This Weekend in Music History
November 16th, 1974 – John Lennon hits No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ Elton John played on the session and had made a deal with Lennon that they would have to play live together if the song ever reached No.1. Lennon kept his promise and later played three songs live with Elton: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’
November 16th, 1985 – U2 launches a new record label ‘Mother Records,’ with the intent ‘to unearth fresh musical talent in Ireland.’ The label would release several singles from unknown artists such as The Hothouse Flowers, In Tua Nua, and Cactus World News, amongst others as well.
November 17th, 1966 – The Beach Boys were at No.1 in the UK with ‘Good Vibrations.’ As a child, Brian Wilson’s mother told him that dogs would bark at “bad vibrations” because dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people. Wilson turned this around and made it the general idea for the song.
November 17th, 1985 – Wham! were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’. George Michael’s inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley intended for Andrew’s parents, which read “wake me up before you go” but with “up” accidentally written twice. Ridgeley used the typo as inspiration to add an extra “go.”
November 17th, 1990 – David Crosby from Crosby Stills Nash & Young is admitted to a hospital after breaking a leg, shoulder, and an ankle from crashing his Harley.
November 18th, 1975 – Bruce Springsteen makes his live debut in the UK at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The set list would included Thunder Road, 10th Avenue Freeze-out, Born To Run, The ‘E’ Street Shuffle, Jungleland, 4th of July, and Asbury Park just to name a few.
November 18th, 1978 – Billy Joel goes to No.1 on the album chart with his album, ’52nd Street,’ which would go on to win Joel the 1979 Grammy for Album of the Year.