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This day in rock history: Nov 8th

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Roy Wood
Roy Wood

  • 1952, The first ever UK pop chart was published by the New Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns. ‘Here In My Heart’ by Al Martino was the first No.1. The song stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.
  • 1963, Dusty Springfield set out on her first UK solo tour, sharing the bill with The Searchers, Freddie & The Dreamers and Brian Poole & The Tremeloes. The first night was in Halifax.
  • 1968, The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre, England.
  • 1969, ‘Something’ the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the UK singles chart, it peaked at No.4 in the UK and went on to be a No.1 on the US chart.
  • 1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV  it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.
  • 1986, Berlin started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Take Your Breath Away’. The song which was featured in the film ‘Top Gun’, was written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.
  • 1998, Robbie Williams scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’. The album which featured his UK No.1 hit ‘Millennium’, went on to become the UK’s best selling album for that year with sales now over 2.5m.
  • 2007, Four men were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after Police raided a house in Camden, London belonging to singer Amy Winehouse. The arrests were in connection of a court case involving Ms Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who faced charges of causing grievous bodily harm.
  • 2008, AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Black Ice’ the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. Black Ice went to #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.
  • 2009, Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The 50-year-old singer who was hit in the eye by a plastic bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off.

Born on this day:

  • 1944, Born on this day, Rodney Slater, sax, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, John Martin, The Big Figure, Dr Feelgood, (1979 UK No.9 single ‘Milk And Alcohol’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Roy Wood, guitar, vocals, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry way’), Wizzard, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘See My Baby Jive’).
  • 1947, Born on this day, Minnie Riperton, US singer, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.2 with the Stevie Wonder produced single ‘Loving You’). Died of cancer 12th July 1979.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Alan Berger, Southside Johnny & The Ashbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’).
  • 1949, Born on this day, Bonnie Raitt, Blues singer songwriter, slide guitarist, (1994 UK No.31 single ‘You’, 1990 US No.1 album ‘Nick Of Time’).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Terry Lee Miall, Adam And The Ants, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Stand And Deliver’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1970, Born on this day, Rat, guitar, Neds Atomic Dustbin, (1991 UK No.16 single ‘Happy’).
  • 1985, Born on this day, Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy and star of MTV The Osbournes TV Show.

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