Give us this day, November 22, our daily Elvis
The Marconi Wireless Company of America, the world’s first radio company, was incorporated in New Jersey.
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
November 22, 1955Elvis Presley’s contract with Bob Neal expired.After the switch from Sun to RCA Elvis sent a telegram to the Colonel: ” Dear Colonel, Words can never tell you how my folks and I appreciate what you did for me. I’ve always known and now my folks are assured that you are the best, most wonderful person I could ever hope to work with. Believe me when I say I will stick with you through thick and thin and do everything I can to uphold your faith in me. Again, I say thanks and I love you like a father, Elvis Presley.”
November 22, 1961
Bob Dylan finished recording his debut album.
Dion released the single “The Wanderer”.
Elvis Presley released the single “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.
Elvis Presley’s 8th feature film, “Blue Hawaii,” co-starring Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters, Roland Winters and John Archer, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters. By the end of the year it will gross $4.7 million, finishing as the #8 top-grossing movie of the year.
Kid Galahad Production
Elvis moved to his new rented home at 10538 Bellagio Road. This was just around the corner of the Perugia Way House.
The entourage was now made up of Joe Esposito, Gene Smith, Lamar Fike, Ray Sitton, Marty Lacker and Sonny West. Charlie Hodge and Red West were still part of the picture but worked outside the group too.
November 22, 1962
November 22, 1963The Beatles released their second album, “With The Beatles”, in the UK. The collection featured “All My Loving”, “Please Mr. Postman” and “Roll Over Beethoven” and would succeed their first L.P. in the #1 spot, giving the Fab Four a string of 51 consecutive weeks at the top of the UK album chart. The LP had advance orders of a half million and sold another half million by September 1965, making it the second album to sell a million copies in the UK, (after the soundtrack to the 1958 film South Pacific). Capitol Records in Canada issued the album as “Beatlemania! With the Beatles,” which has the distinction of being the first Beatles album ever released in North America. Most of the songs from the album were not released in the U.S. until January 1964 when Capitol issued “Meet the Beatles!”Phil Spector releases a Christmas album called “A Christmas Gift for You”, which was recorded over the Spring and Summer and contained songs by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans.The 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy,was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas. He was 46. A ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission concluded that the lone assassin was Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was murdered by Jack Ruby before he could stand trial..Ninety-nine minutes after President Kennedy was pronounced dead, Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson – aboard Air Force 1, flanked by his wife and Mrs. Kennedy in her blood-stained coat – was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States.
Mary Wells and Sam Cooke performed their first of two concerts today at New York’s Apollo Theater. Between shows, word came that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Cooke immediately canceled his performance and flew back to Los Angeles.In LA, Elvis and Ann-Margret watched the news of the Kennedy’s assassination together.
November 22, 1964
November 22, 1968
The Beatles release a double album simply called “The Beatles”, but known to fans as “The White Album”. Among the 29 songs on the L.P. is Ringo Starr’s first song writing contribution, “Don’t Pass Me By”, which as a single, made it to number one in Scandinavia. The Album had ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Blackbird’ ‘Back In The USSR’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Priced at £3.13 shillings, ($8.76), it spent eight weeks as the UK No.1 album.
RCA releases the Elvis tv special soundtrack, It peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. It was certified Gold on July 22, 1969 and Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA.
November 22, 1969Paul McCartney publicly denied rumors that he was dead. The most recent of many “clues” of this Death Hoax was the fact that he was the only barefoot Beatle on the newly released Abbey Road LP cover. The story was actually started as a prank by Fred La Bour, a sports and arts writer for the student paper, The Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan.
The Hillside Singers released the single “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”.
Parliament charted with “Agony of DeFeet,” reaching #7 R&B. It would be the last of twenty-three hits for Parliament before they became Funkadelic and went on to twenty-four more hits under their new name.
Yarborough & Peoples had their chart debut aand biggest hit all in one when “Don’t Stop the Music” flew onto the R&B hit register, stopping at #1 for five weeks.
ABBA scored their sixth UK No.1 album when Super Trouper started a nine week run at the top of the charts. The album which features the No.1 singles ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Super Trouper’, became the biggest-selling of 1980 in the UK.
Freddie Mercury (Queen) issued a public statement confirming that he had “been tested HIV positive and have AIDS.”
Ruben Gomez, 16, and Sergio Gonzalez, 18, of Puerto Rican boy band Menudo were arrested for marijuana possession at Miami International Airport. A day later, both were fired from the group.
It was announced that, “The Beatles were now bigger than The Beatles”. The statement was based on sales so far this year, having sold 6,000,000 albums from their back catalogue and a combined total of 13,000,000 copies of ‘The Beatles Anthology 1’ and ‘The Beatles Anthology 2’. With the release of ‘The Beatles Anthology 3’ a week away, it was anticipated that total Beatles album sales for 1996 would exceed 20 million. A poll showed 41 percent of sales were to teenagers who were not born when The Beatles officially called it quits in 1970.
The surviving members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with a new line up including ex-Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Original drummer John Densmore was not able to take part because he suffers from severe tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears.
Waterloo by ABBA was voted the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Viewers in 31 countries across Europe voted during a special show in Copenhagen to celebrate the annual event’s 50th birthday.
Poems written by Bob Dylan in his college days sold for $78,000 (£45,000) at a New York City auction. The 16 pages of poems were the first known time Robert Zimmerman used the Dylan name and came from his studies at the University of Minnesota during 1959-60.
After just one week of availability on iTunes, The Beatles‘ music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs. The Fab Four’s debut on the popular download site was accompanied by an extensive marketing campaign.
2018The Beatles’ self-titled LP, known to fans as “the white album”, returned to the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 chart following its 50th anniversary reissue on November 9th. The album was ranked at #6 after selling 63,000 units.