Today in Rock & Roll History: November 4th

1957: “Jailhouse Rock” became Elvis Presley’s ninth #1 hit over the last year and a half.

1957: After leaving the Dominoes, Jackie Wilson debuted on the US singles charts as a solo artist with “Reet Petite”.

1961: Bob Dylan had his Carnegie Hall debut, performing for an audience of 53 fans.

1965: The Rolling Stones scored their fifth UK #1 single with “Get Off Of My Cloud.”

1966: “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Picket was released. After Pickett finished his final take recording the song at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios, the tape suddenly flew off the reel and broke into pieces. Seasoned session engineer Tom Dowd calmly cleared the room and told everyone to come back in half an hour. Dowd then proceeded to hand-tape the reel back together and managed to save the recording.

1967: After initially failing to secure work permits in time for the first week of shows of their first US tour, Pink Floyd finally performed at San Francisco’s Winterland Auditorium.

1972: Eight weeks after entering the chart, “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash became his first #1 hit when it reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Two weeks later the song topped the Cash Box pop chart.

1978: The Talking Head’s cover of Al Greens’ “Take Me to the River” entered the Billboard Hot 100. Recorded with co-producer Brian Eno in Nassau, Bahamas, the single became the group’s first top 40 single, reaching #26 the following year.

1978: Linda Ronstadt’s ninth studio album, Living in the USA, reached #1 in the US. It was her third and last #1 on the Billboard chart and her sixth consecutive million-selling album.

1980: The Who recorded “You Better You Bet” during the sessions for their ninth studio LP and first with drummer Kenney Jones, Face Dances. It was the last single by the band to reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #18, and was their last single to hit the top 10 in the UK, where it reached #9.

1984: Prince kicked off his North American Purple Rain tour with his new band, the Revolution.

1988: After premiering in Ireland a week earlier, U2’s documentary concert film Rattle and Hum opened in the US.

1989: Elton John scored his 50th UK chart hit with “Sacrifice” when it entered the UK chart. After being re-released as a double A-side single along with “Healing Hands” in 1990, the single became his first solo chart-topper in the UK.

Birthdays Today

Harry Elston, co-founder of the Friends of Distinction, was born in Dallas, TX in 1938.

Delbert McClinton, singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist, was born in Lubbock, TX in 1940.

Alan Munde, banjo player, bluegrass musician, and member of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Country Gazette, was born in Norman, OK in 1946.

Mike Smith, tenor saxophonist for Amen Corner, was born in Neath, South Wales in 1947.

Chris Difford, singer, guitarist, lyricist, and co-founder of Squeeze, was born in Greenwich, London, England in 1954.

James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of the band The Pretenders, was born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England in 1956.

Noel McCalla, lead vocalist of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band from 1991-2009, was born in London, England in 1956.