Monday, November 7, 2016

Today in Music History...November 7, 2016

Music History: November 7

 

Births

1922: Al Hirt
1937: Mary Travers
1938: Dee Clark
1942: Johnny Rivers
1943: Joni Mitchell
1951: Nick Gilder

Deaths

1991: Carter Cornelius (Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose)
2004: Howard Keel
2004: Lenny Mays (The Dramatics)

Events

1951: Frank Sinatra marries his second wife, actress Ava Gardner. The marriage, her third, lasts six years and is credited for moving Sinatra into his "mature" phase as a singer, with Nelson Riddle stating: "It was Ava who did that, who taught him how to sing a torch song. That's how he learned. She was the greatest love of his life and he lost her."
1956: Elvis Presley becomes the first artist to chart an Extended Play or EP 45 rpm record when the four-song Love Me EP enters the Billboard charts.
1959: Smokey Robinson marries Claudette Rogers, still a member of the group and the eventual inspiration for his song "My Girl," made famous by the Temptations. The two would divorce in 1985. 
 1961: Ray Charles is arrested for possession of drugs in Indianapolis, IN, after local authorities discover marijuana and heroin in his hotel room.
1963: Pat Boone marries Shirley Lee Foley, the daughter of country legend Red Foley.
1963: The Beatles make their only visit to Ireland as a group, performing two shows in Dublin at the Adelphi Cinema.
1966: Elvis Presley finishes work on his 23rd film, Easy Come, Easy Go.
1967: Elton John, still going by his given name of Reg Dwight, and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin sign their first major publishing deal, with their parents their to witness the signing, as both are still minors.
1969: Having tracked down Paul and wife Linda at their farm in Glasgow, Scotland, to disprove the rumors of his death, Paul is the featured cover story of this week's edition of Life magazine, which carries the headline "Paul Is Still With Us." In the interview, Paul debunks several "clues" and adds: "Perhaps the rumor started because I haven't been much in the press lately. I have done enough press for a lifetime, and I don't have anything to say these days. I am happy to be with my family and I will work when I work. I was switched on for ten years and I never switched off. Now I am switching off whenever I can. I would rather be a little less famous these days."
1970: Head of MCA Records Mike Curb announces a massive artist purge from his roster, claiming the move was to drop acts that "exploit and promote hard drugs through music." When labelmates such as Connie Stevens and the Cowsills are also dropped, observers begin to suspect that Curb's motivation is in removing artists that aren't selling; when MCA artist Eric Burdon (ex of the Animals) goes public with his drug use and demands to be released from his contract, the ruse is exposed.
1981: The Kingston Trio tape their reunion concert for PBS-TV at Los Angeles' Magic Mountain.
1986: Willie Nelson guest stars as a corrupt cop on tonight's "El Viejo" episode of NBC-TV's Miami Vice.
1995: The Captain (Daryl Dragon) and (Toni) Tenille renew their vows in Virginia City, NV on the occasion of their 20th anniversary.
2001: Singer Rod Lauren is accused of stabbing his actress wife Nida Blanca to death in their native Philippines, but flees the country before he can stand trial.
2003: In a desperate effort to reassure visitors that the SARS outbreak is no threat, Hong Kong officials invite the Rolling Stones, among others, to play a massive concert in the city. The total cost for appearance fees tops $100 million.
2006: Orleans lead singer John Hall is elected to the US House of Representatives from his home state of New York.

Releases

1960: Elvis Presley, "Are You Lonesome To-night?"
1970: Chicago, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
1970: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin III

Recording

1930: Wayne King, "The Waltz You Save For Me"
1956: Ferlin Husky, "Gone"
1960: Elvis Presley: "Lonely Man," "In My Way," "Wild In The Country," "Forget Me Never," "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell"
1967: The Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour"

Charts

1964: The Marvelettes' "Too Many Fish In The Sea" enters the charts
1964: Barbra Streisand's LP People hits #1
1975: Elton John's LP Rock Of The Westies hits #1

Certifications

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