Friday, November 17, 2017

More Music History for November 17, 2017

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1958 -
November 17
The Kingston Trio led the US hit parade with a century-old folk song called "Tom Dooley". Although this popular group would place nine more songs in the US Top 40, this would be their only number one.

1962 -
November 17
The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" reaches the top spot on the Billboard singles chart, just as their first hit, "Sherry" did earlier in the year. Songwriter Bob Crewe later said that he was inspired to write the song after he heard actor John Payne use the phase "big girls don't cry" in a 1956 movie called Slightly Scarlet. In the UK, the song reached #13.

1963 -
November 17
John Weightman, the Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, banned all students from having Beatle haircuts. In announcing his decision he said "This ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."

1971 -
November 17
Rod Stewart and The Faces release "A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse", their third LP together. The album contains the band's biggest US hit, "Stay with Me", which reaches #17, while the LP went into the US Top Ten.

1973 -
November 17
13-year-old Tony DeFranco led Canada's The DeFranco Family to the top of the Cashbox Best Sellers list with "Heartbeat - It's A Lovebeat". The song would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, but did not chart in the UK.

1974 -
November 17
ABBA kick off their first European tour in Copenhagen, playing outside of Sweden for the first time.

1979 -
November 17
Former Jethro Tull bass player John Glascock died of a heart attack in London at the age of 26. Though he recorded with the band, Glascock's long battle with heart disease kept him from touring.

November 17
The Commodores held down the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Still", their twelfth Billboard Pop chart entry.

1990 -
November 17
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is involved in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles which leaves him with a broken leg, ankle and shoulder. Police say he was speeding and not wearing a helmet.

1992 -
November 17
After a long battle to claim royalties, Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago of Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song "Why Do Fools Fall In Love".

2003 -
November 17
Arthur Conley, who recorded the 1967 hit, "Sweet Soul Music", died at his home in the town of Ruurlo in the eastern Netherlands. The 57 year old singer had been suffering from intestinal cancer and had grown progressively weak in recent weeks.

November 17
Don Gibson died of natural causes at the age of 75. Along with his Country music success, he also placed four songs on the US Pop charts, including the #7 single "Oh Lonesome Me" in 1958 and "Sea Of Heartbreak", #21 in 1961.

2004 -
November 17
J. Marc Schaffel, a former producer and business associate of Michael Jackson, filed a $3.8 million law suit against Jackson over loans and payments made on Jackson's behalf. The suit also claimed that Jackson did not fully pay Schaffel for his role in producing two television specials. In July, 2006, a jury would award Schaffel $900,000 while also giving the Pop star $200,000 for his counter-claim.

2011 -
November 17
Sheriff's deputies in South Los Angeles charged 61-year-old Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters for possessing rock cocaine after the car she was riding in was pulled over for a mechanical malfunction.

2014 -
November 17
Soul singer Jimmy Ruffin passed away in a Las Vegas hospital at the age of 78. The Collinsville, Mississippi native reached the Billboard Top 40 with "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted" (#7 in 1966), "I've Passed This Way Before" (#17 in 1966), "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got" (#29 in 1967) and "Hold On To My Love" (#10 in 1980).

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