This day in rock history: Nov 7th

Hall and Oats

Hall and Oats

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1975, A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson), singer, songwriter, 1970 UK No.11 single ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, 1974 US No.7 single ‘Help Me’. Wrote ‘Both Sides Now’ a hit for Judy Collins and ‘Woodstock’ a hit for Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Matthews Southern Comfort.
  • 1951, Born on this day, Nick Gilder, singer, Sweeney Todd, solo, (1978 US No.1 single ‘Hot Child In The City’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist, took over Ace Frehley’s character in KISS of the ‘Spaceman.’
  • 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.

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