Monday, November 14, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: November 14

1960:  "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley became the fastest-selling single in the U.K., moving 780,000 copies in a week.
1960:  Cozy Cole began a 20-week goodwill tour of Africa that was sponsored by the United States State Department.
1960:  Jerry Butler moved back to the #1 spot on the R&B chart with "He Will Break Your Heart".

1960:  Ray Charles moved to #1 for the first time with his ninth hit--"Georgia on My Mind".  
1961:  The Everly Brothers recorded "Crying in the Rain".
1961:  The movie Blue Hawai'i, starring Elvis Presley, opened in theaters.
1962:  The Beatles played the final performance of a 14-night run at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1964:  The Supremes reigned on the R&B chart for a third week with their first big hit "Baby Love".

1964:  Johnny Rivers moved up from 61 to 33 with "Mountain of Love".

            "Last Kiss" sounds as good now as ever

1964:  "Baby Love" was #1 for a third week for the Supremes, temporarily holding off "Leader of the Pack" from the Shangri-Las.  J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers dropped with "Last Kiss".  Jay & the Americans marched to #4 with "Come a Little Bit Closer" and the Honeycombs were there at #5 with "Have I the Right?".  The rest of the Top 10:  Dean Martin and "The Door is Still Open to My Heart", Manfred Mann's former #1 "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", Betty Everett & Jerry Butler were on their way down with "Let It Be Me", the Zombies had a big hit with "She's Not There", which jumped from 22-9 and Bonanza's Lorne Greene had a surprising hit at #10 with "Ringo".

1967:  Pink Floyd opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience on a tour of the U.K.
1969:  Led Zeppelin began work on their third album, recording "Since I've Been Loving You" at Olympia Studios.
1969:  "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies topped the U.K. chart.
1970:  Led Zeppelin III continued to set the bar on the album chart with Abraxas by Santana #2 and James Taylor remaining in the third position with Sweet Baby James.  The only new entry into the Top 10 surged to get there--Sly & the Family Stone jumped from 48 to 10 in the second week of release for their Greatest Hits package.
1970:  The Jackson 5 remained at #1 on the R&B chart for the sixth consecutive week with their first release--"I'll Be There".
1970:  "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters was the #1 Easy Listening song for the sixth straight week.
          Brian Hyland had grown up since "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini"

1970:  The Jackson 5 continued to have the #1 song for a fifth week with "I'll Be There".  The Carpenters were runners-up for a third week with "We've Only Just Begun" and James Taylor's first hit "Fire and Rain" was third.  The Partridge Family moved from 7 to 4 with "I Think I Love You", leaping over R. Dean Taylor's "Indiana Wants Me".  The rest of the Top 10:  Sugarloaf with "Green-Eyed Lady", Smokey Robinson & the Miracles grabbed their fifth Top 10 in 37 releases with "The Tears of A Clown", 100 Proof Aged in Soul had #8 officially with "Somebody's Been Sleeping" although few radio stations played it, Brian Hyland had his first Top 10 in eight years with "Gypsy Woman", moving from 18-9 and Bread inched up with "It Don't Matter to Me".

1978:  Samantha Sang released her single "Emotion".
1981:  The Police arrived at #1 on the U.K. chart with "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic".
1984:  Yes released their comeback album 90125.
1987:  Sonny and Cher reunited and sang "I Got You Babe" on The David Letterman show.
1987:  George Michael's Faith topped the U.K. album chart.

She was no longer a Go-Go but she still was a woman on the move

1987:  There were two new entries in the Top 10--former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle jumped from 11-5 with "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and Richard Marx was up to #10 with "Should've Known Better".

1987:  The Soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" took over as the #1 album.
1988:  Def Leppard released their sixth single from the monumental album Hysteria--"Armageddon It".
1990:  Pete Townshend of the Who announced that he was bisexual in an interview with Newsweek magazine.
1992:  John Cascella, keyboardist with John Mellencamp, was found dead in his car in Indiana after apparently suffering a heart attack.
1992:  Bon Jovi owned the #1 album in the U.K. with Keep the Faith.
1992:  The Heights jumped into the #1 position with "How Do You Talk to An Angel".  Boyz II Men had set an existing Rock Era record the week before with a 13th week at #1 for "End of the Road".  PM Dawn was at #3 with "I'd Die Without You" and Shai moved from 12 to 4 with "If I Ever Fall in Love".

1992:  Michael Bolton took the great Bee Gees song "To Love Somebody" to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart.
1994:  Boyz II Men released the single "On Bended Knee".
1995:  R. Kelly released his self-titled album.
1996:  Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe in Sydney, Australia.
2000:  Limahl, formerly with Kajagoogoo ("Too Shy") and also a solo artist, escaped death when the coach he was traveling on crashed after catching on fire. 
2004:  Paul McCartney, Bono of U2, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Snow Patrol, the Darkness and Keane recorded a new version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?".
2004:  U2 reached the top of the U.K. chart with "Vertigo".

Born This Day:
1938:  Cornell Gunter, originally with the Platters and an original member of the Coasters, was born in Coffeyville, Kansas ; died February 26, 1990 when he was shot while in his car in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1940: Freddie Garrity, the lead singer of Freddie & the Dreamers ("I'm Telling You Now") was born in Manchester, England.
1944:  Scherrie Payne, older sister of Freda ("Band of Gold") and a member of the Supremes from 1973-1977

1949:  James "J.T." Young, guitarist of Styx, was born in Chicago, Illinois.

1951:  Stephen Bishop ("On and On") was born in San Diego, California.
1951:  Frankie Banali, drummer of Quiet Riot, was born in Queens, New York.
1951:  Barry Brandt, drummer of Angel, was born in Washington, D.C.
1952:  Alec John Such, bassist of Bon Jovi, was born in Yonkers, New York.

1954:  Yanni was born in Kalamata, Greece.

1964:  Joseph ("DJ Run") Simmons of Run-DMC was born in Queens, New York.
1964:  Nic Dalton, bass guitarist of the Lemonheads, was born in Sydney, Australia.
1968:  Brian Yale, bass guitarist of Matchbox 20, was born in Orlando, Florida.
1974:  Adina Howard was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
1975:  Travis Barker, drummer of Blink-182, was born in Fontana, California.

1975:  Adina Howard ("Freak Like Me" from 1995) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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