As we close out the month of November with This Week in Music History, we take a look back at one of the ’60s biggest girl groups EVER; The final on stage appearance by John Lennon; One of the ’80s biggest movie blockbusters; A one hit wonder that would make millions for a ukulele player; And finally the loss of a Beatle.
It happened this week in 1964, The Shangri-Las would go to number 1 on the US singles chart with the ‘teen death song’, ‘Leader Of The Pack’. When it was first released in the UK the song was refused airplay by the BBC due to its death theme.
It would be this week in 1974, when John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at The Garden here in Manhattan. Lennon performed three songs; ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’
A true moment in Rock and Roll History!
It’s back to the 80’s we go when it would be this week in 1987, One of the biggest movie themes of the year from the film ‘Dirty Dancing’, the Jennifer Warnes’ duet with Bill Medley ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, would sail to No.1 on the US singles chart.
“Nobody puts baby in the corner!”
It happened this week in 1996, American singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his million selling one hit wonder ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis.
It would be twenty-seven years earlier on the 17th of December in 1969, he married Victoria Mae Budinger on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
The publicity stunt attracted over 40 million viewers.
It would be a sad day this week in 2001 when Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer at the age of 58. Following the breakup of The Beatles, Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys.
The youngest member of The Beatles, (aged 16 when he joined), his tracks include ‘Taxman’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘Something’, and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Harrison released the acclaimed triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, which produced the worldwide number 1 single, ‘My Sweet Lord.’