11/11/2017

Jason White

November 11th 1973, Born on this day, American musician Jason White, lead guitarist. He was a touring member of Green Day from 1999 until 2012 and played lead guitar in the majority of their live shows. During late 2012 he became an official member of the band, with Green Day becoming a four-piece group.

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Chris Dreja

November 11th 1946, Born on this day, Chris Dreja, guitar, The Yardbirds, (1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single 'For Your Love').

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Chris Rea

November 11th 1989, Chris Rea started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Road To Hell.' The iconic album cover features art by the English artist, Adrian Chesterman who was also responsible for creating cover art for, amongst others, Motörhead for their 1979 'Bomber' album.

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The Smashing Pumpkins

November 11th 1995, The Smashing Pumpkins double album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' went to No.1 on the US chart.

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The Cars

November 11th 1978, The Cars released 'My Best Friend's Girl', the first picture-disc single commercially available, which went on to be a No.3 hit on the UK charts.

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Gilbert O'Sullivan

November 11th 1972, Gilbert O'Sullivan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Clair', the singers first of two UK No.1's. The Irish singer songwriter would dress as a 1920s worker in flat cap, braces and baggy trousers.

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Berry Oakley

November 11th 1972, The Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old.

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The Beatles

November 11th 1965, The final recording session for The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me’ and John's ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. Rubber Soul was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3 in the UK and December 6 in the US.

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Bill Haley

November 11th 1954, Bill Haley scored his first US Top ten single with 'Shake Rattle And Roll'. He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner.

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The Doors.

11th Nov 1969, The FBI in Phoenix, Arizona arrested Jim Morrison for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer who was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with actor Tom Baker had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses. The pair spent the night in jail and were released on $2,500 bail. 

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10/11/2017

Greg Lake

November 10th 1948, Born on this day, Greg Lake, King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer. (1977 UK No.2 single 'Fanfare For The Common Man'), solo, (1975 UK No.2 single 'I Believe In Father Christmas'). Lake died on 7th Dec 2016 after a battle with cancer.

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Elton John.

10th Nov 1973, Elton John started a eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', the singers third US No.1. The album which had the working titles of Vodka and Tonics and Silent Movies, Talking Pictures, is his best selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 million copies. Recorded at the Château d'Hérouville, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, 'Candle in the Wind', as well as three successful singles: 'Bennie and the Jets', 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' and the title track

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Elvis Presley.

10th Nov 1955, Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee. Back at his hotel Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called 'Heartbreak Hotel'. Presley released the track as a single on January 27, 1956, his first on his new record label RCA Victor. The song gave him his his first No.1 one pop record. 

 
 

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Eagles

November 10th 1979, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Heartache Tonight', the group's 5th and final US No.1. It made No.40 in the UK.

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Fleetwood Mac

November 10th 1979, Fleetwood Mac scored their second UK No.1 album with the double set 'Tusk', the 12th album by the British/American rock band.

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The Beatles

November 10th 1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their Sgt. Pepperuniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.

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Elvis Presley

November 10th 1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'His Latest Flame/Little Sister.' The singers ninth UK No.1.

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09/11/2017

Chaka Khan

10th Nov 1984, Former Rufus singer Chaka Khan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Feel For You.' Written by Prince, the song featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the Rap was by Grandmaster Melle Mel. The repetition of Khan's name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin, who then decided to keep it.

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The Eagles

Take It To The Limit

 

The Eagles formed in Los Angeles in 1971, drummer Don Henley had migrated west from Texas with his band, Shiloh, (and was living at the home of fellow Texan Kenny Rogers); guitarist Glenn Frey was a rocker from Detroit who headed to Los Angeles, where he befriended fellow musicians Jackson Browne and John David Souther. Bernie Leadon had a bluegrass background (The Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, Dillard & Clark), and later the Flying Burrito Brothers with ex-Byrd, Gram Parsons. Bassist and high-harmony singer Randy Meisner had worked with Rick Nelson, James Taylor and Poco.

After working together on Linda Ronstadt’s on her eponymous album they went off on their own, honing the repertoire of songs that would appear on their debut album, which was recorded in England in 1972 with producer Glyn Johns.

Bernie Leadon first suggested the name of the band during a peyote and tequila-influenced group outing in the Mojave Desert, when he recalled reading about the Hopis' reverence for the eagle.

 

The first single and lead track, "Take It Easy", was a song written by Frey with his then-neighbour, Jackson Browne. Browne had written the majority of the song, up until the line "I'm standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona", where he became stuck. Frey added the next line "It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford" and Browne carried on to finish the song. When released the song reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the start of a succession of hit singles; "Witchy Woman", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Best of My Love", "One of These Nights", "Lyin' Eyes" and the bands signature tune "Hotel California".

They released four consecutive Number One albums between 1975 and 1979: One of These Nights, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Hotel California and The Long Run. Collectively, those four albums topped Billboard’s album chart for 27 weeks.

Former James Gang leader, Joe Walsh joined the Eagles in 1975 as the group's keyboardist and guitarist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band. After leaving The James Gang, Walsh had seen success as a solo artist with his debut album The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get and solo hits included "Rocky Mountain Way", and "Life's Been Good".

Timothy B. Schmit joined the Eagles after the Hotel California tour, replacing Randy Meisner on bass/vocals after Meisner quit. As well as being a member of Poco, Schmit was an in demand session player working with Steely Dan on Pretzel Logic, The Royal Scam and Aja. Schmit also sang backing vocals on "Never Let Her Slip Away", a top 5 UK hit for Andrew Gold in 1978.

By 1980, the Eagles were the biggest band in America, but their success took a horrible toll on the group. Don Henley and Glenn Frey were intense and driven men, and original members Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner had already quit because the atmosphere had become toxic. Joe Walsh was often too drunk and stoned to complain about his lack of control by this point. The band broke up in 1980, following a difficult tour and personal tensions that arose during the recording of The Long Run.

 

Things came to a head on July 31, 1980, in Long Beach, California, when tempers boiled over into what has been described as the "Long Night at Wrong Beach". The animosity between Felder and Frey boiled over. Frey and Felder spent the entire show telling each other about the beating each planned to administer backstage. "Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal", Frey recalls Felder telling him near the end of the band's set. Felder recalls Frey telling him during "Best of My Love", "I'm gonna kick your ass when we get off the stage."

During the 80’s various members (particularly Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh) launched or resumed successful solo careers. Walsh released a successful album in 1981, There Goes the Neighborhood and Henley achieved arguably the greatest commercial solo success of any former Eagle. In 1981, he sang a duet with Stevie Nicks, "Leather and Lace." In 1982, he released I Can't Stand Still, featuring the hit "Dirty Laundry." His next release, Building the Perfect Beast (1984), features the classic "The Boys of Summer". Henley's next album, The End of the Innocence (1989), was also a major success and includes "The End of the Innocence," "The Last Worthless Evening" and "The Heart of the Matter."

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ on-going influence inspired the renegade “new country” movement. When 13 of country music’s hottest acts recorded the tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles in 1993, its triple-platinum success helped trigger an Eagles reunion a year later.

Country star Travis Tritt insisted on having the Long Run-era Eagles in his video for "Take It Easy" and they agreed. Following years of public speculation, the band formally reunited the following year with Frey, Henley, Walsh, Felder, and Schmit.

When released in 1994, the live album Hell Freezes Over (named for Henley's recurring statement that the group would get back together "when hell freezes over"), debuted at number 1 on the Billboard album chart. The group’s first best-of collection, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, is among the best-selling albums of all time, having sold more than 26 million copies.

In February 2013 the Eagles released a career spanning documentary called History of the Eagles and kicked off the supporting tour. Don Henley said that the tour, which would continue until 2015, "could very well be our last...

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Marianne Faithfull

   

 
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Artist Biography by Richie Unterberger

 

 

Sticky Fingers

Few stars of the '60s have reinvented themselves as successfully as Marianne Faithfull. Coaxed into a singing career by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1964, she had a big hit in both Britain and the U.S. with her debut single, the Jagger/Richards composition "As Tears Go By" (which prefaced the Stones' own version by a full year). Considerably more successful in her native land than the States, she had a series of hits in the mid-'60s that set her high, fragile voice against delicate orchestral pop arrangements: "Summer Night," "This Little Bird," and Jackie DeShannon's "Come and Stay with Me." Not a songwriter at the outset of her career, she owes more of her fame as a '60s icon to her extraordinary beauty and her long-running romance with Mick Jagger, although she offered a taste of things to come with her compelling 1969 single "Sister Morphine," which she co-wrote (and which the Stones later released themselves on Sticky Fingers).

 

Broken English

In the '70s, Faithfull split up with Jagger, developed a serious drug habit, and recorded rarely, with generally dismal results. This occurred until late 1979, when she pulled off an astonishing comeback with Broken English. Displaying a croaking, cutting voice that had lowered a good octave since the mid-'60s, Faithfull had also begun to write much of her own material, and addressed sex and despair with wrenching realism. After allowing herself to be framed as a demure chanteuse by songwriters and arrangers throughout most of her career, Faithfull had found her own voice, and suddenly sounded more relevant and contemporary than most of the stars she had rubbed shoulders with in the '60s. Faithfull's recordings in the '80s and '90s were sporadic and erratic, but generally quite interesting; Strange Weather, a Hal Willner-produced 1987 collection of standards and contemporary compositions that spanned several decades for its sources, was her greatest triumph of the decade. In 1994, she published her self-titled autobiography; the biography As Tears Go By by Mark Hodkinson is an objective and thorough account of her life and times.

 

Kissin' Time

Faithfull returned to recording in 2002 with Kissin' Time, an eclectic collection of songwriting collaborations with Beck, Damon Albarn, Billy Corgan, Jon Brion, and Jarvis Cocker, among others. In 2004, Before the Poison was released in the U.K., making its entrance into the U.S. market in early 2005. This album continued in the vein of its predecessor, with songwriting and production contributions from PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Brion, and Albarn, but with far more consistent results. Faithfull and Willner released Easy Come Easy Go in 2008, an all new collection of typically eclectic covers from the likes of Morrissey, the Decemberists, Billie Holiday, Black Rebel Motorcycle, and Dolly Parton. Faithfull and Willner re-teamed for 2011's Horses and High Heels, a collection of covers and originals recorded at the famed Piety Street studio in New Orleans. The album features the talents of local musicians including renowned guitarist John Porter, as well as cameos by Dr. John, Lou Reed, and Wayne Kramer.(AllMusic)



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