Today In Oldies Music History: November 1--
Births1926: Lou Donaldson
1936: Zeffrey "Andre" Williams
1937: "Whispering" Bill Anderson
1940: SSgt. Barry Sadler
1944: Chris Morris (Paper Lace)
1944: Mike Burney (Wizzard)
1945: Ric Grech (Blind Faith, Traffic)
1950: Dan Peek (America)
1951: Ronald "Kool" Bell (Kool and the Gang)
Deaths1995: Florence Greenberg
2004: Terry Knight
Events1894: Billboard Advertising, a trade publication dealing with all manner of billboard advertising and selling for a dime, begins publication. Within a few years, it will begin focusing on the entertainment shows advertised by billboards, and by the 1930s Billboard, as it has come to be known, is covering radio and sales of the new medium, juke box records.
1955: Macon, GA R&B favorites The Famous Flames enter local radio station WIBB to record a demo of their first song, "Please, Please, Please." The primitive scorcher, featuring lead singer James Brown pleading into a single microphone while standing on a Coca-Cola carton, would be rejected by several record labels before finally being picked up by Federal Records in Cincinnati.
1959: Ray Charles leaves his old label, Atlantic, for ABC-Paramount Records.
1959: Elvis Presley's current stint in the Army means that for the first time in nearly five years, no Elvis single resides on the Billboard charts.
1963: The Beatles begin their first headlining UK tour with two shows at the Odeon in Gloucestershire, England, earning 300 pounds a night. Opening acts include The Rhythm and Blues Quartet, The Vernons Girls, Frank Berry, The Brook Brothers, Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers, and The Kestrels. The set list: "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me To You," "All My Loving," "You Really Got A Hold On Me," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Boys," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "Money," and "Twist And Shout." The full scream of Beatlemania makes it impossible to hear the music, but that doesn't stop girls from camping out for two days in advance for tickets.
1964: Yet another British Invasion band makes its US television debut on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show: The Dave Clark Five, whose clean-cut image visibly relieves the host, who is still suffering from the Stones riot of a few days' earlier. After the band plays "Glad All Over," Ed goes out of his way to tag them as "nice, neat boys."
1964: The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour in London.
1965: The Rolling Stones' concert in Rochester, NY, ends abruptly when 3,000 rabid fans storm the stage after just seven minutes. After three more attempts to resume the show, it's canceled by police, with only six songs having been played.
1970: ABBA, then known as the Festfolk Quartet, play their first-ever concert at a Gothenburg, Sweden restaurant.
1975: Due to lead singer Karen Carpenter's struggle with anorexia, the Carpenters are forced to cancel their upcoming European tour.
1979: Bob Dylan debuts the songs from his new album, a Christian polemic called Slow Train Coming, on the first night of his new tour in San Francisco, CA. A shocked audience boos the new material throughout the set.
1991: After having a cancerous lung removed, former Temptation Eddie Kendricks is released from an Atlanta hospital.
Releases1968: George Harrison, Wonderwall Music
Recording1960: The Everly Brothers, "Temptation"
1963: Lorne Greene, "Ringo"
1968: The Beatles, "Hello Goodbye"
Charts1969: Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" hits #1
1975: Elton John's "Island Girl" hits #1