November 14th: On this day
1960, Ray Charles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Georgia On My Mind’, a No.24 hit in the UK. His cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s 1930 standard, became the first of three No.1 hits for the singer.
1962, The Beatles played the final show of a 14 night run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.
1967, Pink Floyd were added to a 16-date UK tour with Jimi Hendrix, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and The Eire Apparent. It kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes; The Move, who preceded him onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd, who appeared between after The Outer Limits, were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes per show.
1969, ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest running One Hit Wonder in the UK with eight week’s at the top of the charts. It was the first No.1 performed by cartoon characters.
1975, Queen played the first of two nights at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, the first nights on their 78-date A Night At The Opera World Tour.
1977, KISS played the first date on their 51-date Alive II Tour at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1981, The Police had their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’, a No.3 hit in the US.
1987, George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album ‘Faith’. The album won several awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. To date, the album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Between 1987 and 1988, Faith produced six Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hits, four of which (‘Faith’, ‘Father Figure’, ‘One More Try’, and ‘Monkey’) reached No.1, making him the only British male singer to have four No.1 singles from one LP on the Billboard Hot 100.
1987, T’Pau started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘China In Your Hand’. The song’s title according to singer Carol Decker is the effect you get if you hold a china cup to a light, you can see your hand through it.
1990, Record producer Frank Farin fired Milli Vanilli singers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan because they were insisting on singing on their new album.
1991, Over 1,000 New Kids On The Block fans were given medical treatment after a minor riot during a concert in Berlin, Germany.
1992, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Keep The Faith’ their fifth studio album and second UK No.1. The album produced six UK Top 20 hit singles, ‘Keep The Faith’, ‘Bed Of Roses’, ‘In These Arms’, ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’, ‘I Believe’ and ‘Dry County’.
1995, Blur brought chaos to traffic in central London, England when over 3,000 fans turned up for a signing at ‘Book’s Etc’ in Charring Cross Road.
1996, Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe in Sydney Australia. The couple had met when he was diagnosed with vitiligo in the mid-1980s, and she was working as his dermatologist’s assistant. The couple divorced on October 8, 1999, with Rowe giving full custody rights of the children to Jackson with Rowe receiving an $8-million settlement.
1999, Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘She’s The One / It’s Only Us’, his second UK No.1. ‘She’s The One’ was written by World Party leader Karl Wallinger. Williams scored six other chart toppers as a member of Take That.
2000, UK Music shops HMV refused to stock the new single by The Offspring after the band decided to give the track away as a free download on their official website.
2000, Former Kajagoogoo singer Limahl narrowly missed death when a coach he was travelling on crashed. Limahl, (Chris Hamil), was on his way to perform at High Wycombe’s Swan Theatre when the vehicle caught fire.
2004, The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their Forty Licks compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.
2004, U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Vertigo’, the bands fifth UK No.1, taken from ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’.
2006, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Roger Taylor of Queen. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London.
2013, Paul McCartney posted a letter on his website calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 Greenpeace activists whom Russian authorities arrested during a protest over Arctic oil drilling in September. All the activists involved had their charges dropped in late December of this year.
2015, A pair of white boots worn by Elvis Presley during his famous ’68 Comeback TV Special performance were bought by a UK collector for £29,500, ($44,500). Elvis had worn the size-11 Verde boots while singing ‘If I Can Dream’, two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, the lyrics included quotes from the civil rights leader.
November 14th: Born on this day
1936, Born on this day, Freddie Garrity, vocals, Freddie & The Dreamers, (1963 UK No.3 single ‘You Were made For Me’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘I’m Telling You Now’). Died on 19th May 2006.
1938, Born on this day, Cornell Gunter, The Coasters, (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’). Gunter was murdered on 26th February 1990.
1944, Born on this day, Sherri Payne, vocals, The Supremes joined in 1973.
1949, Born on this day, James Young, guitar, Styx, (1979 US No.1 & 1980 UK No.6 single ‘Babe’).
1951, Born on this day, Steven Bishop, US singer, songwriter, 1976 album ‘Careless’, sang the theme for the film ‘Tootsie’, 1977 US No.11 single ‘On And On’.
1951, Born on this day, Frankie Banali, drummer, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P. Billy Idol.
1954, Born on this day, Alexander O’Neal, US singer, (1987 UK No.4 single ‘Criticize’)
1956, Born on this day, Alec John Such, bass, Bon Jovi, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, 1986 US No.1 album ‘Slippery When Wet’ has sold over 8 million copies world wide).
1964, Born on this day, Andrew Banfield, Pasadenas, (1992 UK No.4 single ‘I’m Doing Fine Now’).
1965, Born on this day, Stuart Stapels, vocals, guitar, Tindersticks, (1993 album ‘Tindersticks’).
1966, Born on this day, Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons, Run-DMC, (1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way’, 1998 UK No.1 single ‘It’s Like That’).
1968, Born on this day, Brian Yale, Matchbox 20, (1998 UK No.38 single ‘Push’, 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent’).
1970, Born on this day, Adina Howard, US singer, (1996 UK No.2 single with Warren G, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’).
1972, Born on this day, Douglas Payne, bass, Travis, (1999 UK No.1 album ‘The Man Who’, 1999 UK No.10 single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles).
1975, Born on this day, Faye Tozer, Steps, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘Heartbeat / Tragedy’).
1975, Born on this day, Travis Barker, drummer, Blink 182, (2000 UK No.2 single ‘All The Small Things’ 2001 US No.1 album ‘Take Off Your…’).
1982, Born on this day, Joy Williams American singer-songwriter who performed with John Paul White as The Civil Wars from 2009 until 2012 and scored the 2014 US No.1 album The Civil Wars.