Monday, October 31, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: November 1

1955:  The Famous Flames, led by lead singer James Brown, recorded their first demo, singing "Please, Please, Please" at a radio station in Macon, Georgia.

1960:  Elvis Presley released the single "Are You Lonesome Tonight".

1962:  The Beatles performed at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany to begin a second residency.
1963:  Actor Lorne Greene (Bonanza) recorded the single  "Ringo".
1963:  Fans waited in line for more than two days to get tickets to the Beatles shows at the Odeon Theatre in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.  Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, the Brooks Brothers and the Vernon Girls opened for the group.  The Beatles played two concerts in Cheltenham, the first stop on the band's first headlining tour of the U.K.
1964:  The Beach Boys landed in London for their first trip to the U.K.

1964:  The Dave Clark Five performed the song "Glad All Over" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1968:  George Harrison became the first Beatle to release a solo album in the U.K. with the Soundtrack to "Wonderwall".  Harrison released the album in the United States on December 2.
1969:  Faces signed a contract with Warner Brothers records.
1969:  Temps were hot again as the Temptations held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fifth week with their great song "I Can't Get Next To You".
1969:  "Wedding Bell Blues" by the 5th Dimension rang in a new week by taking over the #1 position on the Easy Listening chart.

1969:  CCR had the highest debuting song--"Fortunate Son" at #58.

 1969:  "Suspicious Minds" gave Elvis Presley his 18th and final #1 song, his first since 1962.  The 5th Dimension came in second with "Wedding Bell Blues" while the former #1 smash "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies was still hanging around at #3.  The previous #1--"I Can't Get Next To You" by the Temptations, fell to fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Baby It's You", the great song from Smith, Sly & the Family Stone dropped with "Hot Fun In The Summertime", Bobby Sherman fell with "Little Woman", Oliver's former #1 "Jean" was now at #8, "Tracy" by the Cuff Links and the Beatles scored their 29th Top 10 and 60th career hit with "Come Together".

1969:  Abbey Road by the Beatles moved into the #1 position on the Album chart after just three weeks of release, giving the group their 13th #1 album.  Green River from CCR had held the spot for four weeks and fell to #2.  The Rolling Stones were at #3 with Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) and Blind Faith was at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Johnny Cash At San Quentin, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! by Janis Joplin moved from 16-6, the great debut from Crosby, Stills & Nash moved from 11-7, Hot Buttered Soul from Isaac Hayes, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida from Iron Butterfly fell to #9 and the self-titled Santana was #10.

1970:  The Festfolk Quartet, which would go on to become one of the top groups in the history of the Rock Era (ABBA), performed their first show at a restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1970:  Matthews Southern Comfort rose to #1 in the U.K. with their version of the Joni Mitchell song "Woodstock".
1972:  The documentary film Elvis On Tour opened in theaters.

1975:  Wings opened the Australian leg of their world tour at the Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia.

                                 Springsteen had finally arrived.

1975:  Jefferson Starship scored the first #1 album of their career as Red Octopus took over from John Denver's Windsong.  Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here slipped to #3 while One of These Nights by the Eagles was moving back up.  Prisoner in Disguise from Linda Ronstadt came in fifth while the breakthrough for Bruce Springsteen--Born to Run, was #6.  The rest of the Top 10:  Minstrel in the Gallery by Jethro Tull, George Harrison with Extra Texture (Read All About It), Rod Stewart edged up with Atlantic Crossing and David Crosby & Graham Nash combined for the #10 album Wind on the Water.

         Natalie's first Top 10--"This Will Be" (long version)...

1975:  Including his collaboration with Neil Sedaka on "Bad Blood", Elton John scored his sixth career #1 as "Island Girl" moved from 8 to 1 after just four weeks of release.  The bridesmaid, the double-sided "Calypso" and "I'm Sorry" by John Denver, continued in that position while Jefferson Starship had one of their biggest hits with "Miracles".  The Eagles were stationary with "Lyin' Eyes" and the Spinners completed a great Top 5 with "Games People Play".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Who Loves You", the comeback hit for the 4 Seasons, Morris Albert and "Feelings", "Bad Blood" from Neil Sedaka and Elton, Linda Ronstadt's double-sided "Heat Wave"/"Love is a Rose" was #9 and Natalie Cole entered the Top 10 for the first time with "This Will Be".
1980:  Barbra Streisand's "Woman In Love" continued to top the Adult Contemporary chart for a fourth week.

1980:  Diana Ross was getting attention with her new release "It's My Turn", the title track from the movie, which moved from 86 to 63.

1983:  The Rolling Stones released the single "Undercover Of The Night".
1986:  10 years since their debut album, Boston scored its third straight #1 album with Third Stage.  

                               Baker with a big hit...

1986:  Cyndi Lauper held on to #1 with "True Colors" with Tina Turner's "Typical Male" peaking at #2.  Robert Palmer was there with "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" and Boston moved up to 4 with "Amanda".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Human" by the Human League, Madonna's 10th consecutive Top 10 "True Blue" moved from 13-6, Janet Jackson dropped with "When I Think Of You", Anita Baker was at 8 with "Sweet Love", Eddie Money had one of his biggest hits as "Take Me Home Tonight" moved from 15-9 and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jame closed out the group with "All Cried Out".

1991:  Nirvana released the album MTV Unplugged in New York.
1991:  Eddie Kendricks (lead singer of the Temptations and a solo star ("Keep On Truckin'") returned home from a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia after having a lung removed due to cancer.  Kendricks, a lifelong smoker, vowed to give up the addiction, but it was too late--he died the following October at age 52.
1992:  "I Will Here For You" by Michael W. Smith was the #1 Adult Contemporary song.

1993:  The Gin Blossoms released the single "Found Out About You".
1993:  In today's episode of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, Flavor Flav (what a catchy name--not!) was arrested for attempted murder and possession of a weapon.

1994:  Boyz II Men released the single "On Bended Knee".
1994:  Megadeth released the album Youthanasia.
1997:  Aqua moved to #1 in the U.K. with "Barbie Girl".

1997:  Paula Cole debuted on the chart at #19 with "I Don't Want To Wait".

           One-half of a dynamite double-sided smash...

1997:  "Candle In The Wind 1997" by Elton John was #1 for a fourth week.  Usher would have to settle for having one of the top #2's of the Rock Era with "You Make Me Wanna'".  LeAnn Rimes was behind them with "How Do I Live" while Boyz II Men remained at #4 with "4 Seasons Of Loneliness".  The rest of the Top 10:  Allure and 112 with "All Cried Out", "My Love Is The Shhh!" by Somethin' for the People with Trina & Tamara, Jewel's blockbuster double-sided "Foolish Games" and "You Were Meant for Me" at #7, the Backstreet Boys were still at #8 after 19 weeks with "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)", Mariah Carey's "Honey" dripped down to #9 and Chumbawamba's great song "Tubthumping" was #10.
2000:  Robbie Williams offered to donate his bone marrow to save the life of a fan after meeting with Johanna MacVicar, who had leukemia.  Williams asked his fans to sign up as potential donors after being told of the severe shortage of male donors.

2003:  Bruce Springsteen joined Michael J. Fox to perform "Light of Day", Springsteen's  title song from the 1987 movie that starred Fox, for the opening night of a two-day benefit for Parkinson's Disease at the Stone Pony in New Jersey.
2003:  In Episode Two of Dangerous Inmates Run rap Music, both members of the duo Mobb Deep were arrested for possession of marijuana, crack and an illegal handgun.
2004:  Terry Knight, former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home while defending his daughter in Killeen, Texas.  Knight was 61.
2005:  Lyle "Skitch" Henderson, a conductor who worked with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and also was the leader of The Tonight Show orchestra, died of natural causes in New Milford, Connecticut at the age of 87.
2005:  Westlife had the top U.K. song with "You Raise Me Up".
2006:  The best album of the times was the Soundtrack to "Hannah Montana".  The Rock has fallen fast.
2008:  Jimmy Carl Black, singer and drummer of the Mothers of Invention, who also worked with The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Turtles, Joe Cocker and the Grateful Dead, died of lung cancer in Siegsdorf, Germany at the age of 70.
2008:  Kenny Chesney had the top album with Lucky Old Sun.
2010:  Tom Jones was given the British Music Industry Trust Award in London.

Born This Day:
1936:  Andre Williams (real name Zeffrey Williams), who was a producer and songwriter for Motown, was born in Bessemer, Alabama.  (Note:  several websites claims Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, but according to the Michigan Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he was born in Besemer, then moved to Chicago with his family when he was a child."
1937:  Bill Anderson ("Still" from 1963) was born in Columbia, South Carolina.

1940  Barry Sadler ("The Ballad Of The Green Berets") was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
1946:  Rick Grech, bass guitarist for Traffic who also appeared on an album by Blind Faith, was born in Bordeaux, France; died of kidney and liver failure as a result of alcoholism in Leicester, England on March 17, 1990.
1947:  Bob Weston, a guitarist for Fleetwood Mac in their early days, who also played for Graham Bond and Long John Baldry, was born in Plymouth, Devon, England; died January 3, 2012 of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

1949:  David Foster, musician, composer, arranger and producer, who has worked with the Bee Gees, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Gordon Lightfoot, Madonna, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Jackson and scores of others, was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

1950:  Dan Peek, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist for the group America, was born in Panama City, Florida; died in his sleep in Farmington, Missouri on July 24, 2011.
1951:  Ronald Bell, keyboardist of Kool & the Gang, was born in Youngstown, Ohio.
1954:  Chris Morris, guitarist of Paper Lace ("The Night Chicago Died" from 1974), was born in Nottingham, England.
1959:  Eddie MacDonald, bassist for the Alarm, was born in St. Asaph, Wales.

1962:  Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1962:  Mags Furuholmen, guitarist and keyboard player of A-ha, was born in Oslo, Norway.

1963:  Rick Allen, drummer of Def Leppard, was born in Dronfield, Derbyshire, England.
1981:  LaTavia Roberson of Destiny's Child was born in Houston, Texas.

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