Today In Pop Music: November 28 – John Lennon’s Last Concert Apprearance
Motown founder Barry Gordy is 83 today, Gary Troxel of The Fleetwoods (Mr. Blue-Come Softly To me) is 73, Bruce Channel (Hey Baby) is 72, singer-songwriter Randy Newman (Short People – Mama Told Me) is 69, Little River Band (Reminiscing) guitarist Beeb Birtles is 64, Paul Schaffer (Late Night with David Letterman) is 63, and Dawn Robinson of En Vogue (Hold On – My Lovin’) is 44.
November 28, 1960 – Elvis Presley began a six week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with a song that included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’.
November 28, 1967 – The Beatles recorded their last fan club record when they knocked out ‘Christmastime Is Here Again’ in a single session.
November 28, 1987 – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their hit duet from “Dirty Dancing”, (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.
November 28, 2006 – Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from Kid Rock after just four months of marriage. Did anyone really have any money bet on this one lasting more that a year?
November 28, 1974 – John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage after losing a bet earlier in the year. When Elton added background vocals to John’s song ‘Whatever gets You through the Night’, he bet Lennon the song would go to #1. John said no so Elton countered that if it did indeed top the charts, John would have to join him on stage. It did, and John paid the debt on Thanksgiving evening at Madison Square Garden 38 years ago today.