This Day In Music History: November 4

beatles1963   The Beatles play the Royal Command Performance, also called the Royal Variety Performance; the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret are in attendance. The Beatles are 7th on the 19-act bill, but they’re arguably the most anticipated.

The Fab Four plays “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” and “Till There Was You.” Then John Lennon makes a cheeky announcement that would be in the headlines the next day:

For our last number I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewelry. We’d like to sing a song called “Twist And Shout.”

The royal family was evidently unfazed by the mildly snide remark, because they would invite The Beatles to perform at the Royal Command Performance every year thereafter, but the band declined. 1963 was their first and only appearance at the gala. John Lennon explained why in 1970:

We did the Royal Variety Show, and we were asked discreetly to do it every year after that, but we always said, ‘Stuff it.’ So every year there was a story in the newspapers: ‘Why no Beatles for the Queen?’ which was pretty funny, because they didn’t know we’d refused. That show’s a bad gig, anyway. Everybody’s very nervous and uptight and nobody performs well.”

The boys did seem to be a bit stressed out…













Other Events on This Day in History

1783   W.A. Mozart’s Symphony 36 premieres in Linz, Austria

1908   Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC

1955   Rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Beethoven’s Fidelio; theater was totally     destroyed during WWII

1958   Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe” hits #1 on U.S. charts

1963   The Rolling Stones kick off 50-date UK tour at Top Rank Ballroom in Preston; they’ve just come off 30-date UK tour with The Everly Brothers

1966   The Rolling Stones release album Got Live If You Want It!

1967   Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release “I Second That Emotion

1968   Pink Floyd records “Point Me At The Sky” and “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”

1968   Cream plays last U.S. concert in Providence, RI

1972   Johnny Nash hits #1 on U.S. singles chart with “I Can See Clearly Now”

1976   A bomb threat delays start of Bruce Springsteen’s concert at Palladium in New York

1978   Crosby Stills Nash & Young sued by former bass player Greg Reeves over sales     revenue on album Deja Vu

1978   Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me” hits #1 on the U.S. charts

1978   Boston plays first-ever gig in Boston, sold-out show at Boston Garden

1980   Terminally-ill Bob Marley baptized “Christian Rastafarian” at Kingston, Jamaica’s     Ethiopian Orthodox Church

1984   Prince kicks off 87-date North American Purple Rain tour at Joe Louis Arena in        Detroit, MI

1988   U2 documentary “Rattle And Hum” released worldwide

1989   Roxette’s “Listen To Your Heart” hits #1 on U.S. charts

1990   Musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story premieres on Broadway

1991   The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 7th class of inductees, including Jimi          Hendrix, Booker T. & the MG’s, Sam & Dave, The Yardbirds, The Isley Brothers,      Johnny Cash and Bobby “Blue” Bland

1992   Elton John and Bernie Taupin sign $39 million songwriting deal with Warner/Chappell

1993   Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) arrested at Denver Westin Hotel for playing music          too loudly in room

1993   Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys fights with videographer at memorial service          for actor River Phoenix; Horovitz charged with battery and grand theft

1998 creates program called “Advantage For Music” to allow unsigned artists       and independent labels to sell music online

1998   Michael Jackson announces wife Debbie Rowe is pregnant with his first child

1998   Liam Gallagher (Oasis) arrested after fistfight with photographer Mel Bouzac at     London pub

2002   Elton John and Bernie Taupin given Music Industry Trusts Award for one of greatest songwriting partnerships of all time


Billboard #1 Hits

1950   “Goodnight Irene” Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers

1955   “Autumn Leaves” Roger Williams

1960   “Save the Last Dance for Me” The Drifters

1965   “Yesterday” The Beatles

1970   “I’ll Be There” The Jackson 5

1975   “Island Girl” Elton John

1980   “Woman In Love” Barbra Streisand

1985   “Part-Time Lover” Stevie Wonder

1990   “Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice

1995   “Fantasy” Mariah Carey

2000   “Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You) Christina Aguilera

2005   “Gold Digger” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

2010   “Like a G6” Far East Movement featuring The Cataracs and Dev



1931   Darla Hood (American singer/actress, The Little Rascals)

1938   Harry Elston (Friends of Distinction)

1940   Delbert McClinton (American singer)

1940   Chuck Mangione (American composer and horn player)

1947   Mike Smith (Welsh saxophonist)

1951   Dan Hartman (U.S. singer/songwriter/producer, Instant Replay)

1953   Van Stephenson (American singer/songwriter, Blackhawk)

1954   Chris Difford (English guitarist/vocalist, Squeeze)

1956   James Honeyman-Scott (American guitarist/vocalist, The Pretenders)

1956   Jeff Watson (American guitarist, Night Ranger)

1956   Jordan Rudess (American keyboardist, Dream Theater)

1957   Najee aka Jerome Najee Rasheed (American saxophonist and flautist)

1957   James Honeyman-Scott (British musician, The Pretenders)

1960   Kim Forester (American country singer)

1960   Frl. Menke (German pop singer)

1961   Daron Hagen (American composer)

1961   Edward Knight (American composer)

1961   Les Sampou (American folksinger/songwriter)

1963   Marc Déry (French Canadian singer and guitarist, Zébulon)

1963   Rosario Flores (Spanish singer/actress)

1965   Malandra Burrows (English actress and singer)

1965   Wayne Static (American musician, Static-X)

1965   Jeff Scott Soto (American singer, Talisman)

1966   Kool Rock aka Damon Wimbley (American rapper, Fat Boys)

1969   P. Diddy aka Sean Combs (American rapper/record producer)

1971   Shawn Rivera (American musician, Az Yet)

1974   Cedric Bixler-Zavala (American musician, The Mars Volta)

1974   Louise Nurding (English singer, Eternal)

1975   Michael Osmond (American singer, Osmond Boys)

1977   Kavana (English singer)

1986   Alexz Johnson (Canadian singer/actress)



1847   Felix Mendelssohn (German composer) stroke, age 38

1931   Charles Buddy Bolden (American jazz musician), age 54

1969   Ivory Watson (American singer/guitarist, The Ink Spots), age 60

1980   Ronnie Goodson (American singer, Ronnie and the Hi-Lites) brain tumor, age 31

1987   Bobby Nunn (American singer, The Coasters) heart failure, age 61

1994   Fred “Sonic” Smith, (American guitarist), heart failure, age 45

1995   Marti Caine (English singer/comedienne), lymphatic cancer, age 50

2005   Sheree North (American actress and singer), cancer surgery, age 72

2010   Michelle Nicastro (American actress/singer), brain cancer, age 50

2012   Ted Curson (American jazz trumpeter) heart attack, age 77