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This Day In Rock History: Nov 25th

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  • 1958, Lord Rockinghams XI were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hoot’s Mon’, (based on the traditional Scottish folk song ‘One Hundred Pipers’). Lord Rockingham’s XI were the house band on the UK Jack Good TV show ‘Oh Boy.’
  • 1965, The Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Carnival Is Over’, the group’s second No.1. Originally a Russian folk song from 1883 with lyrics written by Tom Springfield (the brother of Dusty Springfield). At its peak, the song was selling 93,000 copies per day and is No.30 of the biggest selling singles of all time in the United Kingdom.
  • 1968, The Beatles (known as The White Album), was released in the US. Notable for the eclectic nature of its songs, the album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and was listed at No.10 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. The album features: ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Blackbird’ ‘Back In The USSR’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. The album spent 101 weeks on the US chart peaking at No.1.
  • 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE to The Queen on the grounds of the UK’s involvement in the Nigeria Biafra war, America in Vietnam, and against his latest single ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.
  • 1972, Chuck Berry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Ding a-Ling’, his only UK No.1. The song was originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952. Berry’s version was from a concert recorded at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, England, on 3 February 1972. Boston radio station WMEX disc jockey Jim Connors was credited with a gold record for discovering the song and pushing it to No.1 over the airwaves and amongst his peers in the United States.
  • 1976, The Band made their final performance; ‘The Last Waltz’ held on American Thanksgiving Day, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The show also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and others. The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978.
  • 1984, The cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic Do They Know It’s Christmas? The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. It went on to sell over three million copies in the UK, becoming the bestselling record ever, and raised over £8 million ($13.6 million) worldwide.
  • 1996, A statue in Montreux, Switzerland by sculptor Irena Sedlecka was erected as a tribute to Freddie Mercury.  Standing almost 10 feet (3 metres) high overlooking Lake Geneva it was unveiled by Freddie’s father and Montserrat Caballé, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance.
  • 1999, Creation records boss Alan McGee announced that he was leaving the label. McGee had signed Oasis to the label after seeing them play a gig in Glasgow, Scotland. The label was also the home to other acts including Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub.
  • 2000, A burglar broke into Alice Cooper’s home and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras belonging to the singers daughter. The good’s were all lifted from Cooper’s house in Paradise Valley, along with four of the star’s gold discs.
  • 2001, American country music artist Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with his ninth studio album ‘Scarecrow’, the last album by Brooks before his ten-year hiatus.
  • 2001, Robbie Williams started an eight-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Swing When You’re Winning’. The album spent 57 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, certified 7x Platinum, and became the 49th best-selling album of all-time in the UK.
  • 2003, Glen Campbell  was arrested in Phoenix Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. He was charged with ‘extreme’ drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer. A police officer reported that while in custody, Campbell hummed his hit ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ repeatedly.
  • 2005, Authorities in Vietnam extended Gary Glitter’s detention by four months, while claims that he had sex with under-age girls were examined. Glitter was held under suspicion of committing lewd acts with children. The ex-singer denied accusations of having sex with two under-age girls, one aged 12.
  • 2007, Kevin Dubrow, the frontman with metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52. Their 1983 release Metal Health was the first metal album to top the US charts. The band’s biggest hit was ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’, a cover of the Slade song which they are said to have grudgingly recorded in just one take.
  • 2010, A restaurant fell victim to a prankster who had them make 178 pizzas by claiming they were for singer Bob Dylan and his crew. An imposter wearing a fake pass for a Dylan concert called in an Antonio’s restaurant and placed the huge order worth more than $3,900. He told the owner the pizzas were for Dylan and his crew who had appeared in concert in Amherst, Massachusetts. Staff at Antonios worked until 5.30am to make the pizzas – but were left stunned when no one returned to collect the order.
  • 2011, Don DeVito, a longtime Columbia Records executive who produced the key Bob Dylan albums Blood on the Tracks and Desire died aged 72 after a 16-year battle with prostate cancer. DeVito had also worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith. DeVito started off as a guitarist touring for Al Kooper, and had his own band, The Sabres, which later broke up mid-tour. According to Columbia, DeVito was stranded in Fort Smith, Ark., when he happened to meet Johnny Cash and developed what would become a lifelong friendship; Cash would later introduce DeVito to Dylan.

Born on this day:

  • 1940, Born on this day, Percy Sledge, soul singer, (1966 UK No.4 and US No.1 single ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’). He died on April 14th 2015.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Jocelyn Brown, singer, (1997 UK No.5 single ‘Something Goin’ On’, worked with John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Born on this day, Steve Rothery, guitar, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, Amy Grant, singer, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Baby Baby’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Mark Lanegan American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Lanegan was a co-founder of Screaming Trees and was also a member of Queens of the Stone Age and is featured on five of the band’s albums
  • 1964, Born on this day, Mark Lanegan American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Lanegan was a co-founder of Screaming Trees and was also a member of Queens of the Stone Age and is featured on five of the band’s albums
  • 1968, Born on this day, Tunde, singer, Lighthouse Family, (1996 UK No.4 single ‘Lifted’ plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles). Now solo.

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