Rock 'n' Roll History for
November 11






1954 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Bill Haley's rendition of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" peaks at #7 during its US chart run of 27 weeks. Producer Milt Gabler would later say that he "cleaned up" the lyrics from Joe Turner's original 1954 version in order to insure radio air-play.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Billboard magazine publishes the results of its annual disc jockey poll. The most played R&B single is Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love", the most promising artist is Chuck Berry, the favorite R&B artist is Fats Domino and Elvis Presley is voted the most promising Country And Western artist.

November 11
Billboard introduces The Top 100 format, which will combine record sales with radio and jukebox play to arrive at the standings. The Four Aces "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" has the distinction of being the first number one record using the new calculation method.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" is released in the US, where it will rise to #3 and stay on the chart for sixteen weeks. It was also a big hit in the UK, reaching #6.

November 11
Dance Teacher magazine denounces England's Princess Margaret for endorsing Rock 'n' Roll, and in doing so, hastening the demise of Ballroom dancing. The article went on to say that "Rock 'n' Roll should be discouraged."

1958 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Hank Ballard And The Midnighters record the original version of "The Twist". It was issued as the B side of the Gospel style ballad "Teardrops On Your Letter" and although it reached #16 on the R&B chart, Ballard's version of "The Twist" wouldn't appear on the Billboard Pop chart until just after Chubby Checker's version took off two years later.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
24-year-old Tom Jones records "It's Not Unusual" for Britain's Decca Records. The song, originally offered to, but turned down by Sandie Shaw, will become Jones' breakthrough hit, reaching #1 in the UK and #10 in the US.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Van Morrison performs his current US #10 hit, "Brown Eyed Girl" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Although the song has become a staple on US Oldies radio, it was not a hit in the UK.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen become the proud parents of a daughter that they name Lee Parkin Starkey.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
A little over a year after The Allman Brothers Band lost Duane Allman in a motorcycle accident, their bassist, 24 year old Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus, just three blocks away from the site that claimed Allman. At first, Oakley seemed all right, but died twenty minutes after being brought to the hospital.

November 11
Gilbert O'Sullivan tops the UK chart with "Clair", the first of his two number one records in Great Britain. He would achieve his second with "Get Down" next April.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Thirty radio stations across the United States broadcast what it billed as a "live" show by Mott the Hoople. It was really nothing more than Hoople's studio tracks with dubbed-in applause.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Donna Summer's Disco version of "MacArthur Park" rose to the top of the Billboard chart, besting Richard Harris' 1968 rendition by one spot. It would be the first of four number one singles for Summer. Songwriter Jimmy Webb would later explain that the mysterious lyrics about the cake melting in the rain is simply a metaphor for a love affair ending.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Marvin Gaye's first release since leaving Motown Records earlier in the year, "Sexual Healing", becomes his 13th and final #1 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song will reach #3 on the Pop chart and #4 in the UK early next year.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Bobby Sheen, the male vocalist of Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans on their 1963, US #8 hit "Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah", died of pneumonia at the age of 58. That song originally appeared in the 1946 Disney live action and animated movie Song of the South.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
British Phonographic industry data showed that sales of singles were at their lowest level in 25 years, making up less than 10% of all music sold.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
54-year-old Jo Wood, wife of The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, was granted a divorce after 24 years of marriage on the grounds of adultery. The couple split in 2008 after the guitarist, 64, began a relationship with a 20-year-old woman.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

November 11
Pamela Des Barres, a woman who describes herself as "The world's most famous groupie", defended Mick Jagger after Keith Richards questioned the size of his manhood in the Richards autobiography Life. Des Barres says "I beg to differ with Keith on the sexual prowess of his lead singer. In all ways (including size), I got plenty of satisfaction."






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