Good Morning, Music Lovers Across the Globe! We’re trying to liven up your day beyond just playing great music! Today we’re starting the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. There’s no tuition, and I am your professor, just as I am your programmer, researcher, music director, blog writer, and all-around music lover.
Here’s today’s lesson in Rock Music History:
November 12, 1955: Fats Domino sits atop the R & B charts for the third week with his hit All By Myself.
November 12, 1957: Johnny Cash records Ballad of a Teenage Queen at Sun Studios in Memphis. The song will go to #1 on the Billboard Country charts in February of 1958.
November 12, 1962: The Beatles appeared at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, sharing the bill with none other than Little Richard.
November 12, 1965: The Velvet Underground makes its debut when it performs live at Summit High School in New Jersey. Fun fact: The band took its name from a paperback book about a secret sexual subculture in the early sixties.
November 12, 1966: Donovan’s Mellow Yellow is released. The song will go to #8 on the UK charts and to #2 in the U.S. It was originally believed that the song was about smoking banana leaves, which was rumored to be hallucinogenic. (Trust me. We tried it. It isn’t.) Later, Donovan would say that it was written about his bout with jaundice in 1966. I prefer the banana leaves story.
November 12, 1967: Jerry Lee Lewis records To Make Love Sweeter For You, which tops the Country charts in the U.S.
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