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Rock and Roll History Nov 13

Rock and Roll Minute November 13th

 

On this date in 1965, James Brown hit the charts with “I Got You (I Feel Good)”.  At the time Brown went by the nicknames “Soul Brother Number One”, “The Godfather of Soul”, “Mr. Dynamite” and “The Hardest Working Man in Show business”.  Brown had almost as many nicknames as he did hit records.  Over his career he scored 45 top forty records and “I Got You (I Feel Good)” was his biggest hit until 1986 when “Living in America” from the soundtrack to Rocky Four went to number one. He died suddenly on Christmas Day 2 years ago, but his soul lives on.

On this date, 40 years ago in  November 13th  in 1968, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones bought Cotchford Farms in Sussex, England. That was the farm where author A.A. Milne wrote the Winnie the Pooh books and the farm was populated with statues of the famous characters from those stories. Here’s one of the Stones hits from that year.

 

 

It was on this date 1954 when Billboard Magazine reported that the most popular artists at the time were Perry Como, Patti Page, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day.  One year later, in 1955 all that started to change as rock and roll moved to the forefront of the music industry.

And on this date in 1967, Samuel Moore and David Prater’s biggest hit peaked on the charts.  Simply recorded under the names Sam and Dave, their single “Soul Man” reached number one on the R and B chart and number two on the pop chart.  Sam and Dave found great success in the 60’s with hits like “Hold On I’m Comin”, “I Thank You” and others.  The song “Soul Man” was revived by the Blues Brothers in 1979 from their hit album “Briefcase Full of Blues” peaking at number 14 on the charts.