Today in Pop Music: November 7 – What Alan Jackson And The Who Have In Common

Post election birthdays today include Johnny Rivers (Poor Side Of Town) who’s 70, Joni Mitchell (Help Me) is 69, one hit wonder Nick Gilder (Hot Child In The City) is 60, and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Robin Finck is 41.

November 7, 1937 – Mary Travers of Peter,Paul, and Mary, was born in Louisville, Kentucky.  She died of leukemia on September 16, 2009.  Her rendition of John Denver’s ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ became the group’s only #1 single.

November 7, 1963  The Beatles made their only appearance in Ireland when they played two shows in Dublin.  It was during this trip they met screenwriter Alun Owen who observed them for three days and later wrote the screenplay for ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.

November 7, 1967 – Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin signed a music publishing contract with Dick James Music, after Bernie answered and ad for a lyric writer placed in a magazine.  Since they were both under the age of 21, their parents had to be witnesses during the signing.  The duo has since gone on to collaborate on over 30 hit albums.

November 7, 1967 – The Beatles finished recording ‘Blue Jay Way’, ‘Flying’, and ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ for the album for the film that would follow.

November 7, 1975 – Steve Anderson’s fingers are still sore from breaking the record for continuous guitar string plucking on this date.  He lasted 114 hours and 17 minutes.

November 7, 1958 – Eddie Cochran hit the charts with a summertime anthem, ‘Summertime Blues’ that later became a hit for The Who and country star Alan Jackson.  Here’s a comparison of all three versions beginning with the most recent.  It’s almost hard to believe it’s the same song.


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