Here’s what happened on November 3rd in rock history, from the home of music and games, Rock My World.
- 1957, Sun Records released ‘Great Balls Of Fire’, by Jerry Lee Lewis. The single went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, and was a No.1 hit in the UK and No.2 in the US.
- 1960, Elvis Presley had his fifth UK No.1 single with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, it stayed at No.1 for eight weeks. The song which was based on the Italian song, ‘O Sole Mio’, gave Presley his first post-army No.1.
- 1963, The last night of a 30 date UK tour featuring The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Mickie Most and The Flintstones took place at The Hammersmith Odeon, London. All the acts had played two shows every night.
- 1972, James Taylor and Carly Simon were married by a judge in Simon’s Manhattan apartment, beginning their eleven year marriage. That evening, Simon joined him on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and announced their union to a cheering audience.
- 1973, David Bowie scored his second UK No.1 album when ‘Pinups’ started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The set contained Bowie covering his favourite 60’s songs; his version of The Mersey’s ‘Sorrow’ made No.3 on the UK singles chart.
- 1979, The Eagles started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Long Run’, the group’s fourth US No.1 album.
- 1990, 25 years after their version was recorded, The Righteous Brothers went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Unchained Melody’. The track had been featured in the Patrick Swayze film ‘Ghost.’ Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret, ‘Unchained Melody is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.
- 1992, Bon Jovi released their fifth studio album, Keep The Faith, which spent a total of 49 weeks on the US chart. The album produced three Top 40 hits: ‘Keep The Faith’, ‘Bed of Roses’ and ‘In These Arms’.
- 1993, Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928.
- 2000, EMI Records announced they had dropped Simple Minds. The Scottish band had sold over 30m albums during the 1980’s.
- 2002, Lonnie Donegan, died mid-way through a UK tour and shortly before he was due to perform at a memorial concert for George Harrison with The Rolling Stones. He was aged 71. Donegan who launched the skiffle craze in the UK had the 1959 hit ‘Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour’, the 1960 UK No.1 single ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, ‘Rock Island Line’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 singles.
- 2005, Winners at this years MTV Europe awards included Coldplay who won best UK act and best song for ‘Speed Of Sound’, Green Day won best rock act and best album, Alicia Keys was named best R&B act, System of a Down won best alternative act, The Black Eyed Peas won the best pop award and for the first time, the awards included a category for best African act, won by 2 Face. Madonna, in her first live TV performance since a riding accident, launched the show by emerging from a giant disco ball. Madonna also presented MTV’s ‘Free Your Mind’ humanitarian award to Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof.
- 2013, The first ever YouTube awards were held in New York City. The event featured Eminem, Lady Gaga and M.I.A making live music videos directed by the awards’ creator, Spike Jonze, and others. Eminem won Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ took the YouTube Phenomenon award.
Born on this day:
- 1941, Born on this day, Brian Poole, vocals, The Tremeloes, (1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single ‘Silence Is Golden’). Daughters Karen and Shellie formed Alisha’s Attic in the 90’s.
- 1948, Born on this day, Marie Lawrie, (Lulu), UK singer, (1964 UK No.7 single ‘Shout’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles including 1993 UK No.1 ‘Relight My Fire’ with Take That, 1967 US No.1 single ‘To Sir With Love’).
- 1954, Born on this day, Stuart Goddard, (Adam Ant), singer, actor, 1981 UK No.1 single with Adam and the Ants ‘Stand And Deliver’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 hit singles.
- 1960, Born on this day, James Prime, keyboards, Deacon Blue, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Real Gone Kid’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).