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Today's Birthdays, Tuesday, November 25…

  • Percy Sledge is 73.
  • Bob Lind is 72.  He's best known for the 1966 hit "Elusive Butterfly."
  • It's A Beautiful Day drummer Val Fuentes is 67.

Today in History
In 1955

  • Bill Haley & the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1957

  • Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1958

  • Brenda Lee recorded her holiday classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

In 1961

  • Phil and Don Everly were inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and reported to Camp Pendleton, California for duty.

In 1964

  • Manfred Mann and the Everly Brothers were guests on the TV show "Shindig!"
  • The Zombies recorded the song "Tell Her No."

In 1965

  • The Seekers' "The Carnival is Over" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • Harrods in London opened after hours so The Beatles could do some holiday shopping.

In 1966

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut at the London's Bag O' Nails Club.

In 1967

  • The Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense and Peppermints" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • The Miracles' "I Second That Emotion" and the Supremes' "In and Out of Love" broke into the Top 40.
  • Arlo Guthrie released the album "Alice's Restaurant."

In 1968

  • The Beatles' self-titled album, also known as "The White Album," was released in the U.S.

In 1969

  • John Lennon returned his Member of the British Empire award to Buckingham Palace, along with a note to the Queen explaining that his move was an anti-war statement.  He was protesting Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra war and the British support of the U.S. in Vietnam.

In 1971

  • The surviving members of the Doors said they would carry on as a group despite the death of singer Jim Morrison.

In 1972

  • The Rolling Stones arrived in Jamaica to begin sessions for the album "Goat's Head Soup."
  • Chuck Berry's "My Ding-A-Ling" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
  • Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze" peaked at number six on the U.S. pop singles chart.
  • Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" broke into the Top 40.
  • BT Express' single "Do It ('Till You're Satisfied)" was certified Gold.

In 1974

  • Loggins & Messina's album "Mother Lode" was certified Gold. 

In 1975

  • Neil Sedaka's single "Bad Blood" was certified Gold.

In 1976

  • The Band played its final, star-studded concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.  The concert became The Band documentary "The Last Waltz."
  • Rick Wakeman rejoined Yes.

In 1980

  • Queen's single "Another One Bites The Dust" was certified Platinum.

In 1988

  • Chuck Berry paid a 250-dollar fine to settle an assault charge in New York.

In 1994
  • Stevie Wonder appeared in the 67th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

In 1997
  • The original Zombies, including Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White, Hugh Grundy, and Paul Atkinson, reunited for their first show in 30 years at the Jazz Cafe in London.

In 2000
  • One-time Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes married music producer Gabrielle Dotson in a ceremony in Los Angeles.

In 2002
  • Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and wife Priscilla were reportedly getting divorced.

In 2003
  • Glen Campbell posted bond and was released from police custody.  He was arrested a day earlier and accused of a hit and run accident as well as extreme DUI.  The singer issued a statement apologizing to his family, friends, and fans for his arrest as well as for his erratic behavior while in custody, which earned him an additional charge of striking a police officer.
  • The Beatles' "Let It Be...Naked" entered the UK album chart at number seven.

In 2004
  • John Mellencamp performed during halftime at the Detroit Lions-Indianapolis Colts Thanksgiving Day football game.  He performed the songs "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." and "Walk Tall."
  • A Blue Meanie, a character from The Beatles' movie "Yellow Submarine," was included in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the promotion for the then-new picture book based on the 1968 animated film.
  • "A Very Classic Thanksgiving" made its debut on VH1 Classic.  Former Monkee Davy Jones took part in TV the special, which also included pretaped requests and dedications from sailors aboard the USS Nimitz.

In 2010
  • Gladys Knight performed on the first-ever float representing New York's Apollo Theater in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In 2012
  • The Rolling Stones played their first "50 and Counting" concert in London, marking the band's first concerts since their "A Bigger Bang" tour came to an end in 2007.  The show also featured guest appearances from former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as Jeff Beck and Mary J. Blige.
  • Gordon Lightfoot was among the halftime performers at The Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's equivalent to the Super Bowl.
  • Famed doo-wop/R&B vocalist Earl "Speedo" Carroll died at the age of 75.  He'd been in poor health for the previous year, and had been living in a nursing home after suffering a stroke.

In 2013
  • New releases included Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones' "Foreverly," a remake of the Everly Brothers' 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," and Bruce Springsteen's song "High Hopes."


Monday, Nov. 24th...

Today's Birthdays

  • Electric Light Orchestra's Bev Bevan is 70.
  • Huey Lewis and the News guitarist Chris Hayes is 57.
  • Blondie drummer Clem Burke is 60.
  • The Association's Jim Yester is 75.
  • Lee Michaels is 69.  He's best known for the 1971 hit "Do You Know What I Mean."
  • Former Beatles drummer Pete Best is 73.

Today In History
In 1958
  • Ritchie Valens released the single "Donna" backed with "La Bamba."
  • Jackie Wilson released the single "Lonely Teardrops."

In 1962
  • The recently fired Pete Best received a birthday telegram from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

In 1964
  • The Who made its first performance under that name, taking the stage at the Marquee Club in London.

In 1966
  • The Beatles began recording the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

In 1967
  • John Lennon conducted his first solo recording sessions, compiling sound effects for the National Theatre production of the show "Scene Three, Act One."  The show was based on material from Lennon's book "In His Own Write."

In 1969
  • The Rolling Stones album "Let It Bleed" was certified Gold.

In 1970
  • Led Zeppelin had the number one album in both the U.S. and the UK with "Led Zeppelin 3."

In 1971
  • Santana hit number one on the U.S. album chart with the group's self-titled album.

In 1972
  • Alice Cooper, Poco, and the Allman Brothers Band performed on the debut episode of Don Kirshner's TV show "In Concert."
  • Sly and the Family Stone, the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, and the Eagles performed at the Woodstock of the West festival at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono released the single "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in the UK.
  • Ricky Nelson's single "Garden Party" was certified Gold.

In 1974
  • John Lennon turned up for Elton John's rehearsal before John's performance at New York's Madison Square Garden.

In 1976
The Band performed at the Winterland in San Francisco, marking the group's last concert.

In 1984
  • Bruce Springsteen's single "Born In The U.S.A." broke into the Top 40 chart.

In 1986
  • New releases included Eric Clapton's album "August" and Van Halen's video "Live Without A Net."

In 1991
Queen singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS.
Kiss drummer Eric Carr died of cancer.  He had been with the group for nine years.
Little Richard performed the wedding ceremony for Cyndi Lauper and husband David Thornton.

In 1992
  • Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and wife Mandy divorced after nearly two years of marriage.  A London court approved the settlement, which guaranteed Mandy 870-thousand-dollars.  At the time they were wed, she was 19 and he was 52.

In 1994
  • The Eagles released the video "Hell Freezes Over.

In 1998
Kiss released the video "Second Coming."

In 1999
  • Eddie Money made a guest appearance on the TV show "The Drew Carey Show."

In 2002
  • Buddy Guy; Earth Wind, and Fire; and former members of the Band of Gypsies participated in a birthday tribute to Jimi Hendrix as the Experience Music Project in Seattle.

In 2003
Glen Campbell was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, for hit and run, driving under the influence of alcohol, and aggravated assault on an officer.

In 2006
  • The Rolling Stones "A Bigger Bang" tour received the title as the top-grossing tour of all time, raking in 437-million-dollars.  The classic rocker's trek surpassed the previous title holder -- U2's "Vertigo" tour -- by more than 100-million-dollars.

In 2007
  • The Malibu-area home of Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was damaged in a fire that quickly spread through the community.  Initial reports also said the home of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea had been destroyed, but those stories were later found to be false.  However, at least 50 homes were lost in the blaze.

In 2008
  • Paul McCartney announced that talks between reps for The Beatles and their UK label, EMI, "had stalled," prompting further delays in the digital release of the band's catalog.  Later in the day, the rock legend sang at the ceremony to turn on the holiday lights at daughter Stella's store in London.  He joined drag queen Peter Kay -- also known as Geraldine -- for the performance.
  • The late James Brown's annual turkey give-away took place in Augusta, Georgia, with the Reverend Al Sharpton once again stepping up for the Godfather of Soul in handing out the first bird.

In 2009
  • Bon Jovi guitarist attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new weight room that he financed at Woodbridge High School in his hometown of Woodbridge, New Jersey.  In addition, the town also renamed the street leading to the school "Richie Sambora Way" in honor of the rocker.
  • The town of Feltham, England, where Queen frontman Freddie Mercury lived as a teenager, honored the late rocker with the dedication of a star on the sidewalk outside the town's library.
  • The Beach Boys' single "California Girls," Bob Marley and the Wailers album "Catch A Fire," Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad," Weather Report's single "Birdland," Bo Diddley's single "Who Do You Love," the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's single "Mr. Bojangles," The Doors' single "Riders on the Storm," the Isley Brothers' single "Twist and Shout," and Janis Joplin's album "Pearl" were among the recordings added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  • New releases included the Genesis DVD compilation "The Movie Box."

In 2011
  • Neil Diamond was among the stars taking part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, while John Fogerty gave a special performance in conjunction with the event.

In 2012
  • The Who's former manager Chris Stamp died at a New York hospital following a battle with cancer.  He was 70.  Stamp co-managed the group in the '60s and early '70s with Kit Lambert. 

In 2013
  • Joan Jett was among the participants at the American Music Awards, serving