Thursday, November 16, 2017

More Music History for November 16, 2017

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1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
After topping the US chart with "Come Softly To Me" the previous April, The Fleetwoods enjoyed their second number one song with "Mr. Blue".

1960 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
After Brenda Lee had turned it down for being "too Country", Patsy Cline records "I Fall To Pieces" for Decca Records in Nashville. The song will enter the US charts the following summer and rise to #12.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The brother and sister team of Nino Tempo and April Stevens hit the top of the Billboard chart with "Deep Purple", a song that they recorded in just two takes. In the UK, it reached #27.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
Jay And The Americans record "Let's Lock The Door", which will reach #11 on the Billboard chart early the next year.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
B.J. Thomas' "Hooked On A Feeling" is released. It will enter the Billboard chart in December and climb to #5, but was not a hit in the UK.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
David Bowie's first British TV special, 1980 Floor Show aired on NBC as an episode of Midnight Special. His guests were Marianne Faithful and The Troggs. .

1974 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
John Lennon had his only solo, number one hit in the US during his lifetime when "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" hit the top. In his homeland, it could do no better than #36. His girl friend, May Pang, would later recall that John got the inspiration for the song when he saw TV evangelist Reverend Ike utter the phrase "Let me tell you guys, it doesn't matter, it's whatever gets you through the night."

1978 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The Bee Gees, Billy Preston and Peter Frampton make their acting debuts as their movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens. The film proves to be a box office disaster, with most major movie critics bashing it.

November 16
A concert by Queen at New York's Madison Square Garden featured a row of semi-nude, over-weight women on bicycles to promote the band's current single, "Fat-Bottomed Girls".

1998 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
J.D. Sumner, the bass voice of The Stamps Quartet died at the age of 73. He is most often remembered for accompanying Elvis Presley on recordings and in live performances and can be heard prominently on Presley's 1977 #18 hit, "Way Down" where he hit double low C at the end of the song.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
A six-minute recording of a Beatles interview bought for $5 at a flea market, sold for $10,400 at an online auction. The winning bidder was simply described as "an avid record and music memorabilia collector" from the US.

November 16
A life-sized statue of Sonny Bono is unveiled in downtown Palm Springs, California, where he was once mayor.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
In a poll compiled by the Official UK Charts Company, "Queen's Greatest Hits" was named as the most popular album of all time in Britain. According to the list, the album has sold around 5.4 million copies, beating the Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", which has sold 4.8 million copies. .

2007 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The RIAA sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to college administrators in connection with illegal music files shared over the university computer networks. The 417 letters went to 16 universities.

November 16
The Police reunion tour was the big winner at the fourth annual Billboard Touring Awards, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame announced that Johnny Cash would be inducted next January in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
The soundtrack to the James Bond film Skyfall reached #100 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the highest charting album in the film franchise since A View to a Kill went to #38 in July, 1985.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

November 16
United States President Barack Obama awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's top civilian honor, to twenty-one recipients, including Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen. The honorees, from the worlds of acting, athletics, music, and science, were acknowledged for their contributions to America.

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