Today in Rock & Roll History: November 7th

1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ started a three-week run at the top of the UK chart with their first hit single, “That’ll Be the Day.”

1959: Smokey Robinson married Miracles member Claudette Rogers, the inspiration for Robinson’s song “My Girl,” which was made famous by the Temptations in 1964. Produced by Robinson, it was the Temptation’s first #1 record.

1963: The Beatles made their only visit to Ireland as a group, performing two shows in Dublin at the Adelphi Cinema.

1969: The Rolling Stones opened their first US tour in three years at Colorado State University with new guitarist, Mick Taylor.

1969: “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin was released as a single exclusively in the US by Atlantic Records. Atlantic initially released the album version of the song, but soon after issued a shorter, edited version to earn more radio airplay. It became the band’s first hit in America, peaking at #4 on the pop charts, and was certified gold by the spring of 1970. To celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary in 1997, the song was released as the band’s first UK single.

1970: “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” the third single from Chicago’s debut album, entered the Billboard Hot 100. The song peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Cash Box chart.

1975: Elton John’s tenth studio album, Rock of the Westies, debuted at #1 on the Billboard pop chart.

1981: Daryl Hall and John Oates achieved their third US #1 single with “Private Eyes,” the title track from their tenth album. Over the next three years they had three more chart-topping songs.

1983: Yes released their eleventh album, 90125. After disbanding two years earlier, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White formed the group Cinema with guitarist and singer-songwriter Trevor Rabin, original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, and former Yes singer Trevor Horn as their producer. After Yes singer Jon Anderson accepted the invitation to record lead vocals during the album’s mixing stage, the band’s name was changed from Cinema to Yes. 90125 became the group’s seventh and final top 10 LP in the US, reaching #5.

2003: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd was named a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

2014: The fifteenth and final studio album by Pink Floyd, The Endless River, was released. The group’s third album led by David Gilmour, it consists almost entirely of instrumental and ambient music based on material written, recorded, and produced with keyboardist Richard Wright during sessions for their previous album, The Division Bell, released in 1994.

Birthdays Today

Al Hirt, trumpeter and bandleader best known for his million-selling hit, “Java,” was born Alois Maxwell Hirt in New Orleans, LA in 1922.

Jimmie Haskell, composer and arranger for hundreds of popular artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Bobbie Gentry, Chicago, Rick Nelson, Bobby Darin, Steely Dan, and Sheryl Crow, was born Sheridan Pearlman in Brooklyn, NY in 1936.

Dee Clark, R&B and soul singer, was born Delectus Clark in Blytheville, AR in 1938.

Johnny Rivers, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, was born John Henry Ramistella in New York City in 1942.

Joni Mitchell, singer-songwriter, was born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada in 1943.

Liam Ó Maonlaí, vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist, and co-founder of Hothouse Flowers, was born in Monkstown, Ireland in 1964.