Category: Music

Presty the DJ for Nov. 30

The number one single today in 1968:

The number one bad single today in 1971 (shut your mouth):

Britain’s number one single today in 1985:

Today in 1997, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba was arrested and jailed overnight in Italy for … wearing a skirt.

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Presty the DJ for Nov. 29

The number one single today in 1969 reached number one because of both sides, including one of the first songs about the singer’s future ex-wife:

The number one album today in 1986 was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s “Live/1975–85”:

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Presty the DJ for Nov. 28

The number one single today in 1960:

The number one (for the second time) single today in 1963:

The number one single today in 1964:

The number one British single today in 1970:

Today in 1991, Nirvana did perhaps the worst lip-synching effort of all time of its “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the BBC’s “Top of the Pops”:

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Presty the DJ for Nov. 26

Today in 1967, the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” promotional film (now called a “video”) was shown on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. It was not shown in Britain because of a musicians’ union ban on miming:

One death of odd note, today in 1973: John Rostill, former bass player with the Shadows (with which Cliff Richard got his start), was electrocuted in his home recording studio. A newspaper headline read: “Pop musician dies; guitar apparent cause.”

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Presty the DJ for Nov. 25

Today in 1969, John Lennon returned his Member of the Order of the British Empire medal as, in his accompanying note,  “a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria–Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.”

The number one single today in 1972 should have been part of my blog about the worst music of all time:

Today in 1976, The Band gave its last performance, commemorated in Martin Scorsese’s film “The Last Waltz”:

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Presty the DJ for Nov. 22

Today in 1963, the Beatles released their second album, “With the Beatles,” in the United Kingdom.

That same day, with this song on top of the U.S. singles charts …

… Phil Spector released a Christmas album from his artists:

Given what else happened that day, you can imagine neither of those received much notice in this country.

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Presty the DJ for Nov. 21

The number one British single today in 1954:

Today in 1955, RCA Records purchased the recording contract of Elvis Presley from Sam Phillips for an unheard-of $35,000.

The number one single today in 1960 holds the record for the shortest number one of all time:

The number one British single today in 1970 hit number one after the singer’s death earlier in the year:

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