November 10th: On this day
1955, Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee. Back at his hotel Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. Presley released the track as a single on January 27, 1956, his first on his new record label RCA Victor. The song gave him his his first No.1 one pop record.
1958, Soul singer Sam Cooke was injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas. The driver was killed in the accident.
1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘His Latest Flame/Little Sister.’ The singers ninth UK No.1.
1963, The Yardbirds, (with Eric Clapton on guitar) appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, Surrey, England.
1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician’s Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.
1973, Elton John started a eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, the singers third US No.1. The album which had the working titles of Vodka and Tonics and Silent Movies, Talking Pictures, is his best selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 million copies. Recorded at the Château d’Hérouville, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, ‘Candle in the Wind’, as well as three successful singles: ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’ and the title track.
1973, Former lead singer with The Temptations Eddie Kendricks started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Keep On Truckin’.
1975, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Space Oddity’ the track was first released in 1969 to tie in with the Apollo 11 moon landing. Rick Wakeman (former keyboard player with Yes) provided synthesizer backing. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and ‘Hallo Spaceboy’.
1979, Fleetwood Mac scored their second UK No.1 album with the double set ‘Tusk’, the 12th album by the British/American rock band.
1979, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Heartache Tonight’, the group’s 5th and final US No.1. It made No.40 in the UK.
1984, After setting a new record for advanced orders, 1,099,500 copies, Frankie Goes To Hollywood went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘Welcome To The Pleasure Dome.’ Also on this day Frankie Goes To Hollywood made their debut TV appearance on Saturday Night Live performing ‘Two Tribes’ and ‘Born To Run’.
1984, Former Rufus singer Chaka Khan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Feel For You.’ Written by Prince, the song featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the Rap was by Grandmaster Melle Mel. The repetition of Khan’s name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin, who then decided to keep it.
1990, Mariah Carey started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Takes Time’, her second US No.1, a No.37 hit in the UK.
1990, Vanilla Ice started a 16-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘To The Extreme.’
1992, U2, Public Enemy and the Sugarcubes all appeared at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California.
1997, American session guitarist Tommy Tedesco died of lung cancer aged 67. Described by “Guitar Player” magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. And played on many TV themes including Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, M*A*S*H and Batman.
1999, Eighties hit making team Stock, Aitken and Waterman went to court fighting over song rights. Stock and Aitken claimed Waterman owed them hundreds of thousands of pounds as musicians and songwriters.
2002, Keyboard player Johnny Griffith died. Had been a member of the Motown records house band, played on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine.’
2004, Police questioned Sugababe singer Mutya Buena after she was involved in a fight at a beauty contest. A scuffle broke out in the audience as points were being awarded to girls in the Miss Teen Philippines contest in which Mutya’s sister was competing.
2007, The mother of Kanye West died after complications following surgery at the age of 58. She was taken to hospital in Los Angeles after she had stopped breathing at home and could not be resuscitated. Dr Donda West had managed her son’s businesses and educational foundation and was the subject of his song Hey Mama.
2007, Carrie Underwood was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Carnival Ride’, the US Country pop singers second album and first No.1.
2008, Coldplay were declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards held in Monaco. The band picked up the prize ‘ along with the Rock Act Of The Year award ‘ after their current album ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’ topped charts around the globe. Other winners at the awards included Leona Lewis for Best Pop Female ‘ and Best New Artist, Amy Winehouse was the winner in the Female Pop/Rock award, while Alicia Keys was named best in the R&B category. Lil’ Wayne bagged the Hip-Hop/Rap Artist award, while Akon was declared the Biggest Internet Artist Of The Year.
2008, After the anti-child-abuse group Kidscape filed a complaint, the British exam board recalled a high school music test that included convicted child molester Gary Glitter’s 1973 hit “I’m the Leader of the Gang” in its “suggested listening” section. Group head Michele Elliott said “The role model is morally decrepit. It’s just inappropriate.”
2009, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry confirmed that Steven Tyler had quit Aerosmith to pursue a solo career and was unsure whether the move was indefinite. No replacement was announced.
2014, Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was arrested following an alleged air rage incident on a flight from the United States. Ms O’Riordan was detained after a stewardess was reportedly attacked in the business section on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare.
2014, The Rolling Stones faced a battle to win a $12.7m (£7.9m) insurance claim for concerts they postponed when Mick Jagger’s girlfriend died. L’Wren Scott took her own life in March, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The group had taken out a policy to be paid in the event shows were cancelled due to the death of family members or others, including Scott. But underwriters said Scott’s death may not be covered by the policy.
2015, Allen Toussaint the American musician, songwriter/composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B died aged 77 while on tour in Madrid, Spain.
November 10th: Born on this day
1941, Born on this day, Kyu Sakamoto, (1963 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Sukiyaki’, the first ever Japanese US No.1). Killed in a plane crash on 12th August 1985.
1948, Born on this day, Greg Lake, King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer. (1977 UK No.2 single ‘Fanfare For The Common Man’), solo, (1975 UK No.2 single ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’).
1949, Born on this day, Peter Bramall, singer, Bram Tchaikovsky, The Motors, (1978 UK No.4 single ‘Airport’).
1954, Born on this day, Mario Cipollina, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Power Of Love’).
1957, Born on this day, Chris Joyce, drums, Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Holding Back The Years’).
1958, Born on this day, Frank Maudsley, A Flock Of Seagulls, (1982 UK No.10 & US No.26 single ‘Wishing, If I Had A Photograph Of You’).
1961, Born on this day, Junior Giscombe, (1997 UK No.6 single with Kim Wilde, ‘Another Step Closer To You’).
1965, Born on this day, David Hawes, bass, Catherine Wheel, (1973 UK No.35 single ‘I Want To Touch You’).
1966, Born on this day, Steve Mackey, Pulp, (1995 UK No.2 single ‘Common People’).
1967, Born on this day, Andrew Vowles, Mushroom, Massive Attack, (1991 UK No.13 single ‘Unfinished Sympathy’).
1968, Born on this day, Steve Brookstein, singer, winner of the first ever X Factor UK TV show in 2004. (2005 UK No.1 single Against All Odds’).
1969, Born on this day, Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single ‘In The Name Of The Father’)
1970, Born on this day, Derry Brownson, EMF, (1990 UK No.3 & 1991 US No.1 single ‘Unbelievable’).
1970, Born on this day, Warren G, US rapper, (1994 UK No.5 single, ‘Regulate’, 1996 UK No.2 single with Adina Howard, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’).
1973, Born on this day, Jacqueline Abbott, The Beautiful South, (1990 UK No.1 single ‘A Little Time’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1975, Born on this day, Jim Adkins, lead singer and guitarist with Jimmy Eat World.
1978, Born on this day, Eve, US female rapper, (2001 UK No.4 single, featuring Gwen Stefani, ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’).
1978, Born on this day, Drew McConnell, bass, Babyshambles, (2006 UK No.17 single ‘Janie Jones’).
1979, Born on this day, Chris Joannou, bass, Silverchair, (1997 Australian No.1 & UK No.34 single ‘Freak’, 1995 Australian No.1 album ‘Frogstomp’ plus three other Australian No.1 albums).
1983, Born on this day, Miranda Lambert, American country music artist who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star. Her fifth album Platinum peaked at No.1 in 2014 on the US album chart.