Here’s what happened on November 4th in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1957, Jackie Wilson made his US chart debut with ‘Reet Petite’, (it made No.1 in the UK in 1986, 29 years after its first release).
- 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, also a No.1 in the US.
- 1966, The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’, entered the UK chart, it went on to be a UK & US No.1 hit single. As a child, Brian Wilson’s mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
- 1971, The Who opened up The Rainbow Finsbury Park, London, England appearing on the first of three nights.
- 1977, The Last Waltz, the movie of The Bands final concert premiered in New York. The Martin Scorsese movie also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young,Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton.
- 1984, Prince played the first of seven nights at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan at the start of his 87-date North American Purple Rain tour. The outing marked the live debut of his new band The Revolution.
- 1989, Elton John scored his 50th UK chart hit when ‘Sacrifice’, entered the charts. Only Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley had also achieved this feat. Sacrifice was initially released as a single in 1989, but stalled at No.55 in the UK and at No.18 in the US. English DJ, Steve Wright, began playing the song on BBC Radio 1 and the song was then re-released as a double A-side single, along with ‘Healing Hands’.
- 1993, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore was arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down the volume of his music in his room.
- 1998, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after an alleged drunken brawl with photographer Mel Bouzac at a London pub. Bouzac had been tipped off that Liam was in the pub wearing a Russian hat and attempted to take photos.
- 2007, The Eagles went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the first time ever – 33 years after their debut album On the Border. This was the group’s first full studio album since The Long Run in 1979.
- 2012, A copyright infringement lawsuit filed by songwriter Guy Hobbs against Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin over their hit song ‘Nikita’ was thrown out of court. The Judge ruled that both songs shared similar themes and phrases, but that these were prevalent in modern music.
Born on this day:
- 1940, Born on this day, Chuck Mangione, US composer, arranger, (1978 US No.4 single, ‘Feels So Good’).
- 1947, Born on this day, Mike Smith, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ plus five other UK Top 40 hits).
- 1954, Born on this day, Chris Difford, guitar vocals, Squeeze, (1979 UK No.2 single ‘Up The Junction’). Now solo.
- 1957, Born on this day, James Honeyman-Scott, Pretenders, (1980 UK No.1 single ‘Brass In Pocket’). He died on 16th June 1982.
- 1969, Born on this day, Sean John Combs, (aka, Puff Daddy & P Diddy), American record producer, clothing designer and rapper. (1997 US & UK No.1 single with Faith Evans, ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ is the most successful rap single of all time). Producer of MTV’s Making the Band. Richest hip-hop entertainer as of 2007, having a net worth estimate of US $346 Million.