It’s one pistol of a day at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge! We have got a lot of musical news for your history lesson today. I don’t know how we could possibly put anybody but The Beatles in the main photo today. You’ll see why.
Here’s today’s musical historical happenings:
November 22, 1957: Two sixteen-year-olds named Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel appeared on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand as Tom & Jerry where they sang Hey Schoolgirl. The rest, as they say, is history.
November 22, 1961: Bob Dylan completes the recording of his debut album.
November 22, 1963: The Beatles release their second album in the UK called With The Beatles. It knocked their debut album out of the #1 spot, and then proceeded to give The Beatles 51 consecutive weeks at the #1 position on the UK Album Charts.
November 22, 1965: Stevie Wonder releases his hit Uptight (Everything’s Alright).
November 22, 1967: George Harrison begins recording the soundtrack to the movie Wonderwall.
November 22, 1968: The Beatles release their self-titled double album set called The Beatles. It becomes better known as The White Album.
November 22, 1969: The Beatles sit atop the album charts with the spectacular Abbey Road.
November 22, 1981: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods of The Rolling Stones join Muddy Waters on stage at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago.
November 22, 1983: The Pretenders release their great single, Middle of The Road.
November 22, 1986: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble launch their 149-date American and European tour at the Towson Center in Towson, MD.
November 22, 1988: Pink Floyd released their live album, The Delicate Sound of Thunder.
November 22, 1990: Freddie Mercury of Queen issues a public statement confirming the rumor that he has AIDS. He passes away on November 24, 1991 from the illness.
November 22, 2010: After just one week of availability on ITunes, The Beatles’ music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs.
November 22, 2010: The Beatles (aka, The White Album) returns to the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart after its 50th anniversary reissue on November 9.
Born on This Day
November 22, 1943: Floyd Sneed, drummer for Three Dog Night, is born in Calgary, Ontario, Canada.
November 22, 1944: Jesse Colin Young, lead singer and bassist for The Youngbloods, is born in Manhattan.
November 22, 1946: Bass Guitarist Aston “Family Man” Barrett of Bob Marley & The Wailers is born in Kingston, Jamaica. Seems the nickname “Family Man” was a good one. He is reported to have fathered 41 children.
November 22, 1950: Steven Van Zandt (aka, Little Steven), songwriter, guitarist, arranger and producer with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is born in Winthrop, MA.
Tina Weymouth, founding member and bass player with Talking Heads, is born in Coronado, CA.
November 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy is shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. His death inspires many songs, including The Beach Boys’ Warmth of the Sun, and Bob Dylan’s 2020 release, Murder Most Foul. We will play Murder Most Foul this evening at 10:00 p.m.
And that is it for Sunday at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. Stay tuned for today’s line-up!