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Rock and Roll History

November 16th to November 22nd

Classic Rockers In The News - Rock & Roll Birthdays - Number One Records

1952 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend just four days after he divorces his first wife. In all, Bill would marry three times and have eight children.

1954 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Sammy Davis Jr. was involved in a car accident in which he lost his left eye. Sammy had released a number of singles which were mostly ignored until he signed with Decca Records in 1955, where he scored hits with "Something's Gotta Give", "Love Me or Leave Me" and "That Old Black Magic".

1955 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Carl Perkins recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" at Sun Studios in Memphis. It became his biggest Pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard chart. Elvis Presley's version, which gets more air-play these days, only managed to get to #20.

November 20
After the staff of The Ed Sullivan Show requested he sing "Sixteen Tons", Bo Diddley instead performs "Bo Diddley" live on the Sunday night TV show. Sullivan was so infuriated, Bo would never be invited back. The singer later recalled, "Ed Sullivan said that I was one of the first colored boys to ever double-cross him. Said that I wouldn't last six months." Diddley would prove Sullivan wrong, as he released 11 albums between 1958 and 1963.

November 20
RCA Victor buys Elvis Presley's contract from Sun Records for $40,000. The deal was inked at New York's Warwick Hotel and gave Elvis $13,500 for signing.

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.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

November 15
Elvis Presley's first movie, Love Me Tender was released by 20th Century Fox. The film starred Richard Egan and Debra Paget and would be the only one of his movies that Elvis didn't received top billing. After the film was made, Egan told the press, "That boy could charm the birds right out of the trees."

November 18
Fats Domino appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and sang his hit "Blueberry Hill", which was still rising up the US charts on its way to #2.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
As a follow-up to his #3 hit, "Be-Bop Baby", Ricky Nelson records "Stood Up", which will reach #2 early the following year.

November 19
Chicago radio station WCFL is picketed by the local chapter of the Elvis Presley fan club when it refuses to play Presley's records. Despite the protest, the station did not change its policy.

November 22
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appear as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
The Kingston Trio led the US hit parade with a century-old folk song called "Tom Dooley". Although this popular group would place nine more songs in the US Top 40, this would be their only number one.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
After topping the US chart with "Come Softly To Me" the previous April, The Fleetwoods enjoyed their second number one song with "Mr. Blue".

November 19
An RCA executive caused quite a stir when he told members of the press that when Elvis returns to civilian life, people will notice a great change in his style of music. Colonel Tom Parker quickly issued a statement to fans, telling them that won't be the case.

November 20
Rock and Roll disc jockey Alan Freed is fired from WABC television in New York for refusing to say that he never accepted payola. Eight days later he would be canned from WNEW-TV New York.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
After Brenda Lee had turned it down for being "too Country", Patsy Cline records "I Fall To Pieces" for Decca Records in Nashville. The song will enter the US charts the following summer and rise to #12.

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 20
With the Twist craze sweeping across North America, Billboard reports that WOR-TV, New York, has shot a series of one and five minute Twist lessons with Chubby Checker, to be shown hourly every day.

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.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" reaches the top spot on the Billboard singles chart, just as their first hit, "Sherry" did earlier in the year. Songwriter Bob Crewe later said that he was inspired to write the song after he heard actor John Payne use the phase "big girls don't cry" in a 1956 movie called Slightly Scarlet. In the UK, the song reached #13.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The brother and sister team of Nino Tempo and April Stevens hit the top of the Billboard chart with "Deep Purple", a song that they recorded in just two takes. In the UK, it reached #27.

November 17
John Weightman, the Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, banned all students from having Beatle haircuts. In announcing his decision he said "This ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."

November 22
The Beatles released their second album, "With The Beatles", in the UK. The collection featured "All My Loving", "Please Mr. Postman" and "Roll Over Beethoven" and would succeed their first L.P. in the #1 spot, giving the Fab Four a string of 51 consecutive weeks at the top of the UK album chart.

November 22
Phil Spector releases a Christmas album called "A Christmas Gift for You", which was recorded over the Spring and Summer and contained songs by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
Jay And The Americans record "Let's Lock The Door", which will reach #11 on the Billboard chart early the next year.

November 18
The Supremes appear on TV's Rock 'n' Roll show, Shindig! and perform "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me". The Righteous Brothers are also on the bill, and sing "Little Latin Lupe Lu".

November 19
Gary Lewis records "This Diamond Ring", which will climb to number one in the US the following January. Although the single will be credited to Gary Lewis And The Playboys, the music was actually provided by studio musicians and Lewis' voice was heavily mixed with that of singer Ron Hicklin. Co-writer Al Kooper has often said that although it has been his biggest commercial success as a songwriter, he was never happy with the Lewis version.

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 20
"I Hear A Symphony" becomes The Supremes' sixth US number one single. The trio had their streak of five chart toppers in a row interrupted by "Nothing But Heartaches", which stalled at number 11.

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.

November 22
24-year-old Bob Dylan married 26-year-old former Playboy Bunny, Sara Lowndes, under an oak tree on a judge's lawn on Mineola, Long Island. She was to be the inspiration for the songs "Sara" and "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands". Sara would file for divorce in March, 1977.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
The Supremes enjoy their eighth US number one hit with "You Keep Me Hangin' On". It made #8 in the UK.

November 22
Ray Charles appears in a Boston court and is fined $10,000 and given a five year suspended sentence after being convicted a year earlier of drug possession.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
19 year old Arlo Guthrie released an album called "Alice's Restaurant". When the eighteen minute long title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival, it helped foster a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of Alice's Restaurant, directed by Arthur Penn.

November 20
The Beach Boys' album, "Smiley Smile", co-produced by Paul McCartney, is released in Britain and The United States. Unfortunately, the album would fail to reach the top forty in either country and the single, "Vegetables", would not chart at all. Facing the Beach Boys dwindling popularity sends leader Brian Wilson further into reclusiveness.

November 22
The Elvis Presley film Clambake opens in the US to dismal reviews. Despite the thin plot and weak story line, the movie will still be a box office success.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
B.J. Thomas' "Hooked On A Feeling" is released. It will enter the Billboard chart in December and climb to #5, but was not a hit in the UK.

November 18
Glen Campbell, a former session musician who appeared on recordings by Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole and the Beach Boys, receives two Gold records - the first for "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and another for "Gentle On My Mind".

November 18
The Jimi Hendrix double album, "Electric Ladyland" made it to number one on the US albums chart for the first of two weeks. Jimi got a little help on the L.P. from Steve Winwood, Al Kooper and Dave Mason.

November 18
The Spiral Staircase record their million selling tune, "More Today Than Yesterday", which will reach #12 on the Billboard chart and #7 on the Cash Box Best Sellers list the following Spring. Unfortunately, about 18 months following the single's release, after issuing one album and a couple of more singles, the group disbanded due to management issues and squabbles over finances.

November 18
An L.A. based quartet made up of Randy Meisner, Jim Messina, Richie Furay and Rusty Young, who called themselves Pogo, debuted at The Troubadour. After building up an local following, they would be forced to change their moniker, which they had openly pilfered from Walt Kelly's comic strip of the same name, when Kelly filed suit. They settled on Poco because it sounded like the original name that fans had come to know.

November 19
Diana Ross, onstage with The Supremes at the Royal Command Variety Performance in London, interrupts the show with a plea for interracial understanding. The audience, which includes members of the royal family, applauds for two minutes.

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.

November 22
The Beatles release a double album simply called "The Beatles", but known to fans as "The White Album". Among the 29 songs on the L.P. is Ringo Starr's first song writing contribution, "Don't Pass Me By", which as a single, made it to number one in Scandinavia.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
Jerry Lee Lewis and wife / cousin Myra Brown are granted a divorce, ending their thirteen year marriage. The two wed on December 12, 1957, when Myra was just 14 years old.

November 19
James Brown marries Deidre Yvonne Jenkins on the front porch of her house in Barnwell, South Carolina. The pair would divorce on January 10th, 1981.

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.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
Rod Stewart and The Faces release "A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse", their third LP together. The album contains the band's biggest US hit, "Stay with Me", which reaches #17, while the LP went into the US Top Ten.

November 20
Isaac Hayes hit number 1 in the US with the "Theme From Shaft", a mostly instrumental track used in the Shaft movie, starring Richard Roundtree. It was Hayes' only million-selling single, although he did place seven other songs in the US Top 40, but only one of those cracked the Top 20.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
Bill Withers appears on Soul Train, singing his hit "Lean On Me" and its follow-up, "Use Me Up".

November 18
Danny Whitten, of Neil Young's backup band Crazy Horse, died of an alleged heroin overdose at the age of 29. The tragedy inspired Young to write "The Needle and the Damage Done". Whitten is often remembered for writing "I Don't Want To Talk About It", recorded by both Rita Coolidge and Rod Stewart.

November 18
Cat Stevens started a three week run at the top of the US album chart with his most successful LP, "Catch Bull At Four". Stevens played 14 different instruments during the recording of the ten tracks that make up the LP.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
David Bowie's first British TV special, 1980 Floor Show aired on NBC as an episode of Midnight Special. His guests were Marianne Faithful and The Troggs.

November 17
13-year-old Tony DeFranco led Canada's The DeFranco Family to the top of the Cashbox Best Sellers list with "Heartbeat - It's A Lovebeat". The song would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, but did not chart in the UK.

November 20
A 19 year old fan of The Who, Scot Halpin, got the thrill of a lifetime when he was recruited from the audience to replace an exhausted Keith Moon, who was suffering from jet lag. The young man lasted only three songs, when he also was too tired to continue.

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 16
John Lennon had his only solo, number one hit in the US during his lifetime when "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" hit the top. In his homeland, it could do no better than #36. His girl friend, May Pang, would later recall that John got the inspiration for the song when he saw TV evangelist Reverend Ike utter the phrase "Let me tell you guys, it doesn't matter, it's whatever gets you through the night."

November 17
ABBA kick off their first European tour in Copenhagen, playing outside of Sweden for the first time.

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.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
John Denver is awarded a Gold record for his double sided, US #1 hit, "I'm Sorry" / "Calypso", which topped Billboard's Hot 100, Country Chart and Easy Listening Chart.

November 20
The Bay City Rollers' Les McKeown is found not guilty of causing the death of a 76 year old woman that he had hit with his car the previous May. Witnesses said that Euphemia Clunie was walking across the road and had changed directions four times. McKeown was convicted of driving recklessly and fined 150 pounds and prohibited from driving for a year.

November 20
The Who kick off a month-long American tour at The Summit in Houston. At a party afterwards, bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct and spends a few hours in jail.

November 22
Less than three months after achieving their first number one record, "Get Down Tonight", KC And The Sunshine Band return to the top of the Hot 100 with "That's The Way (I Like It)". It made #4 in the UK.

November 22
Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs" enters the US chart, on its way to number one. Although Manilow wrote many of his hits, this one was actually written by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Van Morrison's 1970 album, "Moondance" is awarded a Gold record. The LP, which made it to #29 on the Hot 200, contained two hits: the title track and "Into the Mystic", and would be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

November 20
Paul Simon hosts NBC's Saturday Night Live where he duets with George Harrison on "Here Comes The Sun" and "Homeward Bound". Paul McCartney and John Lennon are both in New York and watching the show on TV.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
The Ramones' lead singer, Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman) suffered second degree burns when a faulty humidifier exploded before a show in Passaic, New Jersey. After emergency treatment, he finished the concert, but would spend the following week at the New York Hospital Burn Center.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The Bee Gees, Billy Preston and Peter Frampton make their acting debuts as their movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens. The film proves to be a box office disaster, with most major movie critics bashing it.

November 16
A concert by Queen at New York's Madison Square Garden featured a row of semi-nude, over-weight women on bicycles to promote the band's current single, "Fat-Bottomed Girls".

November 18
Billy Joel topped the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with "52nd Street", his first US #1 LP. In 1982, it would become the first commercial album to be released on compact disc (by Sony Music Entertainment).

1979 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
Former Jethro Tull bass player John Glascock died of a heart attack in London at the age of 26. Though he recorded with the band, Glascock's long battle with heart disease kept him from touring.

November 17
The Commodores held down the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Still", their twelfth Billboard Pop chart entry.

November 18
Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmastime", a tune on which he plays all the instruments himself.

November 18
Chuck Berry was released from Lompoc Prison Farm in California after serving four months for tax evasion. While he was away, his last studio album of new material, "Rock It", was issued by Atco Records. To date, the non-charting LP remains his most recent studio album, although he has released some live recordings since.

November 22
Tony Orlando returned to the concert stage in San Carlos, California after a self-imposed, three-month retirement following the suicide death of his good friend, actor Freddie Prinze.

November 22
Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" is awarded a Platinum disc. The record had a ten week run at the top of the Billboard chart and spent eight weeks leading the Cashbox best sellers list.

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.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Tom Evens of Badfinger died at the age of 36. Like his band mate Pete Ham, Evens also hanged himself. Paul McCartney had chosen Evens to sing lead on the band's 1970, #7 hit, "Come And Get It".

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.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
The largest crowd to see the unveiling of a Hollywood Walk-of-Fame star turned out as Michael Jackson got his piece of the sidewalk right in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The Gloved One became star number 1,793 on the famed walk.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
With Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas sharing lead vocals, Starship enjoy their first number one record with "We Built This City", an honor that previous incarnations of the band, Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship could not accomplish. Despite the song's success, it has often been the target of music critics, including Blender Magazine, who named it their "worst song ever" in April, 2004. Their readers disagreed with the editors however, choosing "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus as their least favorite by a wide margin.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
The band U2 opened for themselves when they pretended to be a Country / Rock group called The Dalton Brothers at a concert in Los Angeles.

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.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
Stan Love, former manager of The Beach Boys and brother of lead singer Mike Love, is sentenced to 5 years probation for embezzling more than $300,000 from the band.

November 22
Janet Ertel of The Chordettes died of cancer at the age of 75. The group made the Billboard chart nine times between 1954 and 1961 with songs such as "Mr. Sandman" and "Lollipop".

1990 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is involved in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles which leaves him with a broken leg, ankle and shoulder. Police say he was speeding and not wearing a helmet.

November 18
The Righteous Brothers saw their popularity surge when the movie, Ghost, (starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore) featured their 1965 hit, "Unchained Melody". Their original version and a re-recorded cut both made it into the US top 20, while three Greatest Hits albums made the Billboard chart.

November 18
Paul McCartney's original birth certificate, which had been sold by his stepmother, was bought by a collector at an auction in Houston, Texas for $18,000.

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 20
The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million contract with Virgin Records, making them Rock's highest paid group. That record has since been eclipsed. Their deal called on the band to make 3 albums over 6 years.

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.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
After a long battle to claim royalties, Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago of Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song "Why Do Fools Fall In Love".

November 18
Black Sabbath were honored with a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood.

November 19
Songwriter Bobby Russell, who wrote many US Top 40 hits including "Honey" and "Little Green Apples", died of heart disease at the age of 51. Russell scored a hit of his own in 1971 with "Saturday Morning Confusion" which reached the Top 25 on the Country charts and the Top 30 on the Pop charts. In 1973 he composed "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", which became a number one hit for his wife, Vicki Lawrence.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
David Crosby undergoes a successful liver transplant. During his stay at UCLA Medical Center, David received two pieces of wonderful news: He found out that his wife Jan was pregnant and he got a letter from the adoptive father of the son that David had given up for adoption in the early 1960s.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
The Rolling Stones become the first act to broadcast a concert over the Internet.

November 19
A 60 track album called "Beatles Anthology I" is released in the US and sets a first-day sales record of 450,000 units.

November 19
The latest James Bond movie, Goldeneye opens in the US, featuring the title song by Tina Turner.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
Gary Glitter is questioned by police after he was arrested at a computer store in Bristol England. Store staff reported that, while doing repair work, they had found child pornography on his hard drive.

November 22
Michael Hutchence, the 37-year-old lead singer of INXS, was found dead in his room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Double Bay, Sydney. The New South Wales coroner determined that Hutchence's death was the result of suicide, although some who were close to him believe he may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
Doug Sahm, leader of The Sir Douglas Quintet ("She's About A Mover") died of natural causes while vacationing at the at the Kachina Inn in Taos, New Mexico. He was just days shy of his 58th birthday.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
A life-sized statue of Sonny Bono is unveiled in downtown Palm Springs, California, where he was once mayor.

November 20
Madonna's childhood home in Oakland County Michigan, sold at an auction in just 12 minutes. The house, along with a few items of Rock memorabilia, was purchased for $331,000.

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 teen-aged boys between the years of 1982 and 1987. King, who was sentenced to seven years in prison, has maintained his innocence.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
Former Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman threatened a US journalist with legal action because he shares the same name as the musician. The star's lawyers ordered the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter to "cease and desist" writing under his birth name, insisting that he add a disclaimer to everything he writes, "clearly indicating that (you are) not the same Bill Wyman who was a member of the Rolling Stones". The writer however was born with the name in 1961, three years before the musician changed his name from William George Perks to Bill Wyman. The whole thing eventually died down and no suit was ever filed.

November 19
Michael Jackson shocked onlookers in Berlin after appearing to dangle his baby, Prince Michael II, from a fifth-floor hotel balcony.

November 20
Stevie Wonder was said to be "highly upset" over his mother's book, Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway. In it, she wrote that Stevie lost his virginity to a prostitute, a story that had been printed elsewhere. The allegation was deleted from later editions of the book.

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.

November 22
The surviving members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with a new line up including ex-Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Original drummer John Densmore was not able to take part because he suffers from severe tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
Arthur Conley, who recorded the 1967 hit, "Sweet Soul Music", died at his home in the town of Ruurlo in the eastern Netherlands. The 57 year old singer had been suffering from intestinal cancer and had grown progressively weak in recent weeks.

November 17
Don Gibson died of natural causes at the age of 75. Along with his Country music success, he also placed four songs on the US Pop charts, including the #7 single "Oh Lonesome Me" in 1958 and "Sea Of Heartbreak", #21 in 1961.

November 18
The Beatles released "Let It Be... Naked" (minus the Phil Spector embellishments on the original album). The LP would reach #5 in the US and #7 in the UK.

November 18
Sixty to seventy personnel from the Santa Barbara County sheriff's and district attorney's offices served a warrant at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. At the time of the raid, Jackson and his family were in Las Vegas, where Jackson was filming a video.

November 19
Meat Loaf collapsed onstage during a sold-out concert at London's Wembley Arena. He reportedly tried to continue his performance before being advised by paramedics on the scene to cancel the show.

November 19
Greg Ridley, bassist for Humble Pie, died of pneumonia and resulting complications. He was 56.

November 20
Phil Spector, known for his creation of the Wall of Sound, was charged with murder in connection with the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector was first arrested on February 3, 2002 after police found Clarkson's body in a pool of blood at the entrance to Spector's mansion.

November 20
Michael Jackson flew to Santa Barbara to be arrested. He was seen in handcuffs being taken into the police station. The singer had his mug shot and fingerprints taken before being freed on $3 million bail.

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.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
J. Marc Schaffel, a former producer and business associate of Michael Jackson, filed a law suit against Jackson over loans and payments made on Jackson's behalf. The 3 million dollar suit also claimed that Jackson did not fully pay Schaffel for his role in producing two television specials.

November 22
62 year old producer and songwriter Terry Melcher, known for his work with Paul Revere And The Raiders, The Beach Boys, The Mamas And Papas, Glen Campbell and The Byrds, lost his battle with cancer.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

November 18
Vietnamese police conduct a search for 61-year-old Gary Glitter because of his alleged relationship with a teenage Vietnamese girl.

November 18
US Sen. Russ Feingold introduced legislation designed to close loopholes on payola-like practices by broadcast companies that force performers to play for reduced fees or for free.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
In a poll compiled by the Official UK Charts Company, "Queen's Greatest Hits" was named as the most popular album of all time in Britain. According to the list, the album has sold around 5.4 million copies, beating the Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", which has sold 4.8 million copies.

November 18
The British press panned Michael Jackson's so called "comeback concert" in London, calling his first public performance since his child molestation trial last year "shambolic." Jackson appeared to struggle to reach the high notes when he sang the chorus of "We Are The World" with a choir of children.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The RIAA sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to college administrators in connection with illegal music files shared over the university computer networks. The 417 letters went to 16 universities.

November 16
The Police reunion tour was the big winner at the fourth annual Billboard Touring Awards, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.

November 17
The Eagles' "Long Road Out Of Eden" topped the Billboard Hot 200. Nearly six years in production, the album is the band's first studio release since 1979's "The Long Run" and would make the Top Ten in 26 countries around the world. Being a double album with length exceeding 90 minutes, it was certified 7x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 3.5 million discs.

November 19
Kevin DuBrow, the charismatic lead singer for Quiet Riot, died at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 52.

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."

2009 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Ringo Starr announced that he teamed up with his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney for a duet on "Y Not", the drummer's forthcoming solo album due out Jan. 12, 2010.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame announced that Johnny Cash would be inducted next January in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

November 18
The Ray Charles Foundation launched a lawsuit against the late singer's son for publishing pictures and lyrics in the book You Don't Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles. The Ray Charles Foundation was set up by the singer in 1986 to provide financial support of hearing disorders.

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.

November 22
After just one week of availability on iTunes, The Beatles' music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs. The Fab Four's debut on the popular download site was accompanied by an extensive marketing campaign.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

November 17
Sheriff's deputies in South Los Angeles charged 61-year-old Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters for possessing rock cocaine after the car she was riding in was pulled over for a mechanical malfunction.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The soundtrack to the James Bond film Skyfall reached #100 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the highest charting album in the film franchise since A View to a Kill went to #38 in July, 1985.

November 19
Barry Manilow placed his 50th song on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart when "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" debuted at #22. He became just the fifth artist to accomplish that feat in the AC chart's 51-year history. Elton John leads with 68, followed by Barbra Streisand (64), Neil Diamond (58) and Elvis Presley (53).

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 20
Madonna topped Forbes list of the highest-paid musicians in the world with an estimated $125 million in earnings over the past year. Lady Gaga was second with $80 million, followed by Bon Jovi at $79 million, Toby Keith made $65 million, and Coldplay amassed $64 million.

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.

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Rock and Roll Birthdays

November 16th

1940 - John Ryanes
- bass vocals for The Monotones ("Who Wrote The Book Of Love? ")
1943 - Winifred Lovett
of The Manhattans ("Shining Star")
1948 - Chi Coltrane
("Thunder and Lightning")

November 17th

1933 - Jeannie Deckers
- The Singing Nun ("Dominique")
1938 - Gordon Lightfoot
1942 - Bob Gaudio
- keyboards for The Four Seasons ("Big Girls Don't Cry")
1944 - Gene Clark
- vocalist for The Byrds ("Turn, Turn, Turn")
1946 - Martin Barre
- guitarist for Jethro Tull ("Bungle In The Jungle")
1946 - Bob McBride
- lead vocalist for Lighthouse ("One Fine Morning")
1952 - Dino Martin
- bassist for Dino, Desi & Billy ("I'm A Fool")

November 18th - ClassicBands.com

1936 - Hank Ballard
of The Midnighters ("Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go")
1953 - John McFee
- guitarist for The Doobie Brothers ("One Step Closer")
1954 - Charles Williams
- trombone player for KC and the Sunshine Band ("Get Down Tonight")
1954 - John Parr
("St. Elmo's Fire")

November 19th - ClassicBands.com

1938 - Hank Medress
- vocalist for The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight")
1937 - Ray Collins
- vocalist for The Mothers Of Invention ("Valley Girl")
1939 - Pete Moore
- bass vocalist for The Miracles ("Ain't That Peculiar")
1944 - Fred Lipsius
- saxophonist for Blood, Sweat and Tears ("Spinning Wheel")

November 20th - ClassicBands.com

1940 - Tony Butalo
- vocalist for The Lettermen ("The Way You Look Tonight")
1942 - Norman Greenbaum
("Spirit In The Sky")
1946 - Duane Allman
- guitarist for The Allman Brothers ("Ramblin’ Man")
1947 - Joe Walsh
- guitarist for The Eagles ("Hotel California")
1947 - George Grantham
- drummer for Poco ("Crazy Love")

November 21st - ClassicBands.com

1940 - Dr. John
("Right Place, Wrong Time")
1948 - Lonnie Jordan
- keyboard player for War ("Spill The Wine")
1950 - Livingston Taylor
("I Will Be In Love With You")

November 22nd - ClassicBands.com

1941 - Terry Stafford
1941 - Steve Wahrer
- drummer and vocalist for The Trashmen ("Surfin' Bird")
1942 - Steve Caldwell
- vocalist with The Orlons ("Don't Hang Up")
1943 - Floyd Sneed
- drummer for Three Dog Night ("Old Fashion Love Song")
1947 - Rod Price
- lead guitarist for Foghat ("Slow Ride")
1948 - Dennis Larden
- lead vocalist for Every Mother's Son ("Come On Down To My Boat")
1950 - Steve Van Zandt
- guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band ("Born In The USA")

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You can find out in our Who Sang That Hit? Section
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This Week's Best Selling Singles

  In The USA  
November 16th to November 22nd

1956 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
1957 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
1958 Tom Dooley The Kingston Trio
1959 Don't You Know Della Reese
1960 Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
1961 Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
1962 Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons
1963 Deep Purple Nino Tempo and April Stevens
1964 Baby Love The Supremes
1965 I Hear A Symphony The Supremes
1966 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
1967 Incense And Peppermints The Strawberry Alarm Clock
1968 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
1969 Come Together The Beatles
1970 I Think I Love You The Partridge Family
1971 Theme From Shaft Isaac Hayes
1972 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
1973 Heartbeat - It's A Lovebeat The DeFranco Family
1974 Whatever Gets You Through The Night John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band
1975 Fly Robin, Fly The Silver Convention
1976 Tonight's The Night Rod Stewart
1977 You Light Up My Life Debbie Boone
1978 MacArthur Park Donna Summer
1979 Still The Commodores
1980 Lady Kenny Rogers
1981 Physical Olivia Newton-John
1982 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
1983 All Night Long Lionel Richie
1984 Purple Rain Prince And The Revolution
1985 We Built This City Starship

  In The United Kingdom  

November 16th to November 22nd

1956 Just Walkin' In The Rain Johnny Ray
1957 That'll Be The Day The Crickets
1958 It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards
1959 Travelin' Light Cliff Richard And The Shadows
1960 It's Now Or Never Elvis Presley
1961 Little Sister / His Latest Flame Elvis Presley
1962 Lovesick Blues Frank Ifield
1963 You'll Never Walk Alone Gerry And The Pacemakers
1964 Baby Love The Supremes
1965 Get Off Of My Cloud The Rolling Stones
1966 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
1967 Baby Now That I've Found You The Foundations
1968 The Good The Bad And The Ugly Hugo Montenegro
1969 Sugar Sugar The Archies
1970 Voodoo Chile The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1971 Coz I Luv You Slade
1972 Clair Gilbert O'Sullivan
1973 I Love You Love Me Love Gary Glitter
1974 Gonna Make You A Star David Essex
1975 D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Billy Connolly
1976 If You Leave Me Now Chicago
1977 The Name Of The Game ABBA
1978 Rat Trap The Boomtown Rats
1979 When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman Dr. Hook
1980 The Tide Is High Blondie
1981 Under Pressure Queen and David Bowie
1982 I Don't Wanna Dance Eddy Grant
1983 Uptown Girl Billy Joel
1984 I Feel For You Chaka Khan
1985 A Good Heart Feargal Sharkey