A very busy day, November 23rd, a star being arrested at Graceland, a huge band rejected and a school choir on a massive record, let’s take a look back at today in music history.
Kicking off in 1956, when a metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife’s love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.
1962, The Beatles travelled to St. James’ Church Hall, London, for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite “thumbs-down” letter from the BBC.
1974, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 album with ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll’. The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at No.2 in the UK.
1975, Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody. The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.
1976, Ten hours after his last arrest, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested again after brandishing a gun outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s home demanding to see the ‘King’. When police arrived they found Lewis sat in his car with the loaded pistol resting on his knee.
1979, Pink Floyd released ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ which rapidly topped the charts in the UK, followed by the US and a further 9 countries.
2008, 15 years after their last album, Guns N’ Roses released Chinese Democracy in the US. Nine years previously, Geffen Records had reportedly paid Axl Rose $1 million to finish the album, with a further $1 million if he handed it in to them by March 1, 1999.
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