Here’s what happened today in Rock History for November 8th:
“Wedding Bell Blues” topped the Billboard Hot 100, giving The Fifth Dimension their second US number one record. The song was originally recorded as a private joke between group members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., who were engaged at the time.
Elton John becomes godfather to John and Yoko Lennon’s son, Sean. Elton John and John Lennon struck up a friendship when they collaborated in 1974. Lennon featured on a B-side of Elton’s, ‘One Day at a Time’ and then Lennon appeared on Elton’s ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’. A year later, Sean was born and Elton John was asked to be godfather.
After “More Than A Feeling” reached number five (1976) and “Don’t Look Back” made it to number four (1978), Boston finally scored their first and only number-one single with “Amanda”.
67-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was presented with the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography, an award given for his million-selling memoir Life.