Monthly Archives: November 2008

Rewind – Eleven.0

November – In Rock History

Number One Songs

1953 Rags To Riches – Tony Bennett
1955 Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
1957 That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
1965 Get Off My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
1966 Last Train To Clarkesville – The Monkees
1968 Hey Jude – The Beatles
1970 Voodoo Chile – Jimi Hendrix
1971 Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes
1976 Rock ‘n’ Me – Steve Miller Band
1979 Pop Muzik – M
1981 Private Eyes – Hall & Oates
1982 Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work
1984 Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) – Billy Ocean
1987 Bad – Michael Jackson
1990 Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
1991 The Fly – U2
1996 Breathe – Prodigy
2005 I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys

1889

The first jukebox is installed by Pacific Phonograph Co. in the Palais Royal Hotel, San Francisco.

1957

‘Great Balls Of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis is released by Sun Records. It becomes the biggest selling record in the Sun catalog.

1961

Jimmie Rodgers is unanimously elected as the first member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1910, at the age of 13, he began working as a waterboy on the railroad. He learned the cries and moans of the blues, was taught how to pick and strum a guitar by other workers and hobos and made his first recordings by 1927. He went on to become a superstar and for seven years, until his death, was referred to as “The Singing Brakeman” and “America’s Blue Yodeler”.

1963

John Lennon makes a request to British royalty during the introduction to ‘Twist And Shout’ at the Royal Variety Show in the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. “For our last number I’d like to ask for your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you just rattle your jewelry.” The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret are in attendance.

1968

‘Electric Ladyland’ is Number 1 in the US Album charts for the first of two weeks.

1971

Isaac Hayes reaches the top of the US Singles chart with ‘Theme From Shaft’. The song is from the soundtrack to the film ‘Shaft’, starring Richard Roundtree. The song would go on to sell over one million copies and become the biggest song of Hayes career.

1976

Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested for the second time in only two days. First, he is arrested for drunk driving. The next day he is arrested when he goes to Graceland and demands to see Elvis while waving a pistol at the mansion.

1981

Compact discs are being demonstrated as the new music format while the British Phonographic Industry release a statement commenting on how, “home taping is wiping out music.” Elton John, Gary Numan, The Boomtown Rats, 10cc and Cliff Richard all agree with the BPI that there should be a tax added to the price of blank cassette tapes.

1982

Softcell remain in the Hot 100 Singles chart for the 43rd week in a row (at Number 97) with ‘Tainted Love’. This establishes a record for the longest consecutive run in the charts.

1988

The Beach Boys reach the Number 1 spot in the charts with ‘Kokomo’ and establish two new records.
The first is for the longest span of Number 1 hits – 24 years 4 months between ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Kokomo’.
The second record is for the longest gap between Number 1 hits – 21 years 10 months since ‘Good Vibrations’.

1990

Milli Vanilli producer, Frank Farian, publicly admits that Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus did not sing one single note on their album ‘Milli Vanilli’. The duo are eventually asked to return their Grammy for ‘Best New Artist’.

1995

Michael Jackson sells the ATV music catalogue, which includes all of the Lennon / McCartney songs, to Sony for 95 million dollars.

Scroll Call – November 2008

This month the flash memory of my iPod is storing:

Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None) – Snoop Doggy Dogg
Blue – Plej
Change Is What We Need – Troubleman
Daylight – Ramp
Evidence – Candi Staton
Fade – Solu Music ft KimBlee
Good Rockin’ Tonight – Elvis Presley
Hold Tight – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
I Love You More And More – Tom Brock
Jim On The Move – Lalo Schifrin
Keep On Steppin’ – DJ Fidelity
Lights Out – Santogold
Mathar (The Original Indian Vibes) – The Dave Pike Set
Needle In A Haystack – The Velvettes
One Evening – Feist
Pistol Packin’ Mama – Al Dexter & His Troopers
Return To Dust – Bob Mould
Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
Standing Next To Me – The Last Shadow Puppets
Terra Notta – Briskey
United – Music Makers
Valley Of The Shadows – Origin Unknown
We Ask You To Ride – Wooden Shjips
Your Love – Pacha Massive