This day in rock history: Nov 10th

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 1992, U2, Public Enemy and the Sugarcubes all appeared at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California.
  • 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.’
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.aced 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.

Born on this day:

  • 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’).
  • 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’).
  • 1969, Born on this day, Paul ‘Kermit’ Leveridge, Black Grape, (1995 UK No.8 single ‘In The Name Of The Father’)
  • 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, 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.

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