Yes, it’s Black Friday, but not here in The Mermaid Lounge. There isn’t a damned thing we want for here that we have to go out among the teeming, greedy masses to get it.
Here’s November 27th’s rock n’ roll history:
November 27, 1961: Patsy Cline’s version of Willie Nelson’s Crazy peaks at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be the biggest of her four records t cross over to the pop charts from the country charts (where it reached #2).
November 27, 1962: The Beatles recorded songs for the BBC in the UK for the first time ever. They sang Love Me Do, Twist and Shout, and P.S. I Love You at the BBC Paris Studio in London for a program called “Talent Spot.”
November 27, 1964: The Beatles appeared on the British television show called “Ready Steady Go.”
November 27, 1965: Marvin Gaye moved into the #1 slot on the R & B charts with Ain’t That Peculiar.
Also on this day, The Lovin’ Spoonful’s You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice entered the US record charts.
November 27, 1967: The Beatles released the album Magical Mystery Tour in the U.S. and Hello Goodbye as a single in the U.S. on the same day. If that isn’t enough, the B-side of Hello Goodbye, I Am The Walrus, will chart and be a hit as well.
Also on this day, Aretha Franklin released my favorite Aretha song, Chain of Fools.
November 27, 1968: Steppenwolf’s self-titled debut album is certified gold on this day.
November 27, 1969: All kinds of milestones will be reached at Madison Square Garden in New York on this day. The Rolling Stones perform a show that is recorded and later released on Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out. The Ike & Tina Revue opened for the Stones that evening, and Janis Joplin joined Tina on stage for a duet. And in the audience celebrating his 27th, and final, birthday was Jimi Hendrix.
November 27, 1970: George Harrison released his triple album entitled All Things Must Pass. The single release, My Sweet Lord, will be the first ex-Beatle solo effort to hit #1 in both the US and UK.
November 27, 1972: Carly Simon released the single, You’re So Vain.
November 27, 1976: Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life, which debuted at #1, remained at #1 for a seventh week.
November 27, 1979: The Eagles released the single, The Long Run.
November 27 1995: The Beatles set a rock-era record when Anthology 1 sells more than 1.2 million copies in its first week of release.
Born On This Day
November 27, 1934: Al Jackson of Booker T. & The MG’s is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
November 27, 1942: Jimi Hendrix is born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, Washington.
November 27, 1945: Randy Brecker, trumpeter and flugelhorn player for Blood, Sweat & Tears, is born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.
November 27, 1948: Dave Winthrop, sax player and flautist for Supertramp, is born.
And that’s Friday’s lesson from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. We are posting a bit early today as I’m on the run this morning, and we will be back with today’s programming shortly.