Monday, November 20, 2017

More Music History for November 20, 2017

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1955 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
After the staff of The Ed Sullivan Show requested he sing "Sixteen Tons", Bo Diddley instead performs "Bo Diddley" live on the Sunday night TV show. Sullivan was so infuriated, Bo would never be invited back. The singer later recalled, "Ed Sullivan said that I was one of the first colored boys to ever double-cross him. Said that I wouldn't last six months." Diddley would prove Sullivan wrong, as he released 11 albums between 1958 and 1963.

November 20
RCA Victor buys Elvis Presley's contract from Sun Records for $40,000. The deal was inked at New York's Warwick Hotel and gave Elvis $13,500 for signing.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
Rock and Roll disc jockey Alan Freed is fired from WABC television in New York for refusing to say that he never accepted payola. Eight days later he would be canned from WNEW-TV New York.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
With the Twist craze sweeping across North America, Billboard reports that WOR-TV, New York, has shot a series of one and five minute Twist lessons with Chubby Checker, to be shown hourly every day.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
"I Hear A Symphony" becomes The Supremes' sixth US number one single. The trio had their streak of five chart toppers in a row interrupted by "Nothing But Heartaches", which stalled at number 11.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
19 year old Arlo Guthrie released an album called "Alice's Restaurant". When the eighteen minute long title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival, it helped foster a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of Alice's Restaurant, directed by Arthur Penn.

November 20
The Beach Boys' album, "Smiley Smile", co-produced by Paul McCartney, is released in Britain and The United States. Unfortunately, the album would fail to reach the top forty in either country and the single, "Vegetables", would not chart at all. Facing the Beach Boys dwindling popularity sends leader Brian Wilson further into reclusiveness.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
A 19 year old fan of The Who, Scot Halpin, got the thrill of a lifetime when he was recruited from the audience to replace an exhausted Keith Moon, who was suffering from jet lag. The young man lasted only three songs, when he also was too tired to continue.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
The Bay City Rollers' Les McKeown is found not guilty of causing the death of a 76 year old woman that he had hit with his car the previous May. Witnesses said that Euphemia Clunie was walking across the road and had changed directions four times. McKeown was convicted of driving recklessly and fined 150 pounds and prohibited from driving for a year.

November 20
The Who kick off a month-long American tour at The Summit in Houston. At a party afterwards, bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct and spends a few hours in jail.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
Paul Simon hosts NBC's Saturday Night Live where he duets with George Harrison on "Here Comes The Sun" and "Homeward Bound". Paul McCartney and John Lennon are both in New York and watching the show on TV.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
The largest crowd to see the unveiling of a Hollywood Walk-of-Fame star turned out as Michael Jackson got his piece of the sidewalk right in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The Gloved One became star number 1,793 on the famed walk.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million contract with Virgin Records, making them Rock's highest paid group. That record has since been eclipsed. Their deal called on the band to make 3 albums over 6 years.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
Madonna's childhood home in Oakland County Michigan, sold at an auction in just 12 minutes. The house, along with a few items of Rock memorabilia, was purchased for $331,000.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
Stevie Wonder was said to be "highly upset" over his mother's book, Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway. In it, she wrote that Stevie lost his virginity to a prostitute, a story that had been printed elsewhere. The allegation was deleted from later editions of the book.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
Phil Spector, known for his creation of the Wall of Sound, was charged with murder in connection with the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector was first arrested on February 3, 2002 after police found Clarkson's body in a pool of blood at the entrance to Spector's mansion.

November 20
Michael Jackson flew to Santa Barbara to be arrested. He was seen in handcuffs being taken into the police station. The singer had his mug shot and fingerprints taken before being freed on $3 million bail.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
Madonna topped Forbes list of the highest-paid musicians in the world with an estimated $125 million in earnings over the past year. Lady Gaga was second with $80 million, followed by Bon Jovi at $79 million, Toby Keith made $65 million, and Coldplay amassed $64 million.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

November 20
Jeff Lynne's ELO played their first real date in the US in over thirty years at New York's tiny Irving Plaza. The show, which sold out in seconds, was deemed an overwhelming success.

November 20
Fleetwood Mac's drummer Mick Fleetwood was granted a divorce from his wife of twenty years, Lynn Frankel Fleetwood.

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