Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: November 27

1962:  The Beatles recorded for BBC Radio in the U.K. for the first time, performing, "Twist And Shout", "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" at the BBC Paris Studio in London for BBC's Talent Spot program.
1963:  The Elvis Presley movie Fun In Acapulco opened in theaters.
1964:  The Beatles performed on the British television show Ready Steady Go!
1965:  Marvin Gaye moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "Ain't That Peculiar".
1965:  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass remained #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth week with "A Taste Of Honey".
1965:  Whipped Cream & Other Delights was the new #1 album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
1967:  The Beatles released the album Magical Mystery Tour in the U.S.
1967:  The Beatles released the single "Hello Goodbye" in the United States.

1967:  On the flip of that 45, another song which became a hit--"I Am The Walrus".

1967:  Aretha Franklin released the single "Chain Of Fools". 

1967:  The Lemon Pipers released the single "Green Tambourine".  (Note:  several websites claim a release date of December 16, which is physically impossible.  "Green Tambourine" debuted on the 'Billboard' chart on December 16, 1967.  As those in the business (and knowledgeable music fans) know, it takes several days to print the trade papers for publication.  A song cannot be released the day it appears in print as debuting on the chart.)

1967:  Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart released the single "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight".
1969:  Frankie Avalon was a guest star on the television show It Takes a Thief on ABC.

1969:  All kinds of happenings tonight at the Garden (as in the Madison Square one in New York City (even though it's not square!)).  The Rolling Stones did a show that was recorded and later released on the album Get Yer (sic) Ya-Ya's Out!"  The Ike & Tina Turner Revue opened and during that performance, Janis Joplin joined Tina onstage for a duet. 

1970:  George Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass.
1971:  Sonny & Cher owned the top Easy Listening song with "All I Never Need Is You".

1971:  Rod Stewart and Faces had a hot song as "(I Know) I'm Losing You" rose from #79 to #38.

           "Toussaint L'Overture", one of the great tracks on Santana III...

1971:  Santana III owned the #1 spot on the Album chart for a third week.  The Soundtrack to "Shaft" by Isaac Hayes was second with Cat Stevens moving into position with Teaser and the Firecat.  John Lennon's Imagine was #4 while Rod Stewart slipped with his album Every Picture Tells a Story.  The rest of the Top 10:  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King with Tapestry, Sly & the Family Stone were recklessly racing up the chart (39-7) with There's a Riot Goin' On, Harmony from Three Dog Night came in eighth, Chicago at Carnegie Hall moved from 43-9 and the self-titled Carpenters was #10.

1972:  Carly Simon released the single "You're So Vain". 
1976:  Rod Stewart opened a tour of the U.K. with the first of two shows at the Belle Vue Kings Hall in Manchester, England.
1976:  Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys appeared on Saturday Night Live on ABC-TV.
1976:  20 Golden Greats by Glen Campbell was #1 on the U.K. Album chart.
1976:  Brick hit #1 on the R&B chart with "Dazz".
1976:  The Captain & Tennille made it four weeks atop the Adult chart with "Muskrat Love".

Boston, a red-hot band with a red-hot song from a red-hot album...

1976:  Rod Stewart remained at #1 for a third week with "Tonight's The Night" while Gordon Lightfoot was steady at #2 with "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald".  The Bee Gees scored their 26th career hit with "Love So Right" and "Muskrat Love" was still at 4 for the Captain & Tennille.  The rest of the Top 10:  The great Spinners song "Rubberband Man", Rick Dees dropped with "Disco Duck", the Commodores had song #7--"Just To Be Close To You", Kiss with their only career Top 10 "Beth" at #8, Boston roared into the Top 10 with "More Than A Feeling" and Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr. placed "Nadia's Theme" at #10.

        "As", one of the reasons Stevie Wonder's album ranks in the Top 5 for the Rock Era...

1976:  Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder, which debuted at #1 in its first week, was still the #1 album for a seventh week.  The Soundtrack from "The Song Remains the Same" by Led Zeppelin was no match while Blue Moves by Elton John was third.  The debut album from Boston was generating serious buzz with Earth, Wind & Fire positioned behind them at #5 with Spirit.  The rest of the Top 10:  Rod Stewart and A Night on the Town, Frampton Comes Alive!  by Peter Frampton, Children of the World from the Bee Gees remained at #8, Lynyrd Skynyrd had the #9 album--One More from the Road and the Steve Miller Band rounded out the list with Fly Like an Eagle.

1978:  The Eagles released the single "Please Come Home for Christmas".

               The Eagles made "The Long Run"...

1979:  The Eagles released the single "The Long Run".
1981:  The Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band had to cancel a show at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida as only 10,000 tickets were sold to the 60,000-seat facility.

1982:  ABBA owned the top album in the U.K. with The Singles:  The First 10 Years.
1982:  Business as Usual from Men at Work was the #1 album in the U.S.

           Laura Branigan had a huge hit with "Gloria"...

1982:  Lionel Richie's first solo release "Truly" hit #1 on this date.  Laura Branigan was right behind with "Gloria" and Toni Basil moved to #3 with "Mickey".  Hall & Oates were chewing their way up the chart with "Maneater" while Neil Diamond paused at #5 with "Heartlight".  The rest of the Top 10:  The former #1 "Up Where We Belong" from Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes, Joe Jackson was "Steppin' Out" at #7, Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney had the very forgettable song "The Girl Is Mine", Don Henley reached the Top 10 with "Dirty Laundry" and Diana Ross remained at 10 with "Muscles".

I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner on Grooveshark
1984:  Foreigner released their incredible single "I Want to Know What Love Is".
1987:  David Stewart of the Eurythmics and his wife Siobhan Fahey (a member of Bananarama who went on to form Shakespear's Sister) celebrated the birth of a son.
1989:  Stevie Wonder joined Paul McCartney onstage in Los Angeles to sing "Ebony And Ivory".

1993:  Pearl Jam remained at #1 on the Album chart with Vs. for the fourth straight week.
1993:  Meat Loaf continued to serve leftovers as "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" was #1 for a fourth week.

1995:  The Beatles set a Rock Era record when their compilation Anthology I sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week.
1997:  Bjork suffered a kidney infection and had to cancel many dates on her tour.
1997:  A memorial service was held for Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, in Sydney, Australia.
1998:  Barbara Acklin ("Love Makes A Woman" from 1968) died of pneumonia at age 55 in Omaha, Nebraska.
2001:  Elvis Presley was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Association Hall of Fame.
2003:  Billboard magazine announced that the recently completed tour by the Rolling Stones (the Licks tour) was the second highest-grossing of all-time, raking in $300 million.
2004:  Lil Jon got married in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
2007:  Thomas "Artemis" Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd was arrested for the second time in eight days for refusing to register his address in Florida as a convicted sex offender.  (Note:  several websites naively put the date as November 29--the stories appeared in newspapers (such as 'The Washington Post' on November 29), which of course are printed after the news happens.  Those stories point out that the arrest happened Tuesday, November 27.)
2009:  Paul Rodgers, noted lead singer of Free, Bad Company and the Firm, received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, England.

Born This Day:
1934:  Al Jackson, Jr., drummer, songwriter, and a founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, was born in Memphis, Tennessee; died October 1, 1975.
1941:  Eddie Rabbitt was born in Brooklyn, New York; died of lung cancer at the age of 56 on May 7,1998 in Nashville, Tennessee.

1942:  Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington.
1945:  Randy Brecker, flugelhorn and trumpet player of Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1948:  Dave Winthrop, sax and flute player of Supertramp, was born in Camden, New Jersey.
1951:  Kevin Kavanaugh, keyboard player for Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, was born in West Orange, New Jersey; died June 4, 2011.
1959:  Charlie Burchill, guitarist for Simple Minds, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1962:  Mike Bordin, drummer of Faith No More, was born in San Francisco, California.
1962:  Charlie Benante, drummer of Anthrax, was born in The Bronx, New York.
1970:  Skoob (real name William Hines) of the duo Das EFX was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1971:  Terry Corso, guitarist of Alien Ant Farm
1972:  Twista (real name Carl Mitchell)

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