Rock 'n' Roll History for
November 12






1957 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
A film called Jamboree previews in Hollywood. Among those featured are Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Slim Whitman and Connie Francis.

November 12
Johnny Cash enters Sun Studios in Memphis to record "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen". The song will peak at #1 on the Billboard Country chart in February, 1958 and #16 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in March.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
At a time when Rock and Roll seemed to be fading, Johnny Mathis had the number one album in the US. Elvis was in the army and Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard couldn't make a hit record when Mathis' L.P. "Heavenly" became his second to reach the top.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Shirley Ellis records a song that she co-wrote with Lincoln Chase, "The Name Game", as a follow-up to her #8 hit, "The Nitty Gritty". Her latest effort would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart. As most of us figured out as kids, playing the game with names such as Alice, Dallas, Tucker, Chuck, Bart, Art, Marty, Mitch, Rich, Richie, Maggie, Ruby, Danny or Annie, results in profanity or rude language.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Velvet Underground made their live debut when they played at Summit High School in New Jersey. The newly formed band, who took their name from a paperback about a secret sexual subculture of the early 1960s, were paid $75 for the gig.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" is released and begins its climb to #8 in the UK and #2 in the US. It was long rumored that the song is about smoking dried banana skins, which was believed to be a hallucinogenic drug in the 1960s, but this rumor has since been debunked. The song's title actually refers to the fact that Donovan had suffered from liver disease in early 1966 and had become severely jaundiced.

November 12
The Monkees' debut album started a 13 week run at the top of the Billboard album chart, selling over 3 million copies in three months.

November 12
Johnny Rivers went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart with "Poor Side Of Town". In the UK however, the record failed to become a hit.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Jerry Lee Lewis records "To Make Love Sweeter For You", a song that will top the Country charts in the US.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Just like he did in his prime, Sly Stone shows up over an hour late for his "comeback" concert in Los Angeles. When he finally arrives, he is arrested for non-payment of child support.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Billy Preston was sentenced to three years in prison for violating probation when he tested positive for cocaine. Another year was added to his sentence when he was convicted of having arranged a fake burglary of his house in 1994. He would be released after 18 months in California's Avenal State Prison.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was sentenced in a UK court to four months in jail after pleading guilty to charges of possessing child pornography. In a separate trial hours earlier, the British Glam-rocker was acquitted of sexually assaulting an underage fan almost twenty years before.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Tony Thompson, drummer for Chic, passed away from renal cell cancer at the age of 48. Thompson played on all the Chic hits, including "Dance, Dance, Dance", "Le Freak", "I Want Your Love" and "Good Times".

2008 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a Portland, Oregon hotel room. He had just completed the Experience Hendrix Tour and was starting a brief vacation before returning to his native England. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office later ruled that the 62-year-old Mitchell had died of natural causes.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

November 12
An Asian collector bought a platinum chronograph Patek Philippe wristwatch owned by Eric Clapton for $3.63 million. .






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