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November 21

La Crosse, WI, United States / Eagle 102.7

1955 Elvis Presley agrees to let Col. Tom Parker be his manager.

1960 “Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs topped the Billboard chart. At just one minute, 37 seconds long, it is the shortest number one record in Rock and Roll history.

1961 Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis, is released in the US. It would finish as the #8 top-grossing movie of the year.

1965 Bill Black, who backed Elvis on his early hits, died of a brain tumor at the age of 39. After leaving Elvis, he formed Bill Black’s Combo and placed 8 hits in the US Top 40, including “White Silver Sands” in 1960.

1968 Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage of John Lennon’s child, which they named John Ono Lennon II.

1970 Two months after launching their TV series, The Partridge Family goes number one with “I Think I Love You”. The only members of the cast who actually sang on the record were David Cassidy and his real-life step-mother, Shirley Jones.

1973 Allan Sherman, best remembered for 1963’s “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh”, died of respiratory ailments a few days shy of his 49th birthday.

1974 After years of saying he never would, Marty Balin joined Jefferson Starship on stage at the Winterland in San Francisco.

1983 Michael Jackson’s video, Thriller premiers in L.A. movie theatres. Guinness World Records later named it as the “most successful music video”, selling over 9 million units.

1990 Mick Jagger marries model Jerry Hall, on the island of Bali. The two would split in 1998.

2003 An acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned to play, fetched $431,812 at a London auction. Original cost: $3.50.

2008 More than 40 years after John Lennon’s saying that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”, the Vatican’s official newspaper absolved John of his notorious remark, saying that “After so many years it sounds merely like the boasting of an English, working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success.”


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