November 23rd – 29th This Week in Rock

November 23rd – 29th This Week in Rock

November 23rd – 29th. This Week In Rock. See what happened.

November 23rd – 29th – BORN THIS WEEK 

Ida Goodson – November 23, 1909 (blues and jazz musician)

Scott Joplin – November 24, 1868 (pivotal ragtime pianist)

Pete Best – November 24, 1941 (drums, The Beatles)

Donald “duck” Dunn – November 24, 1941 (bass, Booker T and The MGs.)

Bob Burns – November 24, 1950 (drums, Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Happy Birthday Bev Bevan!

Bev Bevan – November 25, 1944 (Drummer- Electric Light Orchestra)

Bob Babbitt – November 26, 1937 (bassist, a member of the Funk Brothers)

John McVie – November 26, 1945 (bass guitar – Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)

Tina Turner – November 26, 1939 (singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress)

Al Jackson – Nov. 27, 1934 (drummer, founding member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s)

Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix! 

Jimi Hendrix – Nov. 27, 1942 (guitarist, singer, and songwriter. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsy’s)

Dave Winthrop- Nov. 27, 1948 (flute, saxophone – Supertramp)

Charlie Benante – Nov. 27, 1962 (Anthrax)

Randy Brecker – Nov. 27, 1945 (flugelhornist, composer, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Zappa, Parliament)

Randy Newman – Nov. 28, 1943 (singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist)

Happy Birthday Matt Cameron!

Matt Cameron – November 28, 1962 (Drummer- Soundgarden, Pearl Jam)

Merle Travis – Nov. 29, 1917 (guitarist, country, and western singer)

John Mayall – Nov. 29, 1933 (singer, guitarist, songwriter, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)

Barry Goudreau – Nov. 29, 1951 (guitarists, Boston)

Ronnie Montrose – Nov. 29, 1947 (rock guitarist, Montrose)

November 23rd – 29th – DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK:

Buster Pickens – November 24, 1964 (blues pianist)
Big Joe Turner – November 24, 1985 (blues vocalist)
Freddie Mercury – November 24, 1991 (lead vocalist, Queen)
Eric Carr – November 24, 1991 (drums, Kiss)
Albert Collins – November 24, 1993 (blues musician)
Nick Drake – November 25, 1974 (English singer-songwriter)
Keith ‘Keef’ Hartley – November 26, 2011 (drummer and bandleader, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
John Rostill – November 26, 1973 (musician, bassist and composer, The Shadows)
Robert ‘Pops’ Popwell – November 27, 2017 (jazz-funk bass guitarist- The Crusaders, The Rascals)
Barbara Acklin – November 27, 1998 (soul singer and songwriter, The Chi-Lites)
Tony Meehan – November 28, 2005 (drummer, The Shadows, The Drifters)
Jerry Edmonton – November 28, 1993 (drummer, Steppenwolf)
George Harrison – November 29, 2001 (musician, singer-songwriter, music-film lead guitarist of the Beatles)


George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord” – November 23, 1970
It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll by The Rolling Stones hits #1 – November 23, 1974
Metallica releases “Garage Inc.” – November 23, 1998.
The actor Robert Downey Jr. releases his debut album – November 23, 2004

Strawberry Alarm Clock hits #1

November 25, 1967 “Incense And Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock hits #1 in America. The song is co-written by the band’s guitarist, Ed King, who later joins Lynyrd Skynyrd.
November 25, 1995 Exhale (Shoop Shoop) By Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Hot 100. The song appears on the “Waiting To Exhale” soundtrack. Furthermore, 3 days later “I Will Always Love You, ” Hits #1 three days later after the movie’s release.
Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” enters the pop charts on November 26, 1966.
Louis Armstrong records “You Made Me Love You.” on November 27, 1926. The Association’s “Never My Love” is certified gold on November 27, 1967.
November 27, 1968 Steppenwolf’s self-titled debut album is certified gold.

Elvis Presley Hits # 1

November 28, 1960 Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” hits #1 for the first of six weeks.
The Kinks’ first hit, “You Really Got Me,” peaks at #7 in America on November 28, 1964.
Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” a cover of a Dolly Parton song from 1974, goes to #1 in America on November 28, 1992.
Joni James’ “Why Don’t You Believe Me” hits #1 on November 29, 1952
The Beatles’ “Come Together” hits #1 on the Hot 100 on November 29, 1969.

Bohemian Rhapsody” hits #1

November 29, 1975 Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” hits #1 in the UK and stays for a record nine weeks. In America, it becomes the group’s first Top 10 hit when it peaks at #9 on April 24, 1976.
November 29, 1975 Silver Convention’s “Fly, Robin, Fly” hits #1 in America for the first of three weeks. The disco tune has very few lyrics, since the German group couldn’t speak English.
Kansas’ Point of Know Return album is certified Platinum on November 29, 1977.


A sheet metal worker, Louis Balint punches Elvis Presley at a hotel in Toledo on November 23, 1956. The reason? Balint claims that his wife is so in love with Elvis that it’s ruining his marriage. The police arrest Balint and he receives a fine of $19.60. Next, he can’t pay the fine, he ends up going to jail.

On November 23, 2008, 14 years after starting the album, Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses release their album Chinese Democracy.

The Beatles began recording for the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band on November 24, 1966. They work on “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which they do not include on the eventual album. Due to the pressure from the label for new music, they release it as a single prior to the release date.

November 26,1958, Johnny Cash made his debut on the US country chart when ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to number 14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting number 1.

November 26, 1962, The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London. When released in the US on the Vee-Jay label, the first pressings featured a typographical error: The band’s name was spelled “The Beatles”.

Cream Plays Their Farewell Concert

November 26, 1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also, on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream’s Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker’s drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing.

November 27, 1961, Neil Christian, and the Crusaders, featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar, played a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison in London, England. The inmates were all dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wore homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches.

November 27, 1970, Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, tickets cost $5.00.

November 27, 1991, Freddie Mercury’s funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest, for 35 of his close friends and family, with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery, West London, England.

November 28, 1954, Winifred Atwell is at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Let’s Have Another Party.’ Furthermore Atwell is the first black artist to reach No.1 in the UK. As well as the first black artist to sell a million records.

November 28, 1962, The Beatles performed two evening shows. The first at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the second at the 527 Club in Liverpool. The 527 Club show is a dance for the staff of Lewis Department Store in Liverpool. And it’s held on the top floor of the store.

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