Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7th

Diana Ross and the Supremes have the top chart debut this week as "In And Out Of Love" premiers at #60.  There are several other "future hits" making their first appearance on the chart this week as well … "Neon Rainbow" by The Box Tops (the follow-up to their chart-topping record "The Letter") debuts at #67 … and right behind it at #68 is the brand new single by The Monkees, "Daydream Believer.  You'll also find "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees, "An Open Letter To My Teenage Son" by Victor Lundberg, "Different Drum" by The Stone Poneys (a tune written by Monkee Michael Nesmith) and two versions of "Beautiful People" (one by songwriter Kenny O'Dell and the other by Bobby Vee) all making their first chart appearances this week. 

Carl Stokes is elected as the first black mayor of a major American city when he became the Mayor of Cleveland.  He will serve two terms in office.  Afterwards he will become a television commentator and then a judge. 

Reginald Dwight and Bernie Taupin signed their first major publishing deal in the UK.  Both sets of their parents had to be there at witnesses as both songwriters were still under age.  Dwight would change his name a short time later to Elton John … and together Elton John and Bernie Tauplin would go on to become one of the most successful songwriting duos in pop music history. 

US President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill establishing The Corporation for Public Broadcasting today.