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November 23rd to November 29th

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



1899 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
The world's first jukebox, then known as a "nickel in the slot machine," was installed at San Francisco's' Palais Royal Hotel. It had been created by simply adding a coin slot to an Edison phonograph. The machine had no amplification and patrons had to listen to the music using one of four listening tubes. In its first six months of service, the machine earned over $1000.

1954 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Agent Bob Neal assumes the manager's role for
Elvis Presley, booking him as Elvis Presley, the Hillbilly Cat.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

November 26
Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" reaches #1 in the UK and is considered to be the first Rock and Roll record to accomplish that feat.

November 26
"Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford tops the Billboard chart, becoming the fastest selling single in recording industry history up to that time.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
A 19 year-old, sheet metal worker named Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a hotel bar in Toledo, Ohio. Balint was upset that his wife carried a picture of Elvis in her wallet. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed for seven days because he was unable to pay the fine.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
Harry Belafonte was at #1 on the UK chart with "Mary's Boy Child", the first single to sell over 1 million copies in Great Britain. It stayed at the top for seven weeks.

November 25
Billboard magazine reports that Rock and Roll acts are turning away from the "increasingly disappointing grosses" of big package shows in favor of teen record hops, where performers appear for smaller guarantees but bigger percentages of the gate.

November 25
Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps appear on The Ed Sullivan Show for their first national TV appearance. They perform "Lotta Lovin'" and "Dance to the Bop".

1958 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
The Kingston Trio became the very first group to ever have an album reach the top of the US chart. Before them, only solo artists had hit number one. They would go on to record a total of fourteen Top Ten albums and an additional five would enter the Top 25.

November 27
Elvis Presley is promoted to Private First Class in the US Army. His rank would rise to Specialist Fourth Class on June 1, 1959 and to Sergeant on January 20, 1960.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 29
At the 1959 Grammy Awards, held just six months after a similar award show, Bobby Darin wins Record of the Year for "Mack the Knife" as well as the Best New Artist of the Year. Song of the Year is awarded to Jimmy Driftwood, writer of Johnny Horton's hit, "The Battle Of New Orleans".

1960 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Elvis's film, G.I. Blues opens in the US, where box office sales are strong. Juliet Prowse co-starred in the King's first film since he got out of the Army on March 5th.

November 28
"Are You Lonesome Tonight", a ballad that was written in 1926 and first recorded by Al Jolson, became Elvis Presley's 14th number one hit in the US. Billboard magazine reported that five answer records to "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" had been released. Four of them were different versions of the same song entitled "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight." The fifth was the standard "Oh How I Miss You Tonight".

November 29
Paul McCartney and Pete Best are deported from West Germany after being arrested on suspicion of arson. The hotel room they were staying in mysteriously caught fire.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
The Everly Brothers began a six month stint in the US Marine Corps Reserves as part of the 8th Battalion. During their enlistment, Warner Brothers Records released "Crying in the Rain", which had been recorded before the duo entered Camp Pendleton. The song would reach number six in America early the next year.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
Dion hit the US Top Ten with, "Love Came to Me", a feat he wouldn't accomplish again until 1968 when he returned with "Abraham, Martin and John".

November 26
The Beatles re-record "Please Please Me" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios. Under the direction of producer George Martin, who told the band that their original ballad version was "too bloody boring for words," the song is re-arranged to an up-tempo rocker which would rise to #2 in the UK and #3 in the US.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
While on tour in support of their current Billboard #1 hit, "I'm Leaving It Up To You", Dale And Grace are in Dallas, Texas, watching President Kennedy's motorcade go by, just moments before the historic tragedy.

November 27
Elvis' movie Fun in Acapulco, co-starring Ursula Andress, debuts across North America. While some exterior shots were filmed on location, Elvis' scenes were all done in Hollywood. The King never set foot in Acapulco, Mexico in his life.

November 29
The Beatles' fifth British single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is released. Advance orders exceed 700,000 and within three days the record will have sold one million copies, making it their second million seller. It was released in the US on December 26th and spent seven weeks at #1.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
The Rolling Stones arrive late for the BBC radio shows, Top Gear and Saturday Club and are banned for a time by the BBC.

November 24
Paul McCartney's father, Jim, marries widow Angela Williams, giving Paul a five-year-old step-sister, Ruth.

November 28
The Shangri-Las' teen-trouble classic, "Leader Of The Pack" topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It made #11 in the UK. Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr said about the song: "Oh no, they're saying the leader of the pack's dead and all that. This record's a load of rubbish. Turn it off."

November 28
Three years after he wrote "Crazy" for Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville when he opened for Roger Miller.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
The Young Rascals begin recording "Good Lovin'", which will rise to #1 in the US early next year.

November 25
Harrods department store in London, England closed their doors to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping.

November 27
The Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" and The Vogues' "5 O'clock World" enter the US record charts.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
The Beatles begin recording sessions for the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" LP by laying down tracks for "Strawberry Fields Forever". The song however, doesn't make the 1967 album, but would appear the following year on "Magical Mystery Tour".

November 24
Several thousand teenagers battle with Kansas City police after a James Brown concert is halted because of what officials call "obscene dances being performed on the stage."

November 26
"I'm Losing You" by The Temptations enters the US R&B chart where it will become the group's fourth straight number one. The record peaked at #8 on the Pop chart. The tune will return in versions by Rare Earth in 1970 (#7) and Rod Stewart in 1971 (#24).

1967 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Rolling Stone magazine quotes San Francisco disc jockey Tom Donahue: "Top Forty radio, as we know it today and have known it for the last ten years, is dead, and its rotting corpse is stinking up the airwaves."

November 25
"Incense and Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock hits the top of the Billboard Pop chart. The recording was initially intended as a 'b-side' and the lead vocal is actually that of a friend of the band, 16 year old Greg Munford, who was just hanging around during the session. Munford was not even a regular band member, but ended up singing a tune that would become a Rock and Roll standard and sell over a million copies. Despite this success, Munford never actually joined the original group and drummer Randy Seol sang the song in concert. Although it was a huge success in America, the single didn't chart at all in the UK.

November 26
The promotional film for the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" was aired on The Ed Sullivan Show, but was not shown at the time in the UK due to a musicians union ban on miming.

November 27
Capitol Records releases The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" LP in the US. It would rise to number one on the Billboard chart, where it would stay for eight weeks and be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album in 1968. (It lost to Glen Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix")

November 27
The Association were presented with a Gold record for their hit, "Never My Love", which had risen to #2 in the US.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Judy Collins' version of the Joni Mitchell written "Both Sides Now" enters the Billboard Top 40, on its way to #8. It will go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance of the year.

November 25
Over 10,000 fans saw Cream play their final two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. During the shows, the crowd chanted "God save the Cream." Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker would continue to work together in Blind Faith with Steve Winwood and Rick Grech.

November 27
Steppenwolf's first album, which includes their biggest hits, "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride", is certified Gold.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
John Lennon returned the MBE award (Member of the British Empire) that he and the other Beatles had been given in 1965. He sent the medal back with a note that read, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag".

November 29
The Beatles score their 18th Billboard chart topper with the double-sided hit, "Come Together / Something".

November 29
Elvis Presley's LP "From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis" reaches the Billboard album chart, where it will stay for the next 24 weeks, climbing as high as #12.

November 29
Blood, Sweat And Tears see a third single, "And When I Die", peak at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and "Spinning Wheel" also topped out at the second spot earlier in the year.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

November 27
George Harrison releases his first post-Beatles album, "All Things Must Pass", produced by Phil Spector and featuring Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr and Jim Gordon. The triple disc set would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
The three surviving members of The Doors tell Rolling Stone magazine that they are determined to carry even after the death of singer Jim Morrison. Despite their efforts, they will officially disband in 1973. In September, 2002, nearly thirty years to the day after their final concert, a reunited version of The Doors returned to the stage with a new singer, Ian Astbury of the Cult.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
ABC-TV debuts its late-night Rock show, In Concert, put together by The Monkees' producer, Don Kirshner. The first show stars Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Blood, Sweat And Tears, Poco and the Allman Brothers Band.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
After cracking Billboard's Top Ten with "It Don't Come Easy" (#4) and "Back Off Boogaloo" (#9), Ringo Starr reaches number one with "Photograph", a song he co-wrote with George Harrison.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
The band Spooky Tooth split up after releasing seven albums since 1968. At various times, the group included Gary Wright (who would have solo success with "Dreamweaver" and "Love Is Alive"), Mick Jones (later with Foreigner), Chris Stainton (who went on to work with Joe Cocker), and Henry McCullough. (recruited by Paul McCartney And Wings) The British band never charted in their home country, but gained modest success in the US.

November 23
Billy Swan, a former member of Kris Kristofferson's band and writer of Clyde McPhatter's "Lover Please", has a US number one single of his own, "I Can Help". It reached #6 in the UK.

November 25
26 year old Nick Drake, an English singer, songwriter and musician best known for his acoustic tunes, died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a type of anti-depressant. Although he failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, Drake's work has grown steadily in stature, to the extent that he is now widely considered one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years.

November 26
Elton John's "Greatest Hits" became his fifth consecutive number 1 album in the US. The record spent 10 weeks at the top and followed "Honky Chateau", "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Caribou".

November 28
Elton John was joined on stage by John Lennon at Elton's Madison Square Garden concert. They performed three numbers together, "Whatever Gets You Through the Night", "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There". Lennon had promised the flamboyant rocker that he would make a stage appearance with him if his "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" became a #1 hit, which it did two weeks earlier. Later that same night, Lennon and his estranged wife Yoko Ono reconciled backstage after being separated for a year.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Jerry Lee Lewis had a bad week when he was arrested twice in two days. The first was a drunk driving charge after he drove his Rolls Royce into a ditch and the second happened after he drove to Graceland, demanding to see Elvis Presley while waving a pistol at the Memphis mansion.

November 23
Queen's, "Bohemian Rhapsody" hit number one in the UK, where it stayed until the end of January 1977, longer than any other song since Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" in 1955. The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first UK Pop video and cost 5,000 Pounds to produce.

November 25
The Band's final concert, called The Last Waltz, was performed at San Francisco's Winterland. It included appearances by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Hawkins and Neil Diamond.

November 27
Brian Wilson appears on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, where he performs "Back Home", "Love Is A Woman" and "Good Vibrations".

November 27
"20 Golden Greats" by Glen Campbell started a six week run at the top of the UK album chart. It would be Glen's biggest selling album in Great Britain, staying on the chart for 27 weeks.

November 29
Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shoots his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis is charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits. Owens recovered from the incident.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

November 26
A 20 track collection called "The Sound Of Bread", that featured the Soft-Rock style of David Gates and company, replaces The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks - Here's The Sex Pistols" at the top of the UK album chart. The Sex Pistols will regain the position in January.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
A pair of Pop music divas, Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand combined their voices to produce the top tune in the US, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". It's Summer's third number one single and Streisand's fourth. The record made #3 in the UK.

November 28
All of Ringo Starr's mementoes from his days with The Beatles are destroyed when his home in Hollywood Hills burns to the ground.

November 29
Anita Pallenburg, the common-law wife of Rolling Stone Keith Richards, is cleared of murder charges in the shooting death of her young male companion, whose body had been found in her New York state home.

November 29
The four original members of KISS perform for what they say will be the last time. However, they would reunite in 1996 for a tour in full makeup.

November 29
Michael Jackson receives a Gold record for "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough," the first of four Top Ten hits from his album, "Off the Wall".

1981 - ClassicBands.com

November 27
The British Phonographic Industry, with the endorsement of Rock stars like Elton John, Gary Numan, Cliff Richard, 10cc and the Boomtown Rats, places advertisements in the British press claiming that "Home taping is wiping out music."

November 27
A concert by The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead, scheduled at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida, is canceled because only 10,000 of 60,000 tickets have been sold. When the two groups played together in New York eight years ago, they drew over 600,000.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

November 27
Lionel Richie reaches the top of the Billboard singles chart with "Truly", his first solo effort since leaving The Commodores.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
"Do They Know It's Christmas?", a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, was recorded in London, England by an all-star cast of British artists that included Paul Young, Sting, Phil Collins, members of U2 and many others. The tune quickly became a best seller and raised a ton of money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
Rock pioneer Big Joe Turner died of kidney failure at the age of 74. Turner was one of the first artists to ever play Rock and Roll when he recorded "Shake, Rattle and Roll" in 1954, although Bill Haley And His Comets had a bigger hit with their cover version. Turner also recorded "Sweet Sixteen" before B.B. King, and wrote "Honey Hush", later copied by Jerry Lee Lewis and Paul McCartney. Turner earned his nickname from his 6'2", 300 lbs stature.

November 27
42 year old Allan Ramsay, the original bassist for Gary Lewis And The Playboys, was killed when the Beechcraft C90 twin turbo prop he was piloting crashed in Rhode Island.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
For the first time in Billboard chart history, the top three spots are occupied by female artists. #1 is Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors", #2 is Tina Turner with "Typical Male" and #3 is Janet Jackson's "When I Think Of You".

November 29
"Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live / 1975-85" started a seven week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

November 28
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes combined their talents to take "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his third chart topper and her second. The song would go on to win the 1987 Grammy award for Best Vocal Performance by a Duo and an Oscar for Best Film Song.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
Songwriter Diane Warren was the author of the number 1 and number 2 songs in the US. "When I See You Smile" was a hit for Bad English, and "Blame It On the Rain" was credited to Milli Vanilli. Warren would go on to write "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" for Aerosmith and the Armageddon soundtrack in 1998.

November 27
Stevie Wonder joins Paul McCartney on stage at Paul's Los Angeles concert to sing "Ebony and Ivory".

1990 - ClassicBands.com

November 26
The inaugural Billboard Music Awards are held in Santa Monica, California, with Janet Jackson walking away with most of the hardware. She wins awards in eight categories, including Top Pop Album, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Artist.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Michael Bolton has Billboard's number one song with a cover of Percy Sledge's 1966 chart topper, "When A Man Loves A Woman". It reached #8 in the UK and later won the 1991 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.

November 24
45 year old Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, died of bronchopneumonia induced by HIV, at his home in London, England, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.

November 24
KISS drummer Eric Carr died of a cerebral hemorrhage while hospitalized for cancer. He was 41.

November 24
Cyndi Lauper marries actor David Thornton, with Little Richard providing the wedding music.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

November 27
Neil Diamond's Christmas Special debuts on HBO. The one-hour show featured Diamond performing many of the favorites heard on "The Christmas Album" while joined by such diverse vocal ensembles as a doo-wop group, a children's choir and a mixed chorale. The LP became a Top 10, Platinum best-seller.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

November 28
Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton was killed in a car crash, not far from his Santa Barbara, California home. He was 47.

November 28
Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 where it will stay unchallenged until next March.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Songwriter Tommy Boyce committed suicide by shooting himself at his Nashville home. Besides writing "Last Train To Clarksville", "Valleri" and "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" for The Monkees, Boyce and his partner Bobby Hart scored a number eight hit of their own with "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" in 1967.

November 24
The inaugural MTV European Music Awards are hosted by Tom Jones in Berlin, Germany. Canada's Bryan Adams is named Best Male Artist, Mariah Cary is Best Female Artist and Aerosmith are named Best Rock Band.

November 26
When "Hell Freezes Over" was the answer that former Eagles members would give when asked when a reunion would take place. When they finally gave in to financial pressures, the band titled their album just that, and it hit the top of the Billboard album chart on this day. The effort, which was a combination of live versions of earlier hits and studio cuts of newly recorded material, would go on to sell over six million copies.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
Junior Walker, who lead The All Stars on several Top 40 hits including "Shotgun", "What Does It Take" and "These Eyes", died of cancer at the age of 64.

November 29
Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar married model Kari Karte in San Francisco.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
After not playing together for over 30 years, The Zombies briefly reunited to promote their new box set called "Zombie Heaven". Rod Argent (keyboards), Paul Atkinson (guitar), Colin Blunstone (vocals), Hugh Grundy (drums) and Chris White (bass) performed their two biggest hits, "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" at London's Jazz Cafe.

November 29
Whitney Houston backs out of a slated one million dollar performance at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC after finding out the event was a mass wedding for over 1,000 Moonie couples.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Despite objections from The Recording Industry Association of America, who is worried about the growing problem of internet file swapping, the first portable MP3 player goes on sale in the US. Ten years later, over 150 million had been sold.

November 29
Butch McDade, drummer for The Amazing Rhythm Aces on their 1975 hit "Third Rate Romance", died of cancer at the age of 52.

2000

November 25
A burglar broke into Alice Cooper's Paradise Valley home and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras as well as four of the shock-rocker's Gold records.

November 25
The Beatles' album simply titled "1", a collection of their UK and US chart toppers, reaches number one in Great Britain. It will top the US chart a week later and will become the best selling album in a total of 28 countries worldwide.

November 26
Frank Smith of The Monotones, who reached number 5 in 1958 with "Book Of Love", died of cancer. He was 61.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Singer O.C. Smith died at the age of 69. His biggest hits were two 1968 tunes, "The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp" and the Grammy Award winning "Little Green Apples". Smith's final entry into the US Top 40 was 1969's "Daddy's Little Man", although the Soul-flavored "La La Peace Song" proved popular in 1974 and "Together" was a chart entry in 1977.

November 27
Elvis Presley was inducted into The Gospel Association Hall Of Fame, an organization dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals in all forms of Gospel music. Other notable inductees are Pat Boone, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Al Green.

November 29
Beatles' guitarist George Harrison passed away at the age of 58, while resting at a friend's home in Los Angeles. His last words were reported to have been, "Love one another." The news came as a shock to the world, despite Harrison's much-chronicled cancer treatments. Speaking outside his home in St John's Wood, north west London, Paul McCartney said: 'I am devastated and very, very sad'. Ringo Starr, speaking from Vancouver, Canada said: 'We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter.'

2002 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Otis Redding's widow and his former manager launched a lawsuit against the author of a biography written in 2001 about the R&B legend, claiming the book is filled with lies. The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta's Fulton County, sought $15 million in damages and claims that the book details rumors about the singer's drug use, extramarital affairs and divorce, causing "harm to the plaintiffs." It also cites rumors that Otis' manager plotted with the Mafia to kill Otis by causing the plane to crash in order to claim $1 million in life insurance.

November 26
Citing "irreconcilable differences", actor Nicolas Cage files for divorce from Lisa Marie Presley. The petition was granted on May 27, 2004, nearly a year and a half later, ending a marriage that lasted less than four months.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
Glen Campbell was released from a Phoenix jail, one day after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, aggravated assault on a police officer and hit and run. The singer blamed his condition on the accidental mixing of alcohol and a prescription anti-anxiety drug. Authorities said however, Glen's blood alcohol level was .20, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
The Anti-Defamation League demanded that Michael Jackson apologize for allegedly making a series of anti-Semitic comments on a voicemail message, which were aired on ABC's Good Morning America. Jackson's camp denied the allegations.

November 27
Joe Jones, a musician and producer who sang the 1961 Billboard #3 hit "You Talk Too Much" and went on to become an independent music publisher and advocate for Black artists' rights, passed away at the age of 79.

November 28
Tony Meehan, drummer for The Shadows on their UK number one hit, "Apache", died in hospital from head injuries sustained in a fall. He was 62. "Apache" spent twenty-one weeks at the top of the British music charts in 1960.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

November 27
Alan 'Fluff' Freeman, one of the UK's most popular radio broadcasters, died after a short illness, at the age of 79.

November 28
Jimmy Buffett settled his trademark infringement suit against Robert Akard, an online merchandise retailer who was accused of selling T-shirts, CDs and other Buffett-related items over the Internet without the singer's permission.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

November 27
Kevin DuBrow, the gravelly voiced singer for the Heavy Metal group Quiet Riot was found dead in Las Vegas. He was 52.

November 29
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old Pyle pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

November 26
For the eighth straight year, revenue for North American terrestrial radio declined, with figures showing a seven percent drop from last year. The entire industry had its worst year financially since 1954.

November 27
Cliff Richard and The Shadows announced that they would reunite for an arena tour in 2009 to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot said it's "not likely" he will ever release another album of new material. Lightfoot says his last record, 2004's "Harmony", fulfilled his recording contract and he does not foresee another album.

November 24
The Rolling Stones began cashing in on British singing sensation Susan Boyle's rendition of their hit "Wild Horses" by re-issuing their original version which was first released 40 years ago this month.

November 26
Paul McCartney told a BBC interviewer that his concerts are a way of helping him "revisit" other Beatles members and his late wife Linda. "If I'm doing songs by The Beatles, I obviously remember the sessions when we recorded," Sir Paul said. He added: "Similarly with John and Linda - in a way you're kind of in contact them again and it's sad, it's emotional."

2010 - ClassicBands.com

November 25
Billy Joel was on the mend after the 61-year-old piano man had both hips replaced last week to correct a congenital condition.

November 28
Michael Jackson's father re-filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray, charged in his son's death and added as a defendant a Las Vegas pharmacy that records show sold the physician a powerful anesthetic blamed for his death.

November 29
Sotheby's of New York announced that Bob Dylan's hand-written lyrics to the 1960s anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin" would hit the auction block. When they did in early December, the scribbled notes were bought by hedge fund manager Adam Sender, who placed the winning bid at $422,500 (267,400 Pounds).

2011 - ClassicBands.com

November 23
Rolling Stone magazine rated Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitar player in history in a list which included Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend among the top ten.

November 24
A New York memorabilia store announced that it would auction a "to do" list written by John Lennon which included waiting for the HBO cable guy, fixing the hook on the bathroom door, making sure there was enough marmalade in the house, and purchasing Margaret Trudeau's book Beyond Reason. The hand-written, one page list was expected to fetch over $3,000.

November 28
George Harrison's sister, Louise, announced that she had agreed to write a book about her life growing up with her famous brother. Her memoir, My Kid Brother's Band... A.K.A The Beatles, was finally released in September, 2014 and would contain her recollections, letters and never-before-seen photographs from her family album.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

November 24
Earl "Speedo" Carroll, the lead singer for The Cadillacs on their 1955 hit "Speedo", died from complications of diabetes at the age of 75. Carroll later sang with The Coasters for about two decades before reuniting with a new incarnation of the Cadillacs.

November 26
Rod Stewart scored his first number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart since "Have I Told You Lately" in 1993 when his rendition of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" rose to the top.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

November 28
Britain's Daily Mail reported that George Harrison's sister was living in a pre-fabricated home and "struggling for money" since her allowance from The Beatles star's estate was cut off about a year after he passed away. 82-year-old Louise Harrison admitted that she had no access to her brother's multi-million dollar fortune and is cash-poor living in rural Missouri. She never challenged her brother's estate, adding "I don't care about the money, it's been over ten years and I haven't made any ripples."

November 29
Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum opened an exhibit of Elvis Presley memorabilia that included his stylish ID bracelet, custom-made motorcycle, eye-catching rings and military mementos.











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Rock and Roll Birthdays


November 23rd - ClassicBands.com

1939 - Betty Everett
("The Shoop Shoop Song")
1954 - Bruce Horsby
("Mandolin Rain")

November 24th - ClassicBands.com

1939 - Jim Yester
- guitarist for The Association ("Cherish")
1941 - Donald "Duck" Dunn
- bassist for Booker T and The MGs ("Green Onions")
1941 - Pete Best
- the Beatles' drummer before Ringo
1944 - Bev Bevan
- drummer for The Electric Light Orchestra ("Can't Get You Out Of My Head")
1945 - Lee Michaels
("Do You Know What I Mean")
1955 - Clement Burke
- drummer for Blondie ("The Tide Is High")
1957 - Chris Hayes
- guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News ("The Power Of Love")

November 25th - ClassicBands.com

1940 - Percy Sledge
("When A Man Loves A Woman")
1944 - Bob Lind
("Elusive Butterfly")

November 26th - ClassicBands.com

1937 - Phil Humphrey
- guitarist for The Fendermen ("Mule Skinner Blues")
1937 - Jim Sundquist
- guitarist for The Fendermen ("Mule Skinner Blues")
1939 - Tina Turner
("What's Love Got To Do With It?")
1944 - Jean Terrell
- vocalist for The Supremes ("Stoned Love")
1945 - John McVie
- bassist for Fleetwood Mac ("Go Your Own Way")

November 27th - ClassicBands.com

1935 - Al Jackson
- drummer for Booker T. and The MGs ("Green Onions")
1942 - Jimi Hendrix
("Purple Haze")
1944 - Eddie Rabbitt
("I Love A Rainy Night")
1944 - Trevor Davies
(Dozy) - bassist for Dave Dee, Dozey, Beaky, Mick and Tich ("Legend Of Xanadu")
1945 - Randy Brecker
- trumpeter for Blood Sweat & Tears ("And When I Die")
1948 - Dave Winthrop
- vocals, flute, saxophone for Supertramp ("The Logical Song")

November 28th - ClassicBands.com

1929 - Berry Gordy Jr.
- Motown Records founder
1932 - Ray Perkins
- vocalist for The Crew Cuts ("Sh-Boom")
1939 - Gary Troxel
- vocalist for The Fleetwoods ("Mr. Blue")
1940 - Bruce Channel
("Hey, Baby")
1940 - Clem Curtus
- vocalist for The Foundations ("Baby Now That I've Found You")
1943 - Randy Newman
("Short People")
1943 - R.B. Greaves
("Take A Letter Maria")
1948 - Beeb Birtles
- guitar / vocals for The Little River Band ("Reminiscing")
1949 - Paul Shaffer
- David Letterman's band leader

November 29th - ClassicBands.com

1933 - John Mayall
- rock / blues guitarist
1939 - Meco (Domenico Monardo)
("The Theme From Star Wars")
1940 - Chuck Mangione
("Feels So Good")
1941 - Denny Doherty
- vocalist for The Mamas and Papas ("California Dreamin'")
1944 - Felix Cavaliere
- vocalist and keyboards for The Young Rascals ("Good Lovin'")
1951 - Barry Goudreau
- guitarist for Boston ("More Than A Feeling")






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This Week's Best Selling Singles

  In The USA  
November 23rd to November 29th

YearSongArtist
1956 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
1957 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
1958 Tom Dooley The Kingston Trio
1959 Mr. Blue The Fleetwoods
1960 Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley
1961 Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
1962 Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons
1963 I'm Leaving It Up To You Dale And Grace
1964 Leader Of The Pack The Shangri-Las
1965 1-2-3 Len Barry
1966 Winchester Cathedral The New Vaudeville Band
1967 The Rain, The Park And Other Things The Cowsills
1968 Love Child The Supremes
1969 Come Together The Beatles
1970 I Think I Love You The Partridge Family
1971 Family Affair Sly And The Family Stone
1972 I'll Be Around The Spinners
1973 Photograph Ringo Starr
1974 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Bachman - Turner Overdrive
1975 That's The Way I Like It KC And The Sunshine Band
1976 Tonight's The Night Rod Stewart
1977 You Light Up My Life Debbie Boone
1978 You Don't Bring Me Flowers Barbra and Neil
1979 Babe Styx
1980 Lady Kenny Rogers
1981 Physical Olivia Newton-John
1982 Gloria Laura Branigan
1983 All Night Long Lionel Richie
1984 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham!
1985 We Built This City Starship


  In The United Kingdom  

November 23rd to November 29th

1956 Just Walkin' In The Rain Johnny Ray
1957 Mary's Boy Child Harry Belefonte
1958 Hoots Mon Lord Rockingham's XI
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 The Carnival Is Over The Seekers
1966 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
1967 Let The Heartaches Begin Long John Baldry
1968 The Good The Bad And The Ugly Hugo Montenegro
1969 Sugar Sugar The Archies
1970 I Hear You Knockin' Dave Edmunds
1971 Coz I Luv You Slade
1972 My Ding-A-Ling Chuck Berry
1973 I Love You Love Me Love Gary Glitter
1974 Gonna Make You A Star David Essex
1975 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
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 Super Trouper ABBA
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




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