November 20 – Elvis sold, Cabaret, Alice Massacree, Shafted


RCA Victor buys Elvis Presley from Sun Records for $35,000.

Sam Phillips later claims it was a good deal because it saved his business.


Premiere of musical Cabaret at NYC’s Broadhurst Theatre.

Adapted from Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood, it runs for 1165 shows; a 1988 revival sees 2,377 shows.


Arlo Guthrie, son of famed folksinger Woody, releases album Alice’s Restaurant.

The eighteen-minute first track, the anti-draft Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, was extremely funny and a 60s counterculture favorite … especially with DJ’s who needed the time to go out for a puff. Pt.1  Pt.2  The song’s popularity raised the money for anequally funny movie in 1969.

So if you’re getting ‘injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected’? Welcome to the Group W Bench.
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Hayes later on

Singer Isaac Hayes scores a US#1 with an unusual soundtrack hit, the Theme From Shaft.

It’s from the MGM action film Shaft, which wins an Oscar for Best Music.