This day in rock history: Nov 23rd

Otis Redding

Otis Redding

  • 1899, The world’s first jukebox was installed at San Francisco’s’ Palais Royal Hotel. The word Jook is an old African-American term, meaning to dance, sometimes used with sexual connotations.
  • 1965, Marc Bolan  appeared live on the UK TV show Five O’Clock Funfair, performing ‘The Wizard’.
  • 1974, One Hit Wonder Billy Swan started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can Help’. The song was a hit throughout most of Europe and also reached #1 in Australia. It was so successful in Norway that it charted for 37 weeks on the Norwegian charts making it the 4th best-performing single of all time in that country.
  • 1974, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 album with ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll’. The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at No.2 in the UK.
  • 1975, Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody.  The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.
  • 1979, Keith Richard’s girlfriend Anita Pallenburg was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home. A 17-year-old, Scott Cantrell, had shot himself in the head with a gun owned by Keith Richards, while in Pallenberg’s bed, at the South Salem, New York house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. Cantrell had been employed as a part-time groundskeeper at the estate and was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg.
  • 1985, American blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack aged 75. Wrote ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’, (a hit for Bill Haley and His Comets) and ‘Sweet Sixteen.’
  • 1989, Singer Jimmy Somerville was given a conditional discharge from Bow St Magistrates after being found guilty of obstructing the highway during a aids demonstration outside the Australian commission in London.
  • 1991, Genesis scored their 5th UK No.1 album with ‘We Can’t Dance’, featuring the singles ‘Jesus He Knows Me’ and ‘I Can’t Dance’.
  • 1991, Michael Jackson had his fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Black or White’ which featured Slash on guitar. Also a No.1 hit in the US.
  • 1992, American country music singer Roy Acuff died aged 89. Known as the “King of Country Music,” he was the first living artist elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Acuff started his career in 1932 working for Dr. Hauer’s medicine show, hired as one of its entertainers to draw a crowd to whom Hauer could sell medicines.
  • 1995, American soul singer and saxophonist Junior Walker died of cancer aged 64. Had the 1966 US & UK Top 20 single ‘How Sweet It Is’, and the 1969 US No.4 single ‘What Does It Take, To Win Your Love’. Walker also played sax on Foreigner’s 1981 hit ‘Urgent.’
  • 2002, Otis Reddings’ widow and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a biography written in 2001 about the R&B legend, claiming the book was filled with lies. The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta’s Fulton County, sought $15 million in damages and claimed that the book detailed 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.
  • 2002, Christina Aguilera was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dirrty’, her 3rd UK chart topper.
  • 2003, Jay-Z started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Black Album.’
  • 2008, 15 years after their last album, Guns N’ Roses released Chinese Democracy in the US, exclusively via the electronics retailer Best Buy. Nine years previously, Geffen Records had reportedly paid Axl Rose $1 million to finish the album, with a further $1 million if he handed it in to them by March 1, 1999.
  • 2012, According to a new list of the 200 rarest records published in Record Collector magazine, the original acetate of the pre- Beatles demo by the Quarrymen of ‘That’ll Be The Day’ was worth £200,000 ($320,630). Several other Beatles records figured in the top 20. Low-numbered copies of The Beatles The White Album was said to be worth £7,000 ($11,222 USD), though a copy of a mono White Album #0000005 sold for £19,201 ($30,782 USD) in 2009.

Born on this day:

  • 1939, Born on this day, Betty Everett, soul singer, (1964 US No. 6 single ‘The Shoop Shoop Song, It’s In His Kiss’, 1965 UK No. 29 single ‘Getting Mighty Crowded’). She died on 19th August 2001 aged 61.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Marcia Griffiths, singer, also called the “Queen of Reggae”. With Bob Andy as a duo (Bob and Marcia), she had the 1970 UK hit with ‘Young, Gifted and Black’.
  • 1954, Born on this day, Bruce Hornsby, keyboards, vocals, The Range, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.15 single ‘The Way It Is’).
  • 1962, Born on this day, Chris Bostock, bass, Jo Boxers, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Boxer Beat’).
  • 1992, Born on this day, Miley Ray Cyrus, (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), American actress, singer and songwriter. Miley Stewart -Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana. Scored the 2006 US No.1 album ‘Hannah Montana’, and the 2013 US No.1 hit ‘Wrecking Ball’.

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