Yes, it’s another Monday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’re just full of information for you. November 16 is certainly a busy day in music history.
Here’s today’s lesson in musical history:
November 16, 1948: Chi Coltrane, pianist, singer and composer, is born. She’s best known for the great fucking songs Thunder & Lightning and Go Like Elijah.
November 16, 1957: The birthplace of British Rock n’ Roll is firmly established when the BBC broadcasts it’s first pop show, The Six Five Special, from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London.
November 16, 1964: The Animals record Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.
November 16, 1965: George Martin puts together the final song order on the Beatles’ brilliant. Rubber Soul album.
November 16, 1966: The Temptations release their Greatest Hits album which become’s Billboard’s Album of the Year in 1967.
November 16, 1968: Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience goes to #1.
One the same date, B.J. Thomas releases Hooked On a Feeling.
November 16, 1973: John Lennon releases the Mind Games album.
November 16, 1974: John Lennon’s Whatever Gets You Through The Night hits #1, the only number one single he has in his solo career. Let me just say it now: The song was a collaboration with Elton John, who guaranteed it would go to number one. It is probably because of that fact that the song went to number one. While I like the song enough, I’m glad Lennon didn’t make a career out of trite, pop songs.
One the same day, Stevie Wonder’s Boogie On Reggae Woman is released.
That’s today’s lesson from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. We will see you in a while for the daily line-up and we’ll be back tomorrow with some more useless, yet musically informative information.