Steve Kline Ages of Rock
December 11, 1961
ALSO ON THIS DAY: All day long they’re saying
December 2, 1957
Al 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.
November 30, 1968
Glen 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
November 28, 1970
Bob 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?
November 27, 1970
George 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