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Surely to the sea

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

December 11, 1961

elvis_presley-54661e739c533-lElvis Presley starts a 20-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Blue Hawaii, his seventh U.S. #1 LP. It includes his spectacular Can’t Help Falling in Love.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: All day long they’re saying



Sleigh bells in the snow

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

December 2, 1957

Elvis ChristmasAl Priddy, a DJ on US radio station KEX in Portland, is fired after playing Elvis Presley’s version of White Christmas. The station management says, “It’s not in the spirit we associate with Christmas.” This makes national headlines — Priddy even plays a tape recording of his firing-by-phone as he signs off. After public protests of the firing, Priddy is “hired back.” Years later, the “firing” is exposed as a publicity stunt to promote the station. Elvis’ Christmas album is controversial, and savvy KEX takes advantage.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Honest you doYou hardly talk to me anymore

I hear you singin’ in the wire

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 30, 1968

220px-WichitalinemansingleGlen Campbell starts a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. chart with Wichita Lineman. Jimmy Webb’s inspiration for the lyrics comes while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb is driving past telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he notices the s.ilhouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Blood’s thicker than the mud


Does anyone even try?

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 28, 1970

Dylan_New_Morning_frontBob Dylan’s 11th studio album New Morning is #1 on U.K. charts, his sixth U.K. chart-topper. One obscure gem on this album is Three Angels. There’s no good version of the original online, so here’s a decent cover:

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?


It won’t take long

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 27, 1970

GHATMPGeorge Harrison releases All Things Must Pass, which includes the hit singles My Sweet Lord and What Is Life, as well as songs such as Isn’t It a Pity and the title track that had been turned down for inclusion on releases by the Beatles. The triple album is certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best-selling album by a solo Beatle.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Footprints dressed in red


When the lights have lost their glow

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 26, 1958

Johnny CashJohnny Cash enters the country charts with Cry! Cry! Cry! which peaks at #14. His next 10 singles all make the country top ten, including I Walk the Line and There You Go.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: You know there’s always rain in my heart