Rock 'n' Roll History for
November 21






1955 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Elvis Presley agrees to let Col. Tom Parker be his manager. Not really a colonel, Parker was a flamboyant promoter whose previous experience includes The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys and was a veteran of carnivals, medicine shows and various other entertainment enterprises.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
"Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs topped the Billboard chart. At just one minute, 37 seconds long, it is the shortest number one record in Rock and Roll history. The song would reach #14 in the UK in 1961.

November 21
While The Beatles are performing at the Kaiserkellar in Hamburg, Germany, 17 year old George Harrison is deported back to England for being in the club while underage.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis Presley is released in the US. By the end of the year it will gross $4.7 million, finishing as the #8 top-grossing movie of the year.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is" enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #6 during a 14 week stay. The song would become a hit all over again when James Taylor took it to #5 in 1975.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Bill Black, who backed Elvis Presley on his early hits, died of a brain tumor at the age of 39. After leaving Elvis, he formed Bill Black's Combo and placed 8 hits in the US Top 40, including "White Silver Sands" in 1960.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage of John Lennon's child. They named the baby John Ono Lennon II and buried it at a secret location.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Two months after launching their TV series, The Partridge Family reaches the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with "I Think I Love You". The only members of the cast who actually sang on the record were David Cassidy and his real-life step-mother, Shirley Jones.

November 21
The Carpenters were at #2 on the US singles chart with "We've Only Just Begun", a song originally written for a TV commercial advertising a bank.

1973 - ClassicBands.com.

November 21
Comedian / songwriter, Allan Sherman, who is best remembered for 1963's "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh", died of respiratory ailments a few days shy of his 49th birthday.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
After years of saying he never would, Marty Balin joined Jefferson Starship on stage at the Winterland in San Francisco.

November 21
Wilson Pickett was arrested in New York for possession of a dangerous weapon after he pulled a gun during an argument.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Eagles' drummer / vocalist Don Henley is arrested in Los Angeles after paramedics find a nude, sixteen year-old girl suffering from drug intoxication at his home. Henley was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, cocaine and Quaaludes and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He received a $2,000 fine with two years probation.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Olivia Newton-John started the first of 10 weeks at the top of the US singles chart with "Physical". It was her fourth US #1 and went on to sell over 2 million copies. In the UK, the song reached #7.

November 21
Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" entered the top 5 on the US singles chart, where it would sit for the next 10 weeks, unable to unseat "Physical" by Olivia Newton John and "I Can't Go For That" by Hall And Oates. The band would eventually score a number one hit with "I Want to Know What Love Is" in 1985.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
39-year-old Joni Mitchell marries her bass player, Larry Klein, at the Malibu home of her manager, Elliot Roberts. The union would dissolve twelve years later.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Michael Jackson's 14 minute video, Thriller premiers in L.A. movie theatres. Guinness World Records later named it as the "most successful music video", selling over 9 million units.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Billy Idol had Billboard's top tune with a live version of Tommy James And The Shondells', "Mony Mony". Idol pushed another Tommy James' re-make, Tiffany's version of "I Think We're Alone Now", down to number four.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Mick Jagger marries his girlfriend of 10 years, model Jerry Hall, on the island of Bali. The two would split in 1998 and the marriage was declared 'null and void' in August 1999 after a judge ruled that the six hour ceremony in Bali was never registered.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
An arrest warrant was issued for Michael Jackson's brother Randy after he failed to surrender to authorities in Los Angeles to begin serving a 30-day jail sentence for assaulting his wife and baby.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
British singer Jonathan King, who reached #17 in 1965 with "Everyone's Gone To The Moon", was found guilty of sexual assault involving five boys aged 14 and 15 during the 1980s. Although he maintained his innocence, King was sentenced to seven years in prison and was paroled in 2005.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Songwriter Buddy Kaye passed away at the age of 84. His 57 year songwriting career produced Barry Manilow's "The Old Songs", Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales", Perry Como's "You're Adorable" and the theme for the TV show I Dream of Jeannie.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
The newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced. Those who will join the distinguished list of previous inductees are George Harrison, Prince, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, The Dells, Bob Seger and Traffic. George Harrison will become the third Beatle to enter the Rock Hall as a solo performer; John Lennon was inducted in 1992 and Paul McCartney in 1999. The group was inducted in 1988.

November 21
Teddy Randazzo, a Rock icon from the 1950s who composed classic hit songs such as "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad", passed away at the age of 68.

November 21
An acoustic guitar on which the late Beatle George Harrison learned to play, fetched 276,000 Pounds ($431,812) at a London auction. The Egmond guitar was originally bought for Harrison by his father for 3.50.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
More than 40 years after Christians around the world were infuriated by John Lennon's saying that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus", the Vatican's official newspaper absolved John of his notorious remark, saying that "After so many years it sounds merely like the boasting of an English, working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success."

2010 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Ratings for ABC's telecast of The American Music Awards dropped 22% from the previous year, making it one of the lowest rated shows in the history of the program.

2012 - ClassicBands.com.

November 21
The Grammy Hall Of Fame announced that 27 new recordings were being added, including: "Hit The Road Jack" by Ray Charles, "Piano Man" by Billy Joel, "I Feel Good" by James Brown, "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by Bob Dylan.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
The Beatles "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2" debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, making it the Fab Four's 31st Top 10 album.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

November 21
Leonard Cohen's rendition of "Hallelujah" appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in the single's history in the week following his death. Thirty-two years after his signature tune was first released on the 1984 LP "Various Positions", the song came in at #59 on the strength of 33,000 downloads and 3.8 million streams.






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