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December 1st, 1958 The Teddy Bears at No. 1 with ‘To Know Him is to Love Him’

On December 1st, 1958, The Teddy Bears were at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘To Know Him is to Love Him.’ The title of the Phil Spector song came from words on his father’s tombstone.

November 14th, 1936 Freddie Garrity was born

On November 14th, 1936, singer and actor Freddie Garrity was born. As the frontman and comical element in the 1960s pop band, Freddie and the Dreamers, Garrity’s trademark was his habit of leaping up and down during performances. This, combined … read more

November 13th, 1976 Rod Stewart at No. 1 with ‘Tonight’s The Night’

On November 13th, 1976, Rod Stewart started an 8 week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tonight’s The Night’. It was Rod’s second US No. 1; it made No. 5 in the UK after being banned … read more

November 12th, 1944 Booker T. Jones was born

On November 12th, 1944, American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, Booker T. Jones was born. He’s best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

November 11th, 1954 Bill Haley at No. 1 with ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’

On 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 … read more

November 7th, 1937 American singer-songwriter Mary Travers was born

On November 7th, 1937, Mary Travers, of Peter Paul and Mary, was born. Peter, Paul and Mary were one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. Unlike most folk musicians who were a part of the early 1960s … read more

November 6th, 1961 Jimmy Dean was at No. 1 with ‘Big Bad John’

On November 6th, 1961, Jimmy Dean started a five week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Big Bad John’, a No. 2 on the UK chart. Jimmy went on to present a prime time variety show … read more

November 5th, 2005 Guitarist Link Wray died

On November 5th, 2005, Guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing ‘fuzz’ guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Famous for his 1958 US No.16 single ‘Rumble’ which was … read more

November 4th, 1972 Johnny Nash was at No. 1 with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’

On November 4th, 1972, Johnny Nash started a three week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, his only US chart topper, it made No. 5 in the UK.

November 3rd, 1962 The Crystals at No. 1 with ‘He’s A Rebel’

On November 3rd, 1962, The Crystals started a two week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s A Rebel’, it made No.19 on the UK chart.