November 20, 1955
The song that changed popular music history, Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets, goes to #1 on the U.K. singles chart. This song is used under the opening credits to the movie Blackboard Jungle, and it will chart six more times by 1974.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: I didn’t feel so cold then
November 19, 1965
David Bowie and The Lower Third appear the Marquee Club in London.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Go cat go
November 18, 1978
Billy Joel is at #1 on the U.S. album chart with 52nd Street, his sixth studio album.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: The wind in the willow played
November 17, 2007
The Eagles are at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Long Road Out of Eden, their seventh studio album and the first since 1979.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: They left fully loaded for Cleveland
November 16, 1974
John Lennon is at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Whatever Gets You Through the Night.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: No reason to get excited
November 15, 1932
Born this day in Epsom, Surrey, England — Petula Clark.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: You did not desert me
November 14, 1960
Ray Charles goes to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Georgia on My Mind.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Pour your sweetness over me
November 13, 1964
Decca Records releases Little Red Rooster by The Rolling Stones. It is a cover of a song previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke. The Stones’ version goes to #1 in the U.K., still the only time a blues tune has been #1 on the U.K. chart.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Every gun makes its own tune
November 12, 1945
Born this day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Neil Young.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Clark Gable would have fell at your feet
November 11, 1978
The Cars release My Best Friend’s Girl, the first commercially available picture disc. It peaks at #3 in the U.K. and is a Top 40 hit in the U.S.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: You never do nothin’ to save your doggone soul