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
The first jukebox is installed by Pacific Phonograph Co. in the Palais Royal Hotel, San Francisco.
‘Great Balls Of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis is released by Sun Records. It becomes the biggest selling record in the Sun catalog.
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”.
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.
‘Electric Ladyland’ is Number 1 in the US Album charts for the first of two weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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’.
Michael Jackson sells the ATV music catalogue, which includes all of the Lennon / McCartney songs, to Sony for 95 million dollars.