Sunday, November 6, 2016

Today in Music History...November 6, 2016

Music History: November 6

 

Births

1916: Ray Conniff
1932: Stonewall Jackson
1937: Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five)
1938: Jim Pike (The Lettermen)
1938: P.J. Proby
1941: Doug Sahm (The Sir Douglas Quintet)
1941: Guy Clark
1943: Mike Clifford
1947: George Young (The Easybeats)
1947: John Wilson (Them)
1948: Glenn Frey (The Eagles)
1950: Chris Glen (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band)

Deaths

1972: Billy Murcia (The New York Dolls)
1989: Dickie Goodman (Buchanan and Goodman)

Events

1953: After religious groups protest the lyrics, both Frankie Laine's "Answer Me" (where the singer demands the Lord tell him what happened to his girl) and Lee Lawrence's "Crying In The Chapel" (later a hit for Elvis Presley) are banned from BBC radio.
1954: Elvis Presley signs a year-long contract with the Shreveport concert radio show Louisiana Hayride and, on the same day, records his one and only commercial, a radio spot for the city's "Southern Maid Doughnuts" outlet in which he sang the company jingle: "You can get them piping hot after 4 pm, you can get them piping hot. 
 Southern Maid Donuts hit the spot, you can get them piping hot after 4 pm."
1964: On tonight's episode of ITV's musical variety show Ready Steady Go!, the Beach Boys make their first British TV appearance, performing "I Get Around," "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)," and "Dance, Dance, Dance."
1964: The Hank Williams biopic Your Cheatin' Heart premieres in Nashville for the Country Music Association, featuring George Hamilton as the honky-tonk legend and his son, a 15-year-old Hank Williams' Jr., overdubbing his father's singing.
1965: Guests on tonight's episode of ABC's musical variety show Shindig! include the Rolling Stones, Fontella Bass, and the Strangeloves.
1965: Promoter Bill Graham puts on his first show, a Jefferson Airplane concert (for the benefit of the radical San Francisco Mime Troupe) at the Calliope Ballroom in San Francisco. One year later to the day, he opens his own ballroom, the Fillmore (later known as the Fillmore West).
1966: Distraught Beatles fans protest outside manager Brian Epstein's home, demanding that the group, recently retired from the road, perform more shows. Unfortunately, Epstein is attending a Beach Boys concert at the time.
1968: The Monkees' first and only feature film, Head, premieres in New York. A random, angry film that attempts to make the band look hip while systematically destroying their hated teenybopper image, the $750,000 film is a complete flop at the box office, no doubt also due to the strange TV marketing campaign, which focused merely on a friend of the band saying the word "Head" into the camera. Today, however, the film has gained a cult reputation as a surreal masterpiece.
1973: Phil Kaufman, manager of the recently-deceased country-rock singer Gram Parsons, is fined $300 for stealing the singer's body from the Los Angeles International Airport (where it was to be shipped to a Louisiana funeral home on the wishes of his estranged stepfather), then driving out to the desert instead with Gram's close friend Michael Martin, cremating Parsons, and scattering his ashes near the Joshua Tree National Monument in Twentynine Palms, CA, a favorite spot of the singer. Both men claim the cremation was Parsons' last wish.
1979: Paul Simon kicks off his latest British tour at London's Hammersmith Odeon by offering to buy everyone in the audience a drink. The tab comes to about $2,000.
1980: After the death of drummer John Bonham, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin meet on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, along with manager Peter Grant, to decide what to do next. All four men agree the band would simply not be the same without Bonham, and decide to split up.
1983: The ABC miniseries Princess Daisy debuts, featuring Ringo Starr in one of his last acting roles as a gay fashion designer.
2005: The Four Seasons musical Jersey Boys opens on Broadway to rave reviews.
2006: Singer Marianne Faithfull publicly announces that she has beaten her two-month fight with breast cancer.

Releases

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Recording

1936: Woody Herman, "Wintertime Dreams"
1940: Guy Lombardo, "The Moon Fell In The River"
1958: Connie Francis, "My Happiness"
1964: Joe Tex, "Hold What You've Got"
1967: Bob Dylan: "All Along The Watchtower," "John Wesley Harding," "As I Went Out One Morning," "I Pity The Poor Immigrant," "I Am A Lonesome Hobo"
1973: Bob Dylan: "Hazel," "Tough Mama," "Something There Is About You"

Charts

1954: Rosemary Clooney's "This Ole House" hits #1
1961: Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" hits #1
1961: James Darren's "Goodbye Cruel World" enters the charts
1965: The Rolling Stones' "Get Off My Cloud" hits #1
1971: Cher's "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" hits #1
1971: Isaac Hayes' soundtrack LP Shaft hits #1
1976: The Steve Miller Band's "Rock'n Me" hits #1

Certifications

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