Clark Gable would have fell at your feet

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 12, 1983

Dylan InfidelsBob Dylan’s Infidels peaks at #9 on the U.K. chart. The album marks his return from the land of intense religiosity, where he had gone and left some of us behind. Infidels is his 22nd studio album and it is blessed. It is co-produced with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler. It has eight tracks, including Jokerman, Sweatheart Like You and Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight.

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You never do nothin’ to save your doggone soul

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 11, 1954

Bill Haley and His CometsBill Haley scores his first U.S. Top 10 single with his cover of Big Joe Turner’s Shake, Rattle and Roll. Haley has dropped his cowboy image while changing The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song becomes the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League.

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I didn’t sign up with you

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 10, 1973

GBYBRElton John starts an eight-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, his third U.S. #1. The album (among the working titles: Vodka and Tonics and Silent Movies, Talking Pictures) is his best-selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 million copies. Recorded at the Château d’Hérouville, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, Candle in the Wind, as well as three successful singles: Bennie and the Jets, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting and the title track.

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Oh, no, no, no

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 5, 1966

MonkeesThe 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.”

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All in the wonderful game

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 2, 1958

Tommy_EdwardsTommy Edwards is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with It’s All In The Game. It is written by Charles Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. It is the only #1 pop single to have been co-written by a U.S. vice president.

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