Rock 'n' Roll History for
November 4






1957 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Jackie Wilson makes his Billboard chart debut when "Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet)" enters at #93. Unfortunately for Wilson, the song would drop off the chart the following week.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Bob Dylan makes his debut at the Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City. Most of the fifty people in attendance are his friends who paid two bucks to get in. Dylan was paid twenty dollars for the night.

November 4
Three weeks after turning 21 years old, Cliff Richard's "I'm 21 Today" tops the UK chart.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
The Beatles appear at the Royal Command Performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. In attendance are the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden. It was here that John Lennon made his now famous announcement: "For our last number, I'd like to ask for your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands and the rest of you, if you'd just rattle your jewellery, we'd like to sing a song called Twist and Shout." John would later say "I was fantastically nervous, but I wanted to rebel a bit and that was the best I could do."

1967 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles' "I Second That Emotion" is released. The tune will top the Billboard R&B chart, reach #4 on the Pop chart and climb to #27 in the UK.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Eight weeks after entering the Billboard Hot 100, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash claims the top spot. It made #5 in the UK.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
The De Franco Family enjoyed their biggest hit when "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat" topped out at #3 on the Billboard chart.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Even though he was the one who was the most opposed to touring in the final years of The Beatles, George Harrison became the first to set out on a solo tour when he appeared in Vancouver, Canada with Billy Preston. It will be a troublesome show for him as his voice is ravaged after LP sessions and tour rehearsals. The concert and the rest of the tour played in front of thin crowds.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Van Morrison makes a guest appearance on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, where he performs two numbers from his recent album "Kingdom Hall".

November 4
After returning from a two year hiatus, Anne Murray topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the biggest selling single of her career, "You Needed Me". It was her fourth US Top Ten single and made #22 in the UK. Anne would go on to put six more songs on Billboard's Top 40 Pop chart.

November 4
Boston, the Rock band from the city of the same name, play their hometown for the first time since becoming major stars. They open a two night, sold out stand at the Boston Garden.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Elton John became only the third artist in history to put 50 hit records on the UK charts. His first was "Your Song" in 1971 and the fiftieth was "Sacrifice". The first two artists with 50 hits were Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & The M.G.s, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds are elected to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Elton John and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million publishing contract with Warner-Chappell music.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Fred Smith, guitarist for the MC5 on their Shock-Rock hit "Kick Out The Jams", died of heart failure at the age of 46.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
After an 18 month delay, Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' "The Pet Sounds Sessions", a 4-CD boxed set which details the creation of The Beach Boys' album "Pet Sounds". Overseen by producer Brian Wilson, the collection allows the listener to hear a capella vocals from the master tapes and alternate mixes of the songs.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Robin Bachman and Blair Thornton, both former members of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, launched a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada over the rights to the name of their iconic 1970s group. The suit claimed Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, the other members of the Rock quartet, signed away their rights to the names Bachman-Turner Overdrive, BTO and any similar brands when Randy left in 1977 to go solo. The suit would be successful.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Aretha Franklin canceled all of her appearances until next Spring on the advice of her doctors. The 68 year old Queen Of Soul was released from a Detroit hospital on October 30th after being admitted for undisclosed reasons.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
A copyright infringement lawsuit filed by songwriter Guy Hobbs against Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin over their hit song "Nikita" was thrown out of court. The Judge ruled that both songs shared similar themes and phrases, but that these were prevalent in modern music.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

November 4
Janis Joplin was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

November 4
During an interview on Detroit radio station WCSX, Ted Nugent was asked if he had a future in politics. He replied, "I have threatened to run for public office, because I have been prodded to do so... I believe that I would perform an enormous upgrade in returning to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and most important of all, accountability."






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