Sunday, November 19, 2017

More Music History for November 19, 2017

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1954 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Sammy Davis Jr. was involved in a car accident in which he lost his left eye. Sammy had released a number of singles which were mostly ignored until he signed with Decca Records in 1955, where he scored hits with "Something's Gotta Give", "Love Me or Leave Me" and "That Old Black Magic".

1955 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Carl Perkins recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" at Sun Studios in Memphis. It became his biggest Pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard chart. Elvis Presley's version, which gets more air-play these days, only managed to get to #20.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Chicago radio station WCFL is picketed by the local chapter of the Elvis Presley fan club when it refuses to play Presley's records. Despite the protest, the station did not change its policy.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
An RCA executive caused quite a stir when he told members of the press that when Elvis returns to civilian life, people will notice a great change in his style of music. Colonel Tom Parker quickly issued a statement to fans, telling them that won't be the case.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Gary Lewis records "This Diamond Ring", which will climb to number one in the US the following January. Although the single will be credited to Gary Lewis And The Playboys, the music was actually provided by studio musicians and Lewis' voice was heavily mixed with that of singer Ron Hicklin. Co-writer Al Kooper has often said that although it has been his biggest commercial success as a songwriter, he was never happy with the Lewis version.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
The Supremes enjoy their eighth US number one hit with "You Keep Me Hangin' On". It made #8 in the UK.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Diana Ross, onstage with The Supremes at the Royal Command Variety Performance in London, interrupts the show with a plea for interracial understanding. The audience, which includes members of the royal family, applauds for two minutes.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
James Brown marries Deidre Yvonne Jenkins on the front porch of her house in Barnwell, South Carolina. The pair would divorce on January 10th, 1981.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Van Morrison's 1970 album, "Moondance" is awarded a Gold record. The LP, which made it to #29 on the Hot 200, contained two hits: the title track and "Into the Mystic", and would be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
The Ramones' lead singer, Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman) suffered second degree burns when a faulty humidifier exploded before a show in Passaic, New Jersey. After emergency treatment, he finished the concert, but would spend the following week at the New York Hospital Burn Center.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Tom Evens of Badfinger died at the age of 36. Like his band mate Pete Ham, Evens also hanged himself. Paul McCartney had chosen Evens to sing lead on the band's 1970, #7 hit, "Come And Get It".

1992 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Songwriter Bobby Russell, who wrote many US Top 40 hits including "Honey" and "Little Green Apples", died of heart disease at the age of 51. Russell scored a hit of his own in 1971 with "Saturday Morning Confusion" which reached the Top 25 on the Country charts and the Top 30 on the Pop charts. In 1973 he composed "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", which became a number one hit for his wife, Vicki Lawrence.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
A 60 track album called "Beatles Anthology I" is released in the US and sets a first-day sales record of 450,000 units.

November 19
The latest James Bond movie, Goldeneye opens in the US, featuring the title song by Tina Turner.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Michael Jackson shocked onlookers in Berlin after appearing to dangle his baby, Prince Michael II, from a fifth-floor hotel balcony.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Meat Loaf collapsed onstage during a sold-out concert at London's Wembley Arena. He reportedly tried to continue his performance before being advised by paramedics on the scene to cancel the show.

November 19
Greg Ridley, bassist for Humble Pie, died of pneumonia and resulting complications. He was 56.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Kevin DuBrow, the charismatic lead singer for Quiet Riot, died at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 52.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Ringo Starr announced that he teamed up with his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney for a duet on "Y Not", the drummer's forthcoming solo album due out Jan. 12, 2010.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
Barry Manilow placed his 50th song on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart when "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" debuted at #22. He became just the fifth artist to accomplish that feat in the AC chart's 51-year history. At that time, Elton John led with 68, followed by Barbra Streisand (64), Neil Diamond (58) and Elvis Presley (53).

2016 - ClassicBands.com

November 19
An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, written after The Beatles' break-up, sold at a US auction for nearly $30,000. In the two-page typed draft with handwritten notes, Lennon criticised the McCartneys for their treatment of him and his wife, Yoko Ono. Using strong language, he said he hoped they realised the trouble "you and the rest of my 'kind and unselfish' friends laid on Yoko and me, since we've been together."

November 19
Stevie Nicks made a surprise return to the Billboard 200 when a re-issue of her 1981 debut solo album, "Bella Donna", climbed to #128. The LP had been recently expanded to include 25 additional tracks.

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