The Allman Brothers Band. Jethro Tull. Genesis. Tom Waits.
It’s This Week in Rock History, November 18th edition. Let’s dive right in!
Born This Week in Rock History:
Gene Clark: November 17, 1944 (guitar and vocals, The Byrds)
Martin Barre: November 17, 1946 (guitar, Jethro Tull)
Duane Allman: November 20, 1946 (guitar, The Allman Brothers Band)
Joe Walsh: November 20, 1947 (guitar & keyboards, The Eagles)
Malcom Rebennack, Jr. AKA Dr. John: November 21, 1940 (blues musician)
“Whistlin” Alex Moore: November 22, 1899 (blues pianist)
Steven Van Zandt: November 22, 1949 (guitar, The E Street Band)
Ida Goodson: November 23, 1909 (blues and jazz musician)
Pete Best: November 24, 1941 (drums, The Beatles)
Bob Burns: November 24, 1950 (drums, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Died This Week in Rock History:
John Glascock: November 17, 1979 (bass, Jethro Tull)
Little Junior Parker: November 18, 1971 (blues vocalist and harmonica player)
Danny Whitten: November 18, 1972 (guitar, Crazy Horse)
Chris Whitley: November 20, 2005 (blues-rocker)
Little Smokey Smothers: November 20, 2010 (blues musician)
Robert Lockwood Jr.: November 21, 2006 (blues guitarist)
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)
Music releases and top of the charts…
Genesis releases The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: November, 18, 1974
Billy Joel’s 52nd Street album hits #1: November 18, 1978
The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” hits number one on the US charts: November 19, 1966.
Isaac Hayes hit number 1 in the US with the “Theme From Shaft”: November 20, 1971.
The Beatles release their second album in the UK titled “With The Beatles”: November 22, 1963.
KC And The Sunshine Band hit the top of the Hot 100 with “That’s The Way (I Like It)”: 22 November, 1975.
The Beatles double album “The Beatles”, better known as “The White Album”, in released: November 22, 1968
It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll by The Rolling Stones hits #1: November 23, 1974
Metallica releases “Garage Inc.”: November 23, 1998.
This Week in Rock History:
On November 18, 1975, The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, played his first UK show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The setlist features classic material such as “Thunder Road”, “10th-Avenue Freeze Out”, and “Born to Run.”
Bob Dylan began to record his first album in New York on November 20, 1961. Despite Bob Dylan’s current reputation as a songwriting all-time great, the album only featured two original songs, “Talkin’ New York” and “Song to Woody.”
On November 20, 1970, singer-songwriter Tom Waits played his first paid gig. The performance was billed under the name “Thomas Waits.”
On November 20, 1974, Keith Moon collapsed during a The Who concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. His drink had been spiked with horse tranquilizers. Scot Halpin, a fan in the audience, winds up replacing him on drums for the last three songs. At the end of the show, Halpin took a bow with the band.
On November 20, 1976, Paul Simon hosted Saturday Night Live and performed two songs with George Harrison: “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Homeward Bound.” Harrison’s former-fellow Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, were watching show on television at Lennon’s home in New York City.
Jimmy Page began his first solo tour on November 21, 1988. The tour begins at The Hummingbird in Birmingham and featured Jason Bonham, John Bonham’s son, on drums.
On November 21, 1991, Aerosmith got Simpsonized and appeared on the beloved animated sitcom!
On November 21, 2003, legendary record producer Phil Spector, famous for his “Wall of Sound” production technique, was formally charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
Ozzy Osbourne attempted to stop a burglar at his mansion in Buckinghamshire on November 22, 2004. Ozzy put the burglar in a headlock. After breaking free, the intruder jumped out a window with about £2m of jewelry.
A sheet metal worker by the name of Louis Balint punched Elvis Presley at a hotel in Toledo on November 23, 1956. The reason? Balint claimed that his wife was so in love with Elvis that it ruined his marriage. Balint was arrested and fined $19.60. He couldn’t pay the fine and was accordingly sent to jail.
The Beatles began recording for the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on November 24, 1966. They worked on “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which would not be included on the eventual album. It was released as a single prior due to record label pressure for new music.
– And that’s a rock and roll wrap!
– Brian M. Reiser,