November 7th: On this day
1951, Frank Sinatra married his second wife actress Ava Gardner, the couple split up in 1953 and divorced in 1957. Sinatra was married three other times, to his first wife Nancy Barbato, to the actress Mia Farrow and finally to Barbara Marx, to whom he was married at his death.
1958, Eddie Cochran made his UK chart debut with ‘Summertime Blues’. It reached No.18 in the UK & No.8 in the US. The song has been covered by many artists, including being a No.1 hit for country music artist, Alan Jackson, and a notable hit for the English rock band, The Who.
1963, The Beatles went to Ireland to make their only two appearances ever in the country playing two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin. The group hooked up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who had been appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles’ first (as yet untitled) motion picture. Owen spent three days with The Beatles observing their hectic, lifestyle.
1967, Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have since collaborated on over 30 albums.
1967, The Beatles finished recording ‘Blue Jay Way’, ‘Flying’ and ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ The Beatles have only six songs, not enough for an album so decided to issue a double-EP. Capitol Records didn’t think the double-EP format would be acceptable for the US market, so they decide to put out an album instead. The six “Magical Mystery Tour” songs with five of the six songs from The Beatles’ 1967 singles went on side two.
1969, The Rolling Stones kicked off their 6th North American tour at Fort Collins state University, Colorado. Also on the bill was Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and B.B. King.
1974, Ted Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at 150 yards. The heavy metal guitarist also shot dead 27 other mammals during the three day event.
1975, A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.
1975, Elton John started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rock Of The Westies’, the singers tenth studio album and seventh US No.1 contained the US No.1 and No.14 UK single, ‘Island Girl’, which was released prior to the album.
1981, Hall and Oates started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Private Eyes’, the duo’s third US No.1, a No.32 hit in the UK.
1987, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tunnel Of Love.’ His eighth studio album went triple platinum in the US, with ‘Brilliant Disguise’ being one of his biggest hit singles, peaking at No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1987, Tiffany became the youngest act to score a US No.1 since Michael Jackson (‘Ben’, in 1972) with ‘I Think we’re Alone Now’. The song written by Ritchie Cordell was initially a 1967 hit for Tommy James & the Shondells.
1991, Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’ Roses and was replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin citied a combination of Axl Rose’s personal behaviour and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety.
1999, Geri Halliwell went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lift Me Up’, beating former colleague Emma Bunton’s single which entered the chart at No.2. Sales of Geri’s single were helped by front-page press reports about her dating Chris Evans.
2002, 12 Guns N’ Roses fans were arrested during a riot after a gig in Vancouver was cancelled. Promoters pulled the gig after Axl Rose’s flight from Los Angeles was delayed.
2002, Whitney Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, driving without a licence and having no proof of insurance after he was stopped by police in Atlanta City.
2004, Eminem went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Just Lose It’, his fourth UK No.1. The UK top five this week consisted of all American acts: No.2, Destinys Child – Lose My Breath, No.3, Britney Spears – My Prerogative, No.4, Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott – Car Wash and No.5 Usher & Alicia Keys – My Boo.
2004, Elton John turned the air blue live on BBC Radio 1 using the words; f****ing, w**k, and t**s. The singer was a guest on the Chris Moyles Radio 1 breakfast show in the UK.
2012, A woman died, and 19 others were injured, after scaffolding collapsed outside a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa. The temporary scaffolding outside Green Point stadium came down in high winds just before the concert. The concert went ahead, with the band only learning of the death afterwards.
2014, Australian drummer of AC/DC, Phil Rudd, had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand, but he will still facing charges of drugs possession and making threats to kill. The U-turn by authorities, announced less than 24 hours after Mr Rudd appeared in court, was because of a lack of evidence, his lawyer said.
2014, Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for. At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.
November 7th: Born on this day
1937, Born on this day, Mary Travers, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.2 single ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’, written by John Denver). Died on 16th Sept 2009 aged 72.
1942, Born on this day, Johnny Rivers, US singer, songwriter, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Poor Side Of Town’ plus over 15 other US Top 40 hits).
1943, Born on this day, Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson), Canadian singer, songwriter, 1970 UK No.11 single ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, 1974 US No.7 single ‘Help Me’. She wrote ‘Both Sides Now’ a hit for Judy Collins and ‘Woodstock’ a hit for Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Matthews Southern Comfort. Mitchell’s work is highly respected by critics, and she has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres.
1951, Born on this day, Kevin Scott MacDonald, guitarist, Cutting Crew, (1987 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single ‘I Just Died In Your Arms’)
1951, Born on this day, Nick Gilder, singer, Sweeney Todd, solo, (1978 US No.1 single ‘Hot Child In The City’).
1954, Born on this day, Robin Beck, singer, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘First Time’). The song was taken from a TV advertisement for Coca-Cola. As a backing singer Beck worked with Melissa Manchester, Chaka Khan and Leo Sayer.
1957, Born on this day, John “Jellybean” Benitez, producer, club DJ and remixer, (1987 UK No.10 single ‘Who Found Who’).
1960, Born on this day, Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist, took over Ace Frehley’s character in KISS of the ‘Spaceman.’
1963, Born on this day, Clint Mansell, guitarist, Pop Will Eat Itself, (1991 UK No.15 single ‘X Y & Zee’).
1964, Born on this day, Liam O’Maonlai, vocals, guitar, piano, Hothouse Flowers, (1988 UK No.11 single ‘Don’t Go’).
1967, Born on this day, Sharleen Spiteri, vocals, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Say What You Want’, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Blonde On Blonde’).
1970, Born on this day, Neil Hannon, singer, Divine Comedy, (1999 UK No. 8 single ‘National Express’).
1971, Born on this day, Robin Finck, American guitarist, Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses.
1978, Born on this day, Mark Daniel Read, vocals, A1, (2000 UK No.1 single, ‘Same Old Brand New You’).
1988, Born on this day, English rapper, Tinie Tempah, (born Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu). Scored the 2010 UK No.1 ‘Pass Out’, and ‘Written in the Stars’.
1996, Born on this day, New Zealand singer-songwriter, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, known by her stage name Lorde who had the 2013 worldwide hit ‘Royals’, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a No.1 song in the United States.