Month: November 2016

Blood’s thicker than the mud

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 30

family-affair-luv-n-haight-521116ee58c2c1971: Sly and the Family Stone are at #1 on U.S. singles charts with It’s a Family Affair. It is the group’s fourth and final #1.



Something in the way she woos me

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 29

cover1969: The Beatles go to #1 on U.S. singles charts with Come Together / Something. Something is the first Beatles tune written by George Harrison to be released as an A-side. The B-side, Come Together, is a takeoff from Timothy Leary’s campaign slogan “Come together, join the party,” in his run against Ronald Reagan in the race for governor of California.

Is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 28

leader_of_the_pack_album1964: The Shangri-Las take over the top spot on U.S. singles charts with “teen death song” Leader of the Pack. When released in the U.K., the song is banned by the BBC because of the death theme — the leader of the pack dies in a motorcycle wreck, according to the song’s narrative. It charts three times in the U.K. anyway, at #11 in 1965; at #3 in 1972 and again at #7 in 1976.

Leave them kids alone!

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 23

pink_floyd_anotherbrick_84811979: Pink Floyd releases Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) which rapidly tops the charts in the U.K., followed by the U.S. and a further nine countries. Featuring children from Islington Green School in North London, close to Floyd’s Britannia Row Studios, it is the group’s first U.K. single since Point Me At The Sky in 1968, and their first chart hit since See Emily Play in 1967.

Waiting for this moment to arrive

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 22

2000px-the_white_album-svg1968: The Beatles’ much anticipated White Album (The Beatles) is released in the U.K. The double-disc set comes in the iconic white sleeve and includes color portraits of the Boys and a mind-bending poster. The music is wonderful, including Dear Prudence, Helter-Skelter, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Back in the USSR and the beautiful, haunting Blackbird. The album will be atop U.K. charts for eight weeks.