3 other US No.1 albums).
  • 1975, Born on this day, David Marchand, (Davey Havok), lead vocalist of the American rock band AFI.
  • 1986, Born on this day, Jared Followill, bassist, Kings Of Leon, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Because Of The Times’, 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Sex on Fire’, 2008 UK No.1 album ‘Only By The Night’).

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