domingo, 20 de noviembre de 2011

November 20th: On this Day In Music History


1955, The song that changed popular music history 'Rock Around The Clock' by Bill Haley & His Comets went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle. The song entered the charts a further six times until 1974.
1955, Bo Diddley appeared on US The Ed Sullivan Show television show. The show had requested that he sang his version of 'Sixteen Tons', but, when he appeared on stage, he sang his own song 'Bo Diddley' resulting in him being banned from further appearances on the show.
1961, Bob Dylan started recording his debut album over two days at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City
1963, During a UK tour The Beatles performed two shows at the ABC Cinema in Manchester.
1965, The Supremes had their sixth US No.1 single with 'I Hear A Symphony' it peaked at No.39 in the UK.
 
1965, The Walker Brothers kicked off a 10-date UK tour at Buxton Pavilion.
1967, Strawberry Alarm Clock were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Incense And Peppermints'.
1968, The Monkees film 'Head' opened in six US cities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
1971, Isaac Hayes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Theme From Shaft', it made No.4 in the UK. Hayes won a Grammy award for Best Original Film Score with 'Theme From Shaft'.
 
1974, drummer with The Who, Keith Moon collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser. 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers.
1975, The Bay City Rollers' Les McKeown was found not guilty of causing the death of a 76 year old woman that he had hit with his car the previous May. Witnesses said that Euphemia Clunie was walking across the road and had changed directions four times. McKeown was convicted of driving recklessly and fined £150 pounds and banned from driving for a year.
1975, The Who kicked off a month-long North American tour at The Summit in Houston. At a party afterwards drummer Keith Moon was arrested for disorderly conduct and spent the night in jail.
1976, '22 Golden Guitar Greats' by Bert Weedon went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
1976, Paul Simon hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live where he performed live with George Harrison on 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Homeward Bound'. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City watching the show on TV.
1979, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'No More Tears, Enough Is Enough', it made No.3 in the UK.
1981, Prince played the first night on his 56-date North American 'Controversy' tour at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1984, a large crowd of fans watched the unveiling of a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Michael Jackson in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Jackson became star number 1,793 on the famed walk.
1991, A Los Angeles court gave Randy Jackson of The Jackson's a 30-day jail sentence for violating a probation order.
1991, The Rolling Stones announced they'd signed a £20 million deal with Virgin Records, to make three albums over six years.
1998, A study comparing noise levels of rock music, found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than younger people. The researchers carried out by Ohio University tested people age 18 to 21 and people ranging in age from 51 to 58. The study asked participants to rate the loudness of rock music played at nine intensities, ranging from 10 decibels to 90 decibels. Participants listened to 'Heartbreaker' by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different intensities. At each intensity, the older subjects gave the music higher numerical ratings based on loudness than the younger subjects.
2000, Spice Girl Mel C announced she was quitting the group during a TV interview on the ITV Frank Skinner show.
2001, Madonna's childhood home in Oakland County Michigan, sold at an auction in just 12 minutes. The house, along with a few items of Rock memorabilia was purchased for $331,000.
2002, former Ultravox member Midge Ure was fined £500 and ordered to pay £35 costs by magistrates in King's Lynn, Norfolk, after he admitted driving without due care and attention. The court heard that Ure was involved in a minor accident in Norfolk while driving his Chrysler people carrier to a concert near Fakenham where he was performing.
2003, Michael Jackson flew to Santa Barbara to be arrested by police. He was seen in handcuffs being taken into the police station. The singer had his mug shot and fingerprints taken before being freed on $3m bail.
2004, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was fined £40,000 after a fight in a German hotel. Gallagher was arrested along with drummer Alan White and three other members of the band's entourage after the brawl in Munich in December 2002. Gallagher lost two front teeth in the fight, which led to the band abandoning their German tour.
 
2005, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Confessions On A Dancefloor' the singer's eighth UK No.1 album.
2005, Robbie Williams smashed a Guinness World Record by selling more than 1.6 million tickets for his 2006 World Tour in one day. The tickets, snapped up on the first day of sale, were valued at an estimated £80 million.
2007, Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions.
2007, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke admitted he was among the thousands of people who paid nothing to download the band's latest album In Rainbows. Speaking to BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Yorke said: "There wasn't any point. I just move some money from one pocket to the other." According to one survey, three in five people paid nothing at all for it. Yorke added that no one was allowed to have copies of the master recording in case it was leaked beforehand.

November 20th: Born on this day
1942, Born on this day, Norman Greenbaum, singer, songwriter, guitarist, (1970 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'Spirit In The Sky').
1946, Born on this day, Duane Allman, guitar, Allman Brothers Band, (1973 US No.12 single 'Ramblin Man'). Killed in a motorcycle accident on 29th October 1971.
1946, Born on this day, Ray Stiles, Mud, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Tiger Feet', plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
1947, Born on this day, Joe Walsh, guitarist, singer, songwriter, The James Gang, The Eagles, joined in 1976, (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Hotel California', plus 5 US No.1 albums. 'Greatest Hits 1971-1975' is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). Solo, (1978 UK No.14 single 'Life's Been Good').
1956, Born on this day, Robert Poss, guitar, vocals, Band Of Susans, (1988 album 'Hope Against Hope').
1957, Born on this day, Jim Brown, drums, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other Top 40 singles).
1961, Born on this day, Paul King, vocals, King, (1985 UK No.2 single 'Love And Pride') & VH 1 TV presenter.
1962, Born on this day, Steve Alexander, Brother Beyond, (1988 UK No.2 single 'The Harder I Try').
1962, Born on this day, Gail Ann Dorsey, American bass guitarist and vocalist. Worked with David Bowie from 1993-96, recorded and toured with Tears for Fears and has also worked with Bryan Ferry, Boy George, Gwen Stefani and Seal.
1965, Born on this day, Mike Diamond, The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single 'You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party', 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album 'Licence To Ill', plus 3 other US No.1 albums).
1965, Born on this day, Senen Reyes, Sen Dog, Cypress Hill, (1993 UK No.15 single 'I Ain't Goin' Out Like That', 1993 US No.1 album 'Black Sunday').
1966, Born on this day, Kevin Gilbert, multi instrumentalist, songwriter, Member of Giraffe, worked with Sheryl Crow, co- wrote 1994 UK No.4 hit 'All I Want To Do.' Died on 17th May 1996.
1970, Born on this day, 1970, Q- Tip, US male rapper, (1997 UK No. 6 single 'Got 'Til It's Gone').
1975, Born on this day, David Marchand, (Davey Havok), lead vocalist of the American rock band AFI.
1981, Born on this day, Kimberley Walsh, Girls Aloud, (2002 UK No.1 single 'Sound Of The Underground', and over 20 UK Top 20 singles.).
1986, Born on this day, Jared Followill, bassist, Kings Of Leon, (2007 UK No.1 album 'Because Of The Times', 2008 UK No.1 single 'Sex on Fire', 2008 UK No.1 album 'Only By The Night').
 
Died on this day
1973, American musician, parodist, satirist Allan Sherman died of emphysema ten days before his 49th birthday. Had the 1963 US No.2 & UK No.14 single 'Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah'.