Friday, November 25, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: November 25

1957:  The great Sam Cooke took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "You Send Me".
1961:  Don and Phil Everly were both inducted into the United States Marine Corps Reserves, working as artillerymen for the 8th Battalion.   

1963:  The Rip Chords released "Hey Little Cobra".

1966:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at the Bag O'Nails Club in London.
1967:  Al Green released his first career single "Back Up Train".
1967:  "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a seventh week.

       The Who were in an unfamiliar place--the Top 10...

1967:  Strawberry Alarm Clock had themselves a #1 song with "Incense And Peppermints", dethroning Lulu's "To Sir With Love" after five weeks at the top.  The Cowsills edged up with "The Rain, The Park & Other Things".  Sam & Dave were down with "Soul Man" but the Monkees climbed from 33 to 5 with the song written by John Stewart--"Daydream Believer".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Please Love Me Forever" by Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick had song #7--"I Say A Little Prayer", Vikki Carr dropped with "It Must Be Him", the Who were at #9 with the only Top 10 of their career "I Can See For Miles" and the Soul Survivors closed the list with "Expressway To Your Heart".
1968:  The Beatles released The White Album in the United States.
1968:  The 5th Dimension were guests on the Frank Sinatra television special Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing on CBS.
1971:  The Doors announced they would continue as a group despite the loss of lead singer Jim Morrison, who died earlier in the year.

1972:  Lead singer Allan Clarke left the Hollies.
1972:  Johnny Nash owned the top Easy Listening song for the fourth straight week with "I Can See Clearly Now".

                  The Moody Blues with their classic...

1972:  Nash also had four weeks at #1 on the popular chart to his credit with "I Can See Clearly Now", forever keeping Lobo's "I'd Love You To Want Me" as a #2 song.  The Spinners maintained with "I'll Be Around", Helen Reddy wasn't going away with "I Am Woman" and the Temptations were up to 5 with "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone".  The rest of the Top 10:  The debut single by new duo Seals & Crofts was "Summer Breeze", Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes moved from 13-7 with "If You Don't Know Me By Now", Al Green slipped up to #8 with "You Ought To Be With Me", the Moody Blues were at #9 with their classic "Nights In White Satin" and the 5th Dimension were right behind with their 25th career hit--"If I Could Reach You".  
1976:  The group which called itself The Band performed for the final time at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California, known as "The Last Waltz".  The event, filmed by movie director Martin Scorsese, was later released as a movie and also featured Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison and Dr. John.
1978:  Al Stewart's "Time Passages" remained #1 for a third week on the Adult chart.

               Foreigner was seeing double...

1978:  Donna Summer relaxed in "MacArthur Park" as her latest topped the chart for a third week.  Foreigner had one of their biggest with "Double Vision", Ambrosia remained third with "How Much I Feel" and the incredible combined talent of Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond resulted in the huge hit "You Don't Bring Me Flowers".  The rest of the Top 10:  Anne Murray's former #1 "You Needed Me", Chic was tearing up dance floors and car speakers were blazing with "Le Freak", which moved from 37 to #6, Gino Vannelli's move of one spot was pale in comparison for "I Just Wanna' Stop", Alicia Bridges danced into the Top 10 with "I Love The Nightlife", Al Stewart's "Time Passages" moved to #9 and the Captain & Tennille peaked at 10 with "You Never Done It Like That".
1984:  Andy Gibb starred as himself on the television show Punky Brewster on NBC.
1984:  Bob Geldof organized artists from Great Britain and North America together as Band-Aid to record "Do They Know It's Christmas" at Sarm West Studios in London, with proceeds going to famine relief in Ethiopia.
1985:  Bobby Brown announced that he was leaving New Edition for a solo career when really, everyone wished he would just leave period.

1989:  Phil Collins blasted into the Top 10 with the only new entry--"Another Day In Paradise".
1989:  Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville posted a fifth week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Don't Know Much".
1992:  The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston with Kevin Costner, opened in theaters.
1995:  Alice in Chains debuted at #1 on the Album chart with their self-titled release.  Daydream by Mariah Carey was second with Alanis Morissette taking #3 with her album Jagged Little Pill.

1995:  Whitney Houston debuted at #1 with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop"), taking over from Mariah Carey's "Fantasy", another song which had debuted at #1 and remained there for nine weeks until Whitney came along.  
1997:  Garth Brooks released the album Sevens.
1997:  The original members of the Zombies reunited onstage for the first time in 30 years at the Jazz CafĂ© in Camden Town, England.
2001:  Robbie Williams had the top U.K. album with Swing When You're Winning.
2001:  S Club 7 was at #1 in the U.K. with "Have You Ever".
2003:  Meat Loaf, who had collapsed onstage in a recent concert, was recovering from heart surgery and was being treated for Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.

2004:  Dexter Holland of the Offspring, finished a 10-day, 25,000 mile around the world trip in his twin-engine Cessna Citation.
2005:  Take That announced they would reunite after 10 years for a tour, but without Robbie Williams.
2007:  Kevin Dubrow, lead vocalist with Quiet Riot, was found dead in his home in Las Vegas, Nevada at age 52, yet another victim of drugs.

Born This Day:
1940:  Percy Sledge was born in Leighton, Alabama; died April 14, 2015 of liver cancer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Note:  some sites show his birth year as 1941, but the 'Encyclopedia of Alabama' and the Rock Hall of Fame state that his birth was in 1940, and this is confirmed by the book 'Historical Gazetteer of the United States' by Paul T. Hellman, as well as the Louisiana Hall of Fame and the 'BBC'.)

1945:  Bev Bevan, drummer of Black Sabbath, the Move and ELO, was born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England. (Note:  there is considerable disagreement on both Bevan's birthday and birth year.  According to 'Billboard' and the newspaper 'The Village Times', Bevan was born on the 25th.  'MTV' and 'Billboard' both state his birth year is 1946, but 'The Birmingham Music Archive', which as the website in his place of birth should have the most accurate information on him, states that he as born in 1945.)
1944:  Bob Lind ("Elusive Butterfly" from 1966) was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1947:  Val Fuentes, drummer of It's a Beautiful Day, who gave us one of The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era* ("White Bird"), was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1950:  Jocelyn Brown, singer who worked with John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, was born in Kinston, North Carolina.

1960:  Amy Grant was born in Augusta, Georgia.

1966:  Stacy Lattisaw ("Let Me Be Your Angel") was born in Washington, D.C.
1967:  Rodney Sheppard, guitarist of Sugar Ray, was born in Trinidad.

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