- 1964, Decca Records released the Rolling Stones’ ‘Little Red Rooster’. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. The single was a No.1 hit in the UK and remains the only time a blues song has ever topped the UK pop chart.
- 1968, Hugo Montenegro was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘The Good The Bad And The Ugly’, the soundtrack from a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. The first instrumental No.1 since 1963.
- 1969, Crosby Stills Nash & Young played the first of four nights at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California.
- 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis Jr was killed in a car accident near Hernando, Mississippi. Lewis had been working as the drummer in his father’s band.
- 1976, Led Zeppelin scored their seventh UK No.1 with the film soundtrack double album The Song Remains The Same, peaking at No.2 on the US chart. The tracks were recorded at Madison Square Garden, New York City in 1973.
- 1976, Rod Stewart started an 8 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tonight’s The Night’. It was Rod’s second US No.1; it made No.5 in the UK after being banned by many radio stations due to song being about the seduction of a virgin. The song features whispers from actress Britt Ekland who was Stewart’s girlfriend at the time.
- 1976, The Melody Maker announced UK dates for the first major punk tour with The Sex Pistols and the Ramones co-headlining along with Talking Heads, The Vibrators and Chris Spedding. The 14-date tour which was due to start at Newcastle City Hall on Nov 29th never took place.
- 1982, Men At Work started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their debut album ‘Business As Usual’, which went on to sell over five million copies in the US.
- 1982, Former Equals singer Eddie Grant started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’, his only UK chart topper.
- 2000, The Beatles launched their first official website www.thebeatles.com. The site went live on the same day as the release of their retrospective ‘Compilation 1’ album.
- 2004, Rap artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard, (real name Russell Jones), collapsed and died at a Manhattan recording studio in New York aged 35. A spokesman for his record company, said the rapper, had complained of chest pains, was dead by the time paramedics reached him. ODB was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s.
- 2012, The original collage that was reproduced and included in copies of The Beatles’ 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record sold for $87,720. The piece, which was designed by Peter Blake, was sold to an unnamed bidder as part of an auction of modern British art at Sotheby’s in London.
Born on this day:
- 1949, Born on this day, Roger Steen, guitar, The Tubes, (1977 UK No.28 single ‘White Punks On Dope’, 1983 US No.10 single ‘She’s A Beauty’).
- 1951, Born on this day, Bill Gibson, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Power Of Love’).
- 1953, Born on this day, Andrew Ranken, drums, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘The Irish Rover’).
- 1979, Born on this day, Nikolai Fraiture, bass, The Strokes, (2001 UK No. 14 single, ‘Last Nite’ 2001 UK No.2 album ‘Is This It?’).