November 4

1943 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Paper Doll by The Mills Brothers

1957 : Jackie Wilson made his US chart debut with ‘Reet Petite’, (it made No.1 in the UK in 1986, 29 years after its first release).

1958 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: It’s Only Make Believe by Conway Twitty

1961 : Cliff Richard scored his first UK No.1 album with his 5th release ’21 Today’. The album was released on October 14, 1961, the exact date of Cliff Richard’s 21st birthday. Side 1 of the album contained rock tunes while side 2 consisted of ballads.

1963 : The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark ‘In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewellery’. The show was broadcast on UK television on the Nov 10th 1963.

1963 : The night after The Rolling Stones had just come off a 30-date UK tour with The Everly Brothers, they kicked off another 50-date UK club tour at the Top Rank Ballroom in Preston.

1965 : The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, also a No.1 in the US.

1966 : The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’, entered the UK chart, it went on to be a UK & US No.1 hit single. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song. More On The Beach Boys

1968 : Pink Floyd recorded ‘Point Me At The Sky’ and ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’ at Abbey Road Studios, London.

1968 : Cream perform their last US concert (in Providence, Rhode Island) prior to their breakup.

1969 : Founder member of The Ink Spots, Ivory Watson died aged 60. The group who formed in the early 1930s in Indianapolis, had the 1939 US hit ‘If I Didn’t Care’, and ‘The Gypsy’ was their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 position for 13 weeks.

1971 : Mott the Hoople’s “The Moon Upstairs” is broadcast on Sounds Of The Seventies. Hunter’s vocal expletive in the final line is replaced by a humorous cough.

1971 : The Who opened up The Rainbow Finsbury Park, London, England appearing on the first of three nights.

1972 : Johnny Nash started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, his only US chart topper, it made No.5 in the UK.

1976 : A bomb threat delays the start of Bruce Springsteen’s concert at the Palladium in New York; Springsteen jokes that the threat was made by former manager Mike Appel, who’s currently suing him.

1977 : The Mystery Girls, featuring Pete Burns, Julian Cope and Pete Wylie appeared at Eric’s, Liverpool, England.

1977 : The Last Waltz, the movie of The Bands final concert premiered in New York. The Martin Scorsese movie also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton.

1978 : Boston plays in the city of Boston for the first time, a sold-out show at the Boston Garden.

1978 : Crosby Stills Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over a $1 million claiming he was owed from sales of their album ‘Deja Vu’.

1978 : Anne Murray’s You Needed Me hits #1

1978 : Van Morrison is the musical guest on tonight’s episode of NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live, performing “Wavelength” and “Kingdom Hall.”

1978 : Linda Ronstadt’s LP Living In The USA hits #1

1980 : Bob Marley was baptized at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Kingston, converting to a Christian Rastafarian and taking on the new name Berhane Selassie.

1984 : Prince played the first of seven nights at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan at the start of his 87-date North American Purple Rain tour. The outing marked the live debut of his new band The Revolution.

1987 : U2 were on the front cover of UK pop magazine ‘Smash Hits’, which also had features on the Pet Shop Boys, Wet Wet Wet, T’Pau, Sting and Black. Reviewed in the new singles page The Smiths ‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish’.

1988 : The U2 documentary Rattle And Hum opens worldwide.

1989 : Elton John scored his 50th UK chart hit when ‘Sacrifice’, entered the charts. Only Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley had also achieved this feat. Sacrifice was initially released as a single in 1989, but stalled at No.55 in the UK and at No.18 in the US. English DJ, Steve Wright, began playing the song on BBC Radio 1, and the song was then re-released as a double A-side single, along with ‘Healing Hands’.

1990 : The musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.

1991 : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 7th class of inductees, including Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. & the MG’s, Sam & Dave, The Yardbirds, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, and Bobby “Blue” Bland.

1992 : Elton John and Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million songwriting deal with publishing giant Warner/Chappell, the largest such deal up to that time.

1993 : Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore was arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down the volume of his music in his room.

1994 : Dick Dale, riding a wave of Surf-Rock revival, appears on The Late Show with David Letterman.

1995 : Michael Jackson premieres his new single Earth Song on the German celebrity game show Wanna Bet?

1997 : Capitol Records releases the four-disc set The Pet Sounds Sessions, chronicling the creation of The Beach Boys’ classic 1966 LP. It contains, in addition to a remastered version of the original album, as well as outtakes, unreleased tracks, and a capella tracks.

1998 : Fall singer Mark E Smith appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court on assault charges accused of kicking, punching and choking his girlfriend and band keyboard player Julia Nagle at a New York Hotel.

1998, : asis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after an alleged drunken brawl with photographer Mel Bouzac at a London pub. Bouzac had been tipped off that Liam was in the pub wearing a Russian hat and attempted to take photos.

2001 : The Times newspaper published the ‘Rich List’ with Madonna being the highest earning woman in Britain grossing £30m, all the Spice Girls had dropped out of the listings except for Victoria Beckham. Paul McCartney had earned £20.5m during the year.

2001 : Michael Jackson proves that he’s “Invincible” in the U.K. as his Epic album Invincible goes straight to the top of the country’s album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a solo artist.

2002 : Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin received the Music Industry Trusts Award for one of the greatest songwriting partnerships of all time.

2007 : The Eagles went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the first time ever – 33 years after their debut album On the Border. This was the group’s first full studio album since The Long Run in 1979.

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