Steve Kline Ages of Rock
November 7, 1958
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Golden hair, shinin’ like moon glow
November 5, 1966
The Monkees are atop the U.S. singles chart with Last Train to Clarksville. It is the group’s first #1 hit. Bobby Hart, who co-writes the song, gets the idea for the lyrics when he turns on the radio and hears the end of The Beatles’ Paperback Writer. He thinks Paul McCartney is singing “Take the last train”, and decides to use the line when he finds out McCartney is actually singing “Paperback Writer.”
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
November 4, 1957
Jackie Wilson makes his U.S. chart debut with Reet Petite. Twenty-nine years later, it will be a #1 hit in the U.K. It is co-written by Berry Gordy, who uses money from this song’s royalties to start Motown Records.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: If you’ve got the notion
November 1, 1955
October 31, 1969
David Bowie appears at a Halloween night at the General Gordon, Gravesend, England. The gig lasts about 15 minutes. After Bowie sings Space Oddity to everyone’s delight, he drags a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sits and begins to read poems. He is booed off stage.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Been missing ya, miss kissing ya
October 29, 1965
The Who release the single My Generation in the U.K. The song is named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reaches #2 in the U.K., The Who’s highest-charting single in their home country but only #74 in the U.S.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife
October 28, 1936
ALSO ON THIS DAY: I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in your dream
October 26, 1958
Bill Haley and His Comets play the first rock ‘n’ roll concert in Germany, drawing 7,000 fans.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: I got a bird that whistles, I got a bird that sings
October 25, 1964
The Rolling Stones appear for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show from New York, performing Around And Around and Time Is On My Side. A riot breaks out in the studio, prompting Sullivan’s infamous quote, “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show again.” The Rolling Stones then make a further five appearances on Sullivan’s show between 1965 and 1969.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Look how much I’ve gained