Thursday, November 17, 2016

Today in Music History...November 17, 2016

Music History: November 17

 

Births

1933: The Singing Nun
1937: Geoff Goddard (The Tornadoes)
1938: Gordon Lightfoot
1942: Bob Gaudio (The Four Seasons)
1944: Gene Clark (The Byrds)
1946: Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
1947: Rod Clements (Lindisfarne)
1947: Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (The Nazz)
1948: Iain Sutherland (Sutherland Brothers And Quiver)
1952: Dean Martin, Jr. (Dino, Desi and Billy)

Deaths

1979: John Glascock (Jethro Tull)
2003: Don Gibson
2003: Arthur Conley
2006: Ruth Brown

Events

1938: Orchestra leader Kay Kyser gives a lecture at CCNY college in New York City on "the inner workings and artistic features of swing music." Its popularity leads to Kyser being given his own popular NBC radio show, Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge.
1958: Alan Freed's trial for allegedly inciting a riot at one of his Boston package tour shows is postponed for a year while prosecutors sort out the state's archaic anti-anarchy laws.
1963: Headmaster John Weightman of Surrey Grammar School in Guildford, England, bans the popular Beatle "moptop" haircuts, explaining that "this ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. 
 It makes them look like morons."
1963: Singer Tommy Sands joins his wife, Nancy Sinatra, to perform "Old Straw Hat" and "Hey Good Lookin'" on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.
1963: Backstage at the British ITV music program Thank Your Lucky Stars, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards present Gene Pitney with one of their first songs, "My Only Girl." Retitled "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday," it would be a hit for Pitney on both sides of the ocean, the first Jagger/Richards composition to make the US charts, and the first UK hit for the pair. Later, the Stones themselves record the song, but their version is never released.
1967: Davy Jones of the Monkees opens a boutique called Zilch I, named after a Monkees track, in New York's Greenwich Village.
1974: ABBA play their first gig outside Sweden, opening at the Kalkonerteater in Copenhagen on their first European tour.
1976: Olivia-Newton John's first TV special, A Very Special Olivia Newton-John, is broadcast on ABC.
1978: During Bob Dylan's show at the San Diego Sports Arena, an audience member throws a silver Christian cross onstage, which the singer picks up and pockets. Perhaps coincidentally, Dylan enters his "Christian period" the next year.
1979: The Guinness Book of World Records verifies ABBA as the biggest-selling recording group in history.
1980: The annual "Royal Command Performance" in London features Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr. singing for England's Queen Elizabeth II.
1990: While speeding without a helmet, David Crosby crashes his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Los Angeles, breaking his shoulder, left leg, and ankle.
1992: Former members of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago, are awarded four million dollars in back royalties from a music publisher for their 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?"
1994: Bob Dylan begins taping his episode of MTV's Unplugged at New York's Sony Studios.
2000: Cher makes her first appearance on NBC-TV's sitcom Will and Grace, in the episode "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed."
2000: ABC-TV airs the documentary The Beatles: Revolution.
2003: After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital with what a publicist terms "exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection" but what is actually an irregular heartbeat requiring emergency surgery.

Releases

1971: The Faces, A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse

Recording

1970: Elton John, 11-17-70
1978: Led Zeppelin, "All My Love"

Charts

1951: Eddy Howard's "Sin (It's No Sin)" hits #1
1958: The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" hits #1
1962: The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" hits #1
1979: The Commodores' "Still" hits #1

Certifications

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