This Week in Music History (November 13th-19th)

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11/13- On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones’ single “Little Red Rooster” was released by Decca Records. The single, which had previously been recorded by Sam Cooke, was a No.1 hit in the UK—the only time a blues song has ever topped the UK pop chart.

11/14- On this day in 1960, Ray Charles shot to No.1 on the United States singles chart with his track “Georgia on My Mind”. The song became the first of three No.1 hits for Charles.

11/15- On this day in 1966, The Doors signed with Elektra Records in a deal to produce seven albums. The band agreed to release “Break on Through” as its first single, but was forced to edit the lyrics to secure radio play.

11/16- On this day in 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience went No.1 on the US album chart with Electric Ladyland. The album included popular tracks like “Crosstown Traffic” and “All Along the Watchtower”.

11/17- On this day in 1973, The Who’s famous double album Quadrophenia peaked at No.2 on the UK album charts. Along with 1969’s Tommy, Quadrophenia was one of two full-scale rock operas released by the band.

11/18- On this day in 1978, Billy Joel rose to No.1 on the US album chart with 52nd Street, his sixth studio album. It was Joel’s first album to top the Billboard charts and would go on to earn him two Grammys. On October 1, 1982, the album became the first to be commercially released on compact disc by Sony Music Entertainment.

11/19- On this day in 1955, Carl Perkins recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The classic track became a No.2 hit on the US charts for Perkins in 1956, and went on to be covered by artists like Elvis Presley.

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This Week in Music History (June 19th-25th)

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8078-large6/19- On this day in 1988, Michael Jackson played a concert next to the Berlin Wall, on the west side. He pumped the music way up so that people on the east side could hear. Any east sider who tried to get close to the wall to listen was violently kept back by police.

13335-large6/20- On this day in 1974, Bob Dylan & the Band released Before the Flood, a double live album with final recordings taken from Los Angeles and New York shows.

MI00029147286/21- On this day in 1991, Little Richard received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The “overjoyed force of personality in his singing” is one that is easily recognized in tunes like “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Tutti Frutti”.

20864-large6/22- On this day in 1990, Billy Joel performed an epic concert at the old Yankee Stadium. It’s been claimed that this was the first major concert in the stadium’s history. 60,000 fans were in attendance, which was more than the seating capacity of baseball games at that time.

102505-large6/23- On this day in 1929, June Carter Cash was born. Performing with her family from a young age, she was already a country music star. Her success continued throughout her entire life, including the 35 years she was married to Johnny Cash.

40960-large6/24- On this day in 1977, some quirky stuff went down in Madison. Elvis was in town for a show, and he spotted a fight between some young men when he was riding down East Washington avenue. After getting out of his limo, he allegedly warned the men, saying, “I’ll take you on.” Not only did this make the men stop fighting, but it left them amazed to have spotted Elvis.

222995-large6/25- On this day in 2009, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away at age 50. His music will forever influence genres from pop/rock to rap and R&B, and many more.

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