Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching. November 1st in Music History looks like this.
1968, when George Harrison released his first solo album, ‘Wonderwall Music’ on the Apple label. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees.
1969, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Suspicious Minds’, his 18th US No.1 single. A No.2 hit in the UK.
1970, Matthews Southern Comfort were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Joni Mitchell song ‘Woodstock’. The group’s only UK No.1 hit.
1990, American session musician and arranger Ray Pohlman died of heart failure at the age of 60. He is credited with being the first electric bass player in Los Angeles studios in the 1950s. He was a member of The Wrecking Crew, who recorded with Phil Spector and The Beach Boys. Do yourself a favour and checkout ‘The Wrecking Crew’ on Netflix. * Every song you’ve ever heard, these guys have played on! (*Not quite every song!)
2012, Metal Hammer magazine published a list of the “Top ten rock and heavy metal moustaches…Ever”. The list which included moustaches worn by the likes of Frank Zappa, all the members of Black Sabbath, (except Ozzy Osbourne). James Hetfield, and Lemmy placed Freddie Mercury at the top of the list.
Happy Birthday Anthony Kiedis of RHCP & Rick Allen of Def Leppard
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