Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Today in Music History...November 8, 2016

Music History: November 8

 

Births

1927: Ken Dodd
1927: Patti Page
1927: Chris Connor
1941: Rodney Slater (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
1942: Gerald Alston (The Manhattans)
1942: John Perez (The Sir Douglas Quintet)
1944: Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie)
1944: Michael Johnson
1945: Don Murray (Turtles)
1946: Roy Wood (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard)
1947: Minnie Riperton
1949: Bonnie Raitt
1949: Alan Berger (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)
1961: Leif Garrett

Deaths

1974: Ivory Joe Hunter
1999: Lester Bowie

Events

1932: Legendary songwriting team Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's first production, Music In The Air, opens on Broadway.
1953: Buddy Holly's Sunday radio show (featuring the singer as part of a country duo called "Buddy and Bob") premieres on Lubbock, TX's KDAV.
1961: Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein calls Liverpool's Cavern Club to see when the Beatles would next be performing, with the intent to see if their live show matched their reputation. 
 1962: A bullet is fired at Motown's tour bus while traveling through Savannah, GA, but fortunately none of the (all African-American) stars are hurt.
1963: Having heard Priscilla Presley was with her fiancee Elvis in Los Angeles, and reportedly attempting to beat her to the altar, actress and Viva Las Vegas co-star Ann-Margret is quoted in the L.A. press as being "in love" with Elvis and ruminating marriage with him. Priscilla, on the Colonel's advice, is sent back to Memphis to avoid controversy (but not before Pris throws a vase across the room, screaming that the expatriate Ann should "keep her ass in Sweden where she belongs").
1963: Dick Clark begins his latest "Caravan of Stars" tour in Teaneck, NJ, featuring The Ronettes, Little Eva, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, and the Dovells.
1964: Judy Garland and Liza Minelli perform together at the London Palladium, a performance recorded for American television and the LP Live At The London Palladium.
1965: The Dave Clark Five perform for Queen Elizabeth II at London's annual Royal Variety Performance.
1968: Diana Ross leaves the Supremes to begin her solo career, and is replaced by Jean Terrell.
1968: John Lennon's divorce from first wife Cynthia is finalized, without Lennon present; the Beatle is at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London with Yoko Ono, currently pregnant with the child she will miscarry later in the month.
1970: Jim Morrison of the Doors makes the spoken-word recordings which would later become the basis of the group's album An American Prayer.
1971: Paul McCartney throws a party at London's Empire Ballroom to officially launch his new group, Wings.
1974: After returning to her Howard Johnson's hotel room in Jericho, CT, following a show at the nearby Westbury Music Fair, singer Connie Francis is attacked at knifepoint and raped. Francis successfully sues the chain for $3 million for neglecting to repair a broken lock and torn screen on her room before the attack. Her rapist is never brought to justice, and Francis finds herself so shattered by the incident she quits touring for seven years and eventually divorces her husband, Joseph Garzilli.
1975: David Bowie makes his US television debut on CBS' Cher variety show, performing his latest hit, "Fame."
1975: John Lennon names close friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.
1977: Glam queen Suzi Quatro makes her first appearance as Leather Tuscadero, the little sister of Fonzie's girlfriend Pinky, on ABC-TV's Happy Days.
1987: The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson marries his second wife, Gina Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean.
1988: Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.
1994: Sonny Bono, half of Sonny and Cher and former mayor of Palm Springs, CA, is elected to the US House of Representatives.
1994: A memorial service is held for legendary guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, late of the MC5 and The Sonics, at Mariner's Church in Detroit, MI.
1995: A financially strapped Michael Jackson merges his company, ATV Music Publishing -- the one with all the Beatles hits -- with Sony Music Publishing in a deal worth some $110 million. Jackson keeps half-ownership of the new company, but as debts mount, that share is whittled down over time.
2002: David Gilmour, longtime guitarist for Pink Floyd, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

Releases

1976: George Harrison, The Best Of George Harrison

Recording

1939: Frank Sinatra: "Every Day Of My Life," "Ciribiribin"
1965: The Beatles, "Think For Yourself"
1967: Harry Nilsson, "Everybody's Talkin'"
1973: Bob Dylan: "Forever Young," "On A Night Like This"

Charts

1969: The 5th Dimension's "Wedding Bell Blues" hits #1

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