Tuesday, November 8, 2016


November 8th: On this Day
1952, The first ever UK pop chart was published by the New Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns. ‘Here In My Heart’ by Al Martino was the first No.1. The song stayed at No.1 for nine weeks. 
1958, The soundtrack to South Pacific went to No.1 on the UK album chart. It became the longest running No.1 album of all time spending a total of 115 weeks at the No.1 position. 
1965, The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take. 

1968, The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre, England. 
1969, 'Something' the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the UK singles chart, it peaked at No.4 in the UK and went on to be a No.1 on the US chart. 
1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV  it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England. 
1975, David Bowie made his US TV debut performing 'Fame', on the Cher CBS-TV show. Bowie who was living in New York at the time had written the song with John Lennon during a jamming session. 
1980, KISS kicked off their 11 date Unmasked Tour of Australia and New Zealand laying two nights at Perth Entertainment Centre. 
1986, Berlin started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take Your Breath Away'. The song which was featured in the film 'Top Gun', was written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986. 
1998, Robbie Williams scored his second UK No.1 album with 'I've Been Expecting You'. The album which featured his UK No.1 hit 'Millennium', went on to become the UK's best selling album for that year with sales now over 2.5m. 
2001, Winners at the MTV Europe Awards included Robbie Williams who won Best male and Best song for 'Rock DJ', Craig David won Best R&B act and Best UK & Ireland act, Dido won Best new act and Anastacia won Best pop act. Gorillaz won Best song for ‘Clint Eastwood’ and Best Dance act and Eminem won the Best Hip Hop award. 
2007, Four men were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after Police raided a house in Camden, London belonging to singer Amy Winehouse.  The arrests were in connection of a court case involving Ms Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who faced charges of causing grievous bodily harm. 
2008, AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Black Ice' the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. Black Ice went to #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US. 
2009, Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The 50-year-old singer who was hit in the eye by a plastic bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off. 
2012, Reports surfaced that Jermaine Jackson had filed legal papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court asking to have the spelling of his surname altered to Jacksun for "artistic reasons." The request would be granted in February, 2013. 
November 8th: Born on this day
1927, Born on this day, Ken Dodd, singer, comedian, (1965 UK No.1 single 'Tears' plus 17 other UK Top hit singles). 
1942, Born on this day, Gerald Alston, vocals, The Manhattans, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Kiss And Say Goodbye'). 
1944, Born on this day, Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney and Bonnie, (1971 US No.13 single 'Never Ending Song Of Love', worked with Eric Clapton during early 70's, acting roles in 'Fame', 'Roseanne' and 'The Doors'). 
1944, Born on this day, Rodney Slater, sax, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I'm The Urban Spaceman’). 
1946, Born on this day, John Martin, The Big Figure, Dr Feelgood, (1979 UK No.9 single 'Milk And Alcohol'). 
1946, Born on this day, Roy Wood, guitar, vocals, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry way'), Wizzard, (1973 UK No.1 single 'See My Baby Jive'). 
1946, Born on this day, Australian-born songwriter, arranger, singer and guitarist John Farrar who has been a member of The Strangers, Marvin, Welch & Farrar, and The Shadows. He wrote the No.1 hit singles for Olivia Newton-John, 'Have You Never Been Mellow' and 'You're the One That I Want' with John Travolta. 
1947, Born on this day, Minnie Riperton, US singer, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.2 with the Stevie Wonder produced single 'Loving You'). Died of cancer 12th July 1979. 
1949, Born on this day, Alan Berger, Southside Johnny & The Ashbury Jukes, (1978 album 'Hearts Of Stone'). 
1949, Born on this day, Bonnie Raitt, Blues singer songwriter, slide guitarist, (1994 UK No.31 single 'You', 1990 US No.1 album 'Nick Of Time’). 
1957, Born on this day, Porl Thompson, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single 'Friday I'm In Love', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles). 
1958, Born on this day, Terry Lee Miall, Adam And The Ants, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Stand And Deliver', plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). 
1970, Born on this day, Rat, guitar, Neds Atomic Dustbin, (1991 UK No.16 single 'Happy'). 
1977, Born on this day, Tiffani Wood, Australian singer, songwriter, Bardot, winners of the Australian Popstars reality show, (2000 Australian No.1 single ‘Poison’, and 2000 Australian No.1 self-titled album). Now solo. 
1985, Born on this day, Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy and star of MTV The Osbournes TV Show.

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