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Rock and Roll History Nov 14

Rock and Roll History November 14th

 

It was on this date in 1955 when the single “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets was re-issued in England where it charted for a second time.  That was only the second of five chart appearances for that song.  “Rock Around the Clock” last made the chart in 1974.

On this date in 1969 300,000 anti-war protesters descended on Washington, D.C. for a rally and at that rally they adopted the John Lennon classic “Give Peace a Chance” as their official song.

On this date in 1960 the Drifter’s saw their only number one song peak on the charts.  “Save the Last Dance For Me” finally did the trick for The Drifters who had over 30 different members over the years.  The group originally formed in 1953 around lead singer Clyde McPhatter.  The lead singer in 1960 when they reached the top was Ben E. King.  Also on this date in 1964 the Drifters last top 20 hit entered the charts.  That song was “Saturday Night at the Movies”.

 

 

On this date, November 14th 1967, The Monkees album ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones” was released. Like their previous 3 albums, it went all the way to number one. The album is particularly interesting for the pioneering use of the Moog syntheisizer, which Mickey Dolenz introduced to the group and played played in the studio. He owned one of the first 20 ever sold.

Finally on this date in 1960, it was reported that Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never” had become the fastest selling single in British history.  In it’s first week “It’s Now Or Never” sold 780,000 copies and would go on to sell 20 million copies.  That song became Elvis’ biggest selling single in his career. “It’s Now or Never” was based on an Italian song written in 1901 called “O Sole Mio”.  Presley’s version topped the British chart longer than any other song at that point and it went on to become Elvis Presley’s personal favorite.