Today in Rock & Roll History: November 16th

1964: The Animals recorded “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” which had been first recorded by Nina Simone earlier that year. The song later became the group’s third top 10 hit in the UK, reaching #3, and peaked at #15 in the US and #4 in Canada.

1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s third and final album, Electric Ladyland hit #1 on the Billboard pop chart. The double album was the group’s only studio LP to reach the top of an American chart.

1968: Led Zeppelin signed to the Atlantic Records label with a reported $200,000 advance—a monumental sum at the time.

1973: David Bowie’s first UK TV special The 1980 Floor Show aired on NBC as an episode of The Midnight Special, both as a promotional tool for his Pin Ups album and to further break into the American market. It was Bowie’s last performance as the Ziggy Stardust persona with The Spiders From Mars. The show was a lavish stage production filmed over three days at The Marquee Club in London’s Soho in front of members of Bowie’s fan club with additional performances by guests that included singer Marianne Faithful and the Troggs.

1974: John Lennon’s fifth studio LP, Walls and Bridges, became his second solo album to got to #1 on the Billboard pop chart.

1974: John Lennon hit #1 on the Billboard hot 100 with the lead single from his Walls and Bridges album, “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.” Lennon had been the last member of the Beatles to achieve a #1 single in America and the record was his only song to top the US charts during his lifetime. Lennon was joined in the studio by Elton John, who features on harmony vocals and piano. Lennon was skeptical that the song would be a hit and promised John that he’d appear on stage at one of John’s performances if the single reached #1. After the record achieved the feat, Lennon appeared at John’s Thanksgiving performance at Madison Square Garden less than two weeks later. It was Lennon’s last major concert appearance.

1974: “Boogie On Reggae Woman” by Stevie Wonder entered the Billboard Hot 100, eventually rising to #3. The single also spent two weeks at the top of the R&B chart.

1993: “All For Love” by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting was released as a single in the US. Recorded for the motion picture soundtrack to The Three Musketeers, the song became a worldwide hit, reaching #1 across Europe, Australia, and North America.

1996: The Beatles topped the Billboard pop album chart with Anthology 3, the third in a trilogy of compilation albums that included rarities and alternative tracks from the band’s career. The album became the group’s third double album in a row to reach #1 on the US charts, equalling a record set by Donna Summer in the 1970s.

Birthdays Today

Herb Abramson, record producer and co-founder of Atlantic Records, was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1916.

Hubert Sumlin, Chicago blues guitarist and singer, was born in Greenwood, MS in 1931.

Bob Gibson, folk singer and a key figure in the folk music revival in the late 1950s and early 1960s whose songs have been recorded by numerous groups, including the Limeliters, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, the Byrds, the Smothers Brothers, Phil Ochs, and the Kingston Trio, was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931.

Troy Seals, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, whose compositions have been recorded by artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr., Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Levon Helm, and Jerry Lee Lewis and has played guitar on numerous sessions for recording stars and has collaborated on compositions with Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Will Jennings and others, was born in Bighill, KY in 1938.

John Ryanes, bass vocalist for the Monotones, was born in Newark, NJ in 1940.

Dan Penn, singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer who co-wrote many soul hits of the 1960s, was born Wallace Daniel Pennington in Vernon, AL in 1941.

Chi Coltrane, singer and pianist, was born in Racine, WI in 1948.

Pattie Santos, original female vocalist for It’s A Beautiful Day, was born in San Francisco, CA in 1949.

Harry Rushakoff, session musician and drummer for Concrete Blonde, was born in Chicago, IL in 1958.

Diana Krall, jazz pianist and singer, was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada in 1964.