Here’s what happened today in Rock History for November 3:
Pink Floyd make their US debut at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The tour will come to an early end when Syd Barrett displays increasingly strange behavior, refusing to lip-sync to “Arnold Layne” on American Bandstand and refusing to answer questions on The Pat Boone Show.
James Taylor and Carly Simon are married by a judge in Simon’s Manhattan apartment, beginning their eleven-year marriage. That evening, she joins him on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and announces their union to a cheering audience.
Billy Ocean started a two week run at #1 on the Billboard singles chart with “Caribbean Queen”. The song was recorded under different titles for different parts of the world, resulting in versions such as “European Queen” and “African Queen”.
The Righteous Brothers’ rendition of “Unchained Melody” rose to #1 on the UK singles chart 25 years after it had first been released. The track had recently been featured in the film Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.