The Boss in '65 / Really, Rod? / Not Business As Usual...

Rod Stewart with Faces, 1973. (Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

 

11/13/1965 (52 years ago today) - The location: The Firehouse (night club) in Hazlet, New Jersey. The headlining band: The Castiles, featuring a local hot-shot singer-guitarist by the name of Bruce Springsteen. The evening was billed as a "Teenage Go-Go Dance"! Hope they alerted the church elders...

11/13/1976 (41 years ago today) - Rod Stewart gets his second U.S. No. 1 single when "Tonight's The Night" starts an eight week run at the top of the chart -- The song notoriously featured some suggestive, heavy-breathy whispers from his girlfriend at the time, actress Britt Ekland, which ultimately led to the tune getting banned from airplay at many radio stations worldwide, as it was rather blatantly about the seduction of a virgin. How coy!!!

11/13/1982 (35 years ago today) - Australian export Men At Work commence a brutal 15 week reign at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with their debut release "Business As Usual" -- Thanks to mega-hit singles "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under", the LP goes on to sell an astonishing 15 million copies(!), after which the band was easily set up for failure; even when the artistic quality of their next pair of releases increased, the public's appetite surely decreased, and they were off to the cut-out bins...

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