Month: November 2015

We stood beside our cotton bales and didn’t say a thing

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 30

Johnny Horton.jpg1929:  Johnny Horton is born in Los Angeles. His biggest hit is The Battle of New Orleans, which tops Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 for six weeks in 1959 and sells more than 1 million copies. We lose him far too soon on November 4, 1960, when he dies after a car crash while driving home to Shreveport following a concert in Austin, Texas.

I was born in the country and I lived in the trees

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 29

John Mayall 11933: John Mayall is born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. His father is a guitarist and jazz enthusiast and John grows up listening to American blues. He founds John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, which over the years includes some of the greatest musicians of the century.

Say you will

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 28

Berry-Gordy-1.jpg1929: Motown Records founder, producer and songwriter Berry Gordy Jr. is born in Detroit. He will win some fights as a boxer and work in a Lincoln-Mercury auto plant before turning to the music career that will carry him to the heights. Among his initial successes: He is a co-writer of Jackie Wilson hits including Lonely Teardrops.

Footprints dressed in red

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 27

1942: Johnny Allen Hendrix — who will grow up to become Jimi Hendrix — is born in Seattle. He begins playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlists in the U.S. Army; he is granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, heJimi Hendrix 1.jpg moves to Clarksville, Tennessee, and begins playing gigs on the chitlin’ circuit, eventually earning a place in the Isley Brothers’ backing band and later finding work with Little Richard, with whom he continues to play through mid-1965. He then joins Curtis Knight and the Squires before moving to England in late 1966 after having been discovered by bassist Chas Chandler of the Animals. Within months, Hendrix earns three U.K. top 10 hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hey Joe, Purple Haze, and The Wind Cries Mary. He achieves fame in the U.S. after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and in 1968 his third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reaches #1 in the U.S. The double LP is Hendrix’s most commercially successful release and his first and only #1 album. He headlines the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 as the world’s highest-paid performer before dying from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.

You know there’s always rain in my heart

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 26

TheBeatlesPleasePleaseMe1962: The Beatles record their single Please Please Me at Abbey Road’s Studio 2. Released in early 1963, it is a #1 hit in the U.K. It fails to make an initial impression in the U.S. until its re-release in January 1964, when it peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.