This Week in Rock and Roll History, November 24 – 30
It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s what happened this week in Boss rock n’ roll history.
1968: Diana Ross and The Supremes were at No. 1 with “Love Child,” their 11th No. 1 in the U.S.; this song knocked and kept “Hey Jude” off the top spot. 2006: Winners at the American Music Awards included Kelly Clarkson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Jamie Foxx, Nickelback, Sean Paul, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Mary J. Blige.
1984: The cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London, to record the historic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The single, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, went on to sell over three million copies in the UK and raised over $13.6 million worldwide. Born today: Percy Sledge.
1958: Johnny Cash made his debut on the U.S. country chart when “Cry! Cry! Cry!” made it to number 14. 1988: Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took into space a cassette of the latest Pink Floyd album, “Delicate Sound Of Thunder,” and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space.
2014: Taylor Swift was at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with her fifth studio album, “1989;” it became the best-selling album of 2014 in the U.S. The album has now sold over 9 million copies worldwide. Born today: Jimi Hendrix.
1960: Elvis Presley started a six-week run at No. 1 with “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” his third U.S. No. 1 of 1960. 1974: John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Born today: Singer, songwriter, composer Randy Newman.
2009: The 48-year-old runner-up in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle, topped the U.S. charts, setting a first-week sales record for a female debut album with 701,000 copies of “I Dreamed a Dream” sold in its first week.
1982: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was released. It became the biggest selling pop album of all time, with sales over 66 million copies. 1996: American singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”