Today in Rock & Roll History: November 28th

1960: “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley started six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Originally recorded by Charles Hart in 1927, the song had been a favorite of the wife of Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who recommended it to Presley. Presley’s version also managed to reach #3 on the R&B chart.

1964: The Shangri-Las’ biggest and only #1 hit, “Leader of the Pack,” hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

1964: Marianne Faithfull’s first hit single, “As Tears Go By,” debuted on Billboard Hot 100, later peaking at #22 as well as #9 on the British chart. It was one of the first songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, along with their manager Andrew Loog Oldham, but the Stones themselves didn’t release a recording of the song until December of 1965.

1964: The Kinks’ first hit, “You Really Got Me,” peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US after hitting the top of the UK chart for two weeks in September.

1966: After two weeks on chart, Cream had their second UK top 40 hit with “I Feel Free,” which later peaked at #11. Producer Robert Stigwood had made the decision to omit the song from the band’s debut album and release it as a single instead.

1966: The sixth studio album by Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Spirit of ‘67, was released. Featuring hit singles such as “Hungry” and “Good Thing,” the album was the group’s last to reach the top 10 in the US.

1967: The Beatles fifth fan club Christmas record, “Christmas Time (Is Here Again),” was recorded and mixed. It was the group’s last Christmas disc to be recorded together at Abbey Road. In 1968 and 1969 each member’s contributions were recorded separately and later edited together.

1970: Dave Edmunds scored his only #1 single when his version of the Dave Bartholomew song “I Hear You Knocking,” originally recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1955, hit the top of the UK chart. The song was also Edmund’s most successful in the US, where it reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1970: “Your Song” by Elton John entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it eventually became his first hit single, reaching #8.

1970: Bobby Bloom’s only hit single, “Montego Bay,” peaked at #8 on Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached #3 in the UK and #7 in Australia.

1974: In the summer of 1974, after performing piano and backup vocals on John Lennon’s Walls and Bridges album, Elton John made a bet with Lennon that the album’s lead single, “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” would be Lennon’s first US #1 record. Lennon doubted it would, so he promised John he’d join him onstage at one of his shows if it did. That November, “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100, so Lennon fulfilled his promise and on Thanksgiving Day, joined John at Madison Square Garden to perform “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “I Saw Her Standing There” in what ended up being Lennon’s last major concert appearance.

Birthdays Today

Berry Gordy Jr., record producer, songwriter, and founder of Motown Records, was born in Detroit, MI in 1929.

Roy McCurdy, jazz drummer who played and recorded with Count Basie, Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Joe Williams, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Art Pepper, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and many others, was born in Rochester, NY in 1936.

Bruce Channel, singer-songwriter, was born in Jacksonville, TX in 1940.

Randy Newman, singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist, was born Randall Stuart Newman in Los Angeles, CA in 1943.

R.B. Greaves, R&B and soul singer, was born Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves III in Georgetown, Guyana in 1943.

Gary Taylor, bassist, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist for The Herd, was born Graham John Taylor in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England in 1947.

Beeb Birtles, singer, songwriter and guitarist, solo artist, and member of Zoot, Mississippi, the Little River Band, and Birtles Shorrock Goble, was born Gerard Bertelkamp in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1948.

Matt Cameron, drummer for Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, was born in San Diego, CA in 1962.