Rock 'n' Roll History for
November 30






1958 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
The Crests release "16 Candles", which would go on to reach number 2 on Billboard's Pop chart and number 4 on the R&B chart, earning the New York quintet a Gold record.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
Billboard magazine reports the payola scandal "will substantially damage the careers of at least twenty-five DJs." Alan Freed is quoted as saying that his career has gone "down the drain."

1963 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
The Beach Boy's "In My Room" cracks Billboard's Top 40. Although the song would only climb to #23, it would be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and was ranked number 212 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
The Supremes topped the Billboard Pop chart for the eleventh time with "Love Child", a song that Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong first introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
The Monkees make their final live appearance at a show in Oakland, California. Mike Nesmith announces plans for a new band, while Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz say they will keep the Monkees act going. It would be fifteen years before the original four would play together live again.

November 30
Simon and Garfunkel's first TV special airs, but their sponsor, AT&T, backs out when they learn that the duo plan to show footage of Bobby Kennedy's funeral march and clips of the Vietnam War.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
Paul McCartney And Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi", which is promptly banned from the BBC because of its "unsuitable lyrics." The song still managed to be a hit, reaching #5 in the UK and #10 in the US early the next year.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
Former Kris Kristofferson sideman Billy Swan had the best selling record in America with "I Can Help", a song he recorded in just two takes.

November 30
The Eagles' "Best Of My Love" is released. It will become the first of their five US number one singles.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
Billboard magazine announced that the Hot 100 chart would now take airplay into consideration as well as sales.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
Tiny Tim, who reached #17 in the US in 1968 with "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips", suffered a heart attack on stage and later died in a Minneapolis hospital. He was 63.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London's Albert Hall performing "It's A Sin" with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled off their uniforms during the performance.

2000 - ClassicBands.com
November 30
Scott Smith, bassist for Loverboy, died at the age of 45 after a 26-foot wave swept him overboard in shark infested waters off the coast of San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge. Loverboy reached the Billboard Top 40 ten times, including two Top 10 hits, "Almost Paradise" and "Lovin' Every Minute Of It".

2001 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
Flags are lowered to half-staff at the Liverpool Town Hall and a book of condolence is opened in memory of George Harrison. In London, the Coldstream Guards play a Beatles medley during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

November 30
Johnnie Johnson filed a lawsuit against Chuck Berry that claimed that Johnson had co-written many of Berry's hits, including "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven". Johnson, who was Berry's piano player, claims to have written the melodies to which Berry simply added the lyrics. Berry had stated earlier that he composed "Johnny B. Goode" to honor Johnson, who was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The suit would be dismissed two years later.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

November 30
A Swedish woman named Lisa Johansen, who for more than two decades has been trying to convince everyone that she's Elvis Presley's real daughter and that Lisa Marie Presley has stolen her identity, filed a lawsuit against the Presley family claiming more than $130 million in damages for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. Johansen gained notoriety after publishing a 1998 memoir entitled, "I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley's Real Daughter." Interest in her story faded after she reportedly refused to take a DNA test.






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