Wednesday, November 2, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 3

1956:  Fats Domino had the #1 R&B song with "Blueberry Hill".

1957:  Danny & the Juniors released the single "At The Hop".

1958:  Lloyd Price released the single "Stagger Lee".

1958:  Elvis Presley went on maneuvers with the U.S. Army's 32nd Tank Regiment near the German-Czechoslovakia border.
1958:  Tommy Edwards continued to hold the #1 song as "It's All In The Game" remained there for a sixth week.

1962:  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass moved from 95 to 64 with their classic instrumental "The Lonely Bull".

1962:  The Crystals topped the chart with "He's A Rebel".  Gene Pitney moved up from behind with "Only Love Can Break A Heart" while the Contours' great song "Do You Love Me" sat at #3.  Bobby "Boris" Pickett fell from #1 with "Monster Mash" while Brenda Lee's new song "All Alone Am I" reached #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The 4 Seasons were on fire as "Big Girls Don't Cry" moved from 17 to 6 in just its third week, Johnny Mathis edged up with "Gina", Chubby Checker's "Limbo Rock" (How low can you go?) moved from 18-8, Neil Sedaka had another big hit "Next Door To An Angel" and Elvis Presley's "Return To Sender" moved from 20-10.
1965:  The hard-working Beatles recorded "Michelle" from 2:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London.
1967:  The Beatles completed work on the movie Magical Mystery Tour, filming at drummer Ringo Starr's house in Weybridge, Surrey, England.
1972:  James Taylor and Carly Simon married during a small ceremony at Simon's Murray Hill, Manhattan, New York apartment.
1973:  The Eagles and Neil Young were in concert at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, England.
                Former James Gang member Joe Walsh had solo success...

1973:  Goats Head Soup by the Rolling Stones was the #1 album but emerging superstar Elton John was up to #2 with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.  The Allman Brothers Band threw their hats in the ring with Brothers and Sisters while Cheech & Chong couldn't find theirs despite the album Los Cochinos at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Let's Get It On from Marvin Gaye, Art Garfunkel had #6--Angel Clare, Stevie Wonder's great Innervisions was at #7, Joe Walsh's solo album The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get was at #8, 3 + 3 from the Isley Brothers and War's Deliver the Word at #10.
1973:  Gladys Knight & the Pips were on top of the R&B chart for the third week with "Midnight Train To Georgia".

1973:  Barry White moved from 99 to 65 with "Never, Never Gonna' Give Ya Up".
1973:  "Midnight Train To Georgia" was #1 on the Popular chart for a second week, getting the Best of "Angie" from the Rolling Stones.  Eddie Kendricks found himself at #3 with "Keep On Truckin'" and Cher's former #1 "Half-Breed" was #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Marie Osmond and "Paper Roses", although few stations played it, the DeFranco Family was at #6 with "Heartbeat - It's  Lovebeat", the Allman Brothers Band fell with "Ramblin' Man", Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" was down to #8, the Billy Preston instrumental "Space Race" climbed from 15-9 and Art Garfunkel enjoyed a Top 10 hit with "All I Know".

1975:  Barry Manilow released the single "I Write The Songs".

1975:  The Ohio Players released the single "Love Rollercoaster".

1975:  Sweet released their single "Fox On The Run" in the U.S.
1979:  Anne Murray held on to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a fourth week with "Broken Hearted Me".
1979:  Kool & the Gang ruled the R&B chart with "Ladies Night".

       How long can Donna Summer hold a note?

1979:  M went all the way to the top with "Pop Muzik".  The Eagles were closing fast with "Heartache Tonight" and Donna Summer was in the mix with "Dim All The Lights".  The previous #1 "Rise" from Herb Alpert fell to #4 and the Commodores' new hit "Still" moved from 8 to 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Michael Jackson with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", Styx snuck up from 14 to 7 with "Babe", "Tusk" from Fleetwood Mac was #8, Kenny Rogers was up to 9 with his great song "You Decorated My Life" and the collaboration of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer--"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" moved from 33 to 10.

    Fleetwood Mac and "Angel" from the great album Tusk...

1979:  The Eagles' great album The Long Run was rewarded at #1, finally moving another sensational album (In Through the Out Door by Led Zeppelin) from the top position.  Midnight Magic from the Commodores was at #3, Styx held on with Cornerstone and Head Games by Foreigner remained #5.  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  Cheap Trick's great album Dream Police, Fleetwood Mac debuted at #7 with Tusk, Herb Alpert and Rise, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall was #9 and Get the Knack from the Knack fell to #10.
1984:  Paul McCartney had the #1 album in the U.K. with the Soundtrack to "Give My Regards to Broad Street".
1984:  The top song on the R&B chart was "I Feel For You" by Chaka Khan.

1984:  He had been recording for nearly a decade and finally Billy Ocean reached #1 with "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)".  Billy replaced Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You" and Prince crawled up with "Purple Rain".  Chicago slipped from a peak of #3 with "Hard Habit To Break" and Wham! was up to #5 with "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".  The rest of the Top 10:  Madonna's "Lucky Star", John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band remained at #7 with "On The Dark Side", David Bowie had a rare Top 10 with "Blue Jean", Tina Turner was up from 16 to 9 with "Better Be Good To Me" and Chaka Khan's solo release "I Feel For You" was up from 15 to 10.

1984:  Purple Rain by Prince was the #1 album for the 14th week.  
1990:  The Righteous Brothers had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Unchained Melody".
1990:  It was one of the better Top 10's late in the Rock Era.  Vanilla Ice moved to #1 with "Ice Ice Baby" but Janet Jackson was at #2 with "Black Cat" and Mariah Carey was up with "Love Takes Time".  Pebbles remained at #4 with "Giving You The Benefit" and James Ingram fell with his great song "I Don't Have The Heart".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Pray" from M.C. Hammer, "Can't Stop" by After 7, Alias moved up from 14 to 8 with "More Than Words Can Say", Inxs held steady with "Suicide Blonde" and Warrant had a Top 10 with "Cherry Pie".

1990:  Bette Midler enjoyed a #1 AC hit with "From a Distance".

                 George Michael was out with one of The Top 100 Albums of the Rock Era*.

1990:  M.C. Hammer held on to #1 on the Album chart for the 21st week with Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, fifth most of the Rock Era.  To the Extreme by Vanilla Ice was #2, causing The Razor's Edge by AC/DC to fall.  Mariah Carey was there at #4 with her debut and the great Listen Without Prejudice by George Michael was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  X by INXS, Wilson Phillips and their debut, Family Style from the Vaughan Brothers, Warrant's Cherry Pie at #9 and Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe.

1991:  Color Me Badd released the single "All 4 Love".  (Note:  numerous websites erroneously report the date of release as November 7.  It is physically impossible for a song to debut on the charts (November 7 is the date the song debuted) on the same day it is released.)

1991:  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Tracy Chapman, John Fogerty, the Grateful Dead and Joan Baez were among those who performed at a free concert at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to honor promoter Bill Graham, who had been killed in a helicopter crash the week before.

I Will Always Love You (1993) by Whitney Houston on Grooveshark
1992:  A famous day in the Rock Era.  Whitney Houston was about to make history as she released the single "I Will Always Love You".
1992:  Bon Jovi released their first album in five years--Keep the Faith.
1993:  Little Richard was a guest on Hearts Afire on CBS-TV.
1995:  Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reached an out of court settlement for the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in the song "Only Want To Be With You".
1998:  Celine Dion released the album These Are Special Times(Note:  some websites report the date of release as October 30 but according to the official Celine website, the date was November 3.)
1998:  U2 released their compilation album The Best of 1980-1990.
1998:  The John Lennon boxed set Anthology was released in the United States.  It had been released the day before in the U.K.
1998:  The Bee Gees released their great live album One Night Only.
1999:  The National Centre for Popular Music museum in England was saved from bankruptcy when creditors agreed to a deal.
2002:  Lonnie Donegan ("Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight)" died of a heart attack in Peterborough, England during a tour of the U.K. at the age of 71.
2002:  David Gray had the #1 song in the U.K. with "A New Day".
2002:  Santana's Shaman led the way on the U.S. Album chart.
2003:  The great Alicia Keys made a surprise appearance at the Criterion Theatre in London and previewed her new album The Diary of Alicia Keys.

2004:  Eric Clapton was named Commander of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace in London.
2006:  Donny Osmond was on the soap opera All My Children on ABC-TV.

2006:  Paul Mauriat, who gave us The #1 Instrumental of the Rock Era*--"Love Is Blue" died in Perpignan, France at the age of 81.

Born This Day:

1933:  John Barry, who composed music for James Bond movies (Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, and Diamonds Are Forever, among others) and many other memorable film scores (Born Free, Out of Africa, The Lion in Winter, Somewhere in Time), was born in York, England.
1941:  Brian Poole, lead singer of the Tremeloes ("Silence Is Golden"), was born in Dagenham, London.  (Note:  numerous websites report that Brian was born in Barking, Essex, England, but according to his official website, he was born in Dagenham, London.  Many websites report his birth as November 2, but the 'BBC' reports that it was November 3.) 
1945:  Nick Simper, bassist for Deep Purple, was born in Norwood Green, Southall, Middlesex, England.
1946:  Tommy Dee of John Fred and His Playboy Band ("Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" from 1968)

1947:  Joe Lala, drummer and singer with Blues Image, who also worked with the Bee Gees, the Eagles, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Rod Stewart, John Mellencamp, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Ringo Starr, the Byrds, Eric Clapton, Poco and the Allman Brothers, was born in Tampa, Florida; died March 18, 2014 of lung cancer in Tampa at the age of 66.
1954:  Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) was born in Marylebone, London.

1948:  Lulu was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

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