Home Day In Music History This day in rock history: Nov 24th

This day in rock history: Nov 24th

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Boy George
Boy George

  • 1959, US singer Johnnie Ray was released on bail after spending the night in jail charged with accosting and soliciting after soliciting an undercover police officer in a bar in Detroit. He was later found not guilty.
  • 1966, The Beatles got together for the first time since their return from the summer tour of the United States, ready to record a new album. The first song selected for recording was John Lennon’s ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, which would end up on the album, but on The Beatles’ next single. This day’s session was devoted entirely to ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
  • 1973, Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Photograph’. His first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist. Written by Starr and George Harrison, the promotional film shot for the single showed Starr walking around his new house at the time, Tittenhurst Park, which had been previously the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, (and where the ‘Imagine’ promo film was shot).
  • 1976, Chicago started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’, the American group’s only UK No.1. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
  • 1983, Irish group The Undertones split up. Lead singer Feargal Sharkey went on to have a No.1 UK single as a solo artist with ‘A Good Heart’ and later worked in A&R for various record labels, and later became the head of UK Music, an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry.
  • 1984, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married his girlfriend, nude model Candice, (Elaine Margaret Starchuk). The marriage lasted one month. Lee has also been married to actress Heather Locklear and the former Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson.
  • 1991, Eric Carr (Paul Charles Caravello) drummer with KISS died aged 41, of complications from cancer in a New York hospital. Carr replaced Peter Criss in 1980 and remained a band member until he became ill in 1991. For his Kiss stage persona, Carr was known as ‘The Fox.’
  • 1991, Freddie Mercury  died of complications from aids at his home in London’s Holland park aged 45, just one day after he publicly admitted he was HIV positive. Mercury was openly bisexual and enjoyed a colourful rock star lifestyle. During his career with Queen he scored over 40 Top 40 UK singles including the worldwide No.1 ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
  • 2002, Robbie Williams started a five week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his fifth studio album ‘Escapology’. The album became the best selling album of 2002 in the United Kingdom, selling 1.2 million copies.
  • 2003, ‘Agadoo’ by Black Lace was named the worst song of all time by a panel of music writers. The song which peaked at No.2 on the UK charts in 1984 spent 30 weeks in the top 75 and went on to become the eighth best-selling single of 1984 in the UK. Black Lace themselves recorded an X-rated version of the song entitled ‘Have a Screw’, which was released on the B-side of the 12-inch vinyl ‘Gang Bang’.
  • 2006, Winners at this year’s American Music Awards included, Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Jamie Foxx, Nickelback, Sean Paul, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Mary J. Blige. Nelly Furtado, John Mayer and Fall Out Boy.
  • 2008, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how Boy George chained a male escort to his bedroom wall and beat him with a metal chain after accusing him of hacking into his laptop. The singer had made contact with Mr Carlsen, 29, on the social networking website Gaydar. Mr Carlsen told the court that he was dragged along the floor towards the bed and a handcuff was put on his right hand. The manacle was attached to a hook drilled into the wall by the bed. The police later photographed welts on Mr Carlsen’s arm where the handcuffs had been. The fire brigade had to be called to cut the cuffs off.
  • 2008, English drummer Michael Lee died from a seizure aged 39. Lee had worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Little Angels, The Cult, Ian Gillan, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Quireboys and Thin Lizzy.
  • 2013, Robbie Williams scored his 11th UK No.1 album when Swings Both Ways went to the top of the charts. It was also the 1,000 No.1 UK album since the charts began in 1956 when Frank Sinatra was at No.1 with Songs For Swingin’ Lovers.

Born on this day:

  • 1941, Born on this day, Donald Dunn,Booker T and the MG’s, (1962 US No. 3 single ‘Green Onions’, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’). Dunn died in his sleep on 13th May 2012 after playing a show at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo the night before. He had been in the country as part of an ongoing tour with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Pete Best, The Beatles drummer, 1960-1962.
  • 1942, Born on this day, Billy Connolly, singer, actor, comedian, The Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty, 1975 UK No.1 single ‘D.I.V.O.R.C.E.’
  • 1943, Born on this day, Robin Williamson, Scottish multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, songwriter and storyteller, who first made his name as a founding member of The Incredible String Band.(1967 album ‘The 5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Bev Bevan, drums, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry Way’), Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ plus 26 other Top 40 hits). Now a UK radio presenter on Saga FM in the West Midlands.
  • 1948, Born on this day, Tony Bourge, guitarist, Budgie, (1971 single ‘Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Bob Burns, American drummer who was in the original line-up of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Burns also played on the band’s first two official albums: (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and Second Helping. He died in a car crash in Georgia late at night after a performance on April 3, 2015.
  • 1955, Born on this day, Clem Burke, drummer, Blondie, (5 UK No.1 singles including 1979 UK & US No.1 single ‘Heart Of Glass’ and 1978 worldwide No.1 album ‘Parallel Lines’).
  • 1957, Born on this day, Chris Hayes, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Power Of Love’).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Carmel, (1983 UK No.15 single ‘Bad Day’).
  • 1962, Born on this day, John Squire, guitar, The Stone Roses, (1989 UK No.8 single ‘Fool’s Gold’, 1989 album ‘The Stone Roses’). The Seahorses, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Love Is The Law’).
  • 1962, Born on this day, Gary Stonadge, bass, Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single ‘E=MC2’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Tony Rombola, guitarist, Godsmack, (2003, US No.1 album ‘Faceless’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘IV’).
  • 1970, Born on this day, Chad Taylor, guitarist, Live, (1997 US No.1 album ‘Secret Samadhi’).

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