November 26th: On this day
1958, Johnny Cash made his debut on the US country chart when ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to number 14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting number 1.
1962, The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London. When released in the US on the Vee-Jay label, the first pressings featured a typographical error: The band’s name was spelled “The Beattles”.
1967, The promotional film of The Beatles ‘Hello, Goodbye’ was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician’s union ban on miming.
1967, This was the 10th date on a 16-date UK package tour that Pink Floyd played alongside The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner. Tonight’s date was at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and as with all of the dates, there were two shows per night.
1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream’s Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker’s drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing.
1973, John Rostill former bassist with The Shadows died after being electrocuted at his home recording studio. A local newspaper ran the headline, ‘Pop musician dies, guitar apparent cause’. After the break up of The Shadows Rostill worked with Tom Jones and wrote songs covered by Elvis Presley and Olivia Newton-John.
1973, The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba’s Rainbow Room, London. The American band who formed in New York in 1971 influenced the look of many new wave and 1980s-era glam metal groups.
1976, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc to work as a duo and concentrate on other projects including developing ‘The Gizmo’, a device used to make neo- orchestral sounds on a guitar.
1976, The Sex Pistols released the single ‘Anarchy In The UK’. Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI, and reached No.38 on the UK Singles Chart before EMI dropped the group on 6 January 1977.
1988, Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took into space a cassette copy (minus the cassette box for weight reasons) of the latest Pink Floyd album Delicate Sound Of Thunder and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft.
1990, The inaugural Billboard Music Awards were held in Santa Monica, California. Janet Jackson was the main winner of the night, winning in eight categories, including Top Pop Album, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Artist.
1991, US Country singer Garth Brooks asked fans to bring 10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show. Over 10,000 cans were donated to charity.
1994, Boyz II Men started their 14th and final week at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ giving them the longest run in chart history along with ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston.
1994, The Eagles started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hell Freezes Over.’ The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band’s breakup in 1980; he commented that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over.”
2000, Manchester club the Hacienda was auctioned off raising £18,000 for charity. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live from the venue. Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, New Order, Stone Roses, The Smiths and James all played at the club.
2000, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Beatles 1.’ The album features virtually every number-one single released from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band’s break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD. The world’s best-selling album of the 21st century, 1 has sold over 31 million copies.
2003, Rapper Soulja Slim was shot to death in front of his home in New Orleans aged 25. The rapper was featured on Juvenile’s 2004 US No.1 single ‘Slow Motion.’
2008, The parents of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead, after he disappeared nearly 14 years ago. Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believed to be Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, where he was thought to have taken his own life at the age of 27.
2010, Willie Nelson was arrested for possession of six ounces of marijuana found in his tour bus while travelling from Los Angeles to Texas. He was released after paying bail of $2,500. Prosecutor Kit Bramblett supported not sentencing Nelson to jail due to the amount of marijuana being small, but suggested instead a $100 fine and told Nelson that he would have him sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” for the court.
2015, American country and bluegrass artists Chris Stapleton was at No.1 on the US album chart with Traveller. The album was later named Album of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards.
November 26th: Born on this day
1925, Born on this day, Michael Holliday, singer, 1958 UK No.1 ‘The Story Of My Life’. The song gave the writers Bacharach and David their first UK No.1 hit. Holliday died on 29th Oct 1963
1939, Born on this day, Tina Turner, (Annie Mae Bullock), Ike & Tina Turner, (1966 UK No.3 single ‘River Deep Mountain High’, 1971 US No.4 single ‘Proud Mary’), solo, (1984 UK No.3 and US No.1 single ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles).
1944, Born on this day, Jean Terrell, vocals, The Supremes joined in 1969. (1970 US No.10 & UK No.6 single ‘Up The Ladder To The Roof’).
1944, Born on this day, Alan Henderson, Them, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.24 single ‘Here Comes The Night’).
1945, Born on this day, John McVie, Fleetwood Mac, 1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’, and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’, from worldwide No.1 album Rumours.
1946, Born on this day, Burt Reiter, bass, Focus, (1973 UK No.4 single ‘Sylvia’, 1973 US No.9 single ‘Hocus Pocus’).
1948, Born on this day, John Rossall, The Glitter Band, (1974 UK No.4 single ‘Angel Face’).
1949, Born on this day, Martin Lee, Brotherhood Of Man, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’).
1964, Born on this day, Adam Gaynor, guitar, Matchbox 20, (1998 UK No.38 single ‘Push’, 2000 US No.1 single ‘Bent’).
1966, Mark Gillespie, Big Fun, (1989 UK No.4 single ‘Blame It On The Boogie’).
1967, Born on this day, John Stirratt, bass, songwriter, Wilco, (2004 album ‘A Ghost Is Born’).
1970, Born on this day, Ron Jones, guitar, Flaming Lips, (2002 UK No. 32 single ‘Do You Realize’).
1981, Born on this day, Natash Bedingfield, singer, (2004 UK No.1 single ‘These Words’).
1984, Born on this day, Benjamin Wysocki, drummer, The Fray. 2009 US No.1 self titled album.
1990, Born on this day, British singer-songwriter and actress, Rita Ora. Her debut studio album Ora (2012) debuted at No.1 in the UK, and spawned the No.1 singles ‘R.I.P.’ and ‘How We Do (Party)’.