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Music History: November 10th:
2013 At the MTV Europe Awards, Miley Cyrus smokes a joint while accepting her Best Video award for "Wrecking Ball." The ceremony is held in Amsterdam, so it's legal.
2012 No longer an item: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. The pair announce their break-up after dating for about a year.
Bieber plays an acoustic version of "Cry Me A River" at his show in Boston. A decade earlier, Justin Timberlake wrote the song about his split with Britney Spears.
2006 R&B singer-songwriter Gerald Levert, age 40, dies of acute intoxication after taking various prescription painkillers combined with Xanax and antihistamines. The death is ruled accidental.
2003 The paperback version of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain's Journals is released, sparking renewed interest in the dead rock star. A disorganized collection of his writings and drawings, the front cover warns, "if you read, you'll judge."
2003 An emotional tribute to the recently deceased Johnny Cash is held at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium, featuring classic Cash songs performed by Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, and Steve Earle, among others.
2003 David Bowie is forced to cancel the remainder of his gig in Nice, France, when laryngitis causes his voice to give out in the middle of "Ziggy Stardust." Doctors assign Bowie three days rest.
2002 Johnny Griffith dies of a heart attack at age 66. As a keyboardist for Motown's in-house band, The Funk Brothers, he played several of the labels hits, including "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Stop! In the Name of Love."
2001 Country singer Chalee Tennison and guitarist Mark Gillespie marry following a three-year courtship. The marriage is Tennison's fourth and Gillespie's first.
2000 Singer-songwriter Billy Yates makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, performing his single "What Do You Want From Me Now."
1998 On their way to perform at the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards at Milan's Fila Forum, British girl group All Saints are held up for six hours in London by a walkout of Milan airport employees.
1997 Hollywood session guitarist Tommy Tedesco dies of lung cancer at age 67. Aside from playing on classic TV themes such as The Twilight Zone, Batman, and M*A*S*H, he recorded with a number of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley.
1994 Jazz singer Carmen McRae dies at age 72, a month after suffering a stroke.
1994 Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant perform an all-acoustic version of "Stairway To Heaven" while visiting a Japanese talk show.
1990 Ronnie Dyson dies of heart failure at age 40. The stage actor, known for his lead vocal on the Hair theme "Aquarius," launched his recording career with the Top 10 hit "(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?" in 1970.
1990 In a sign that pop and rap have fused together, To the Extreme by Vanilla Ice replaces MC Hammer's Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em at #1 on the US albums chart.
1986 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band releases Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live: 1975-85; it sells one-million copies in one day.
1983 Billy Idol releases the LP Rebel Yell.
1979 Chris Joannou (bass player for Silverchair) is born Christophoros John Joannou in Newcastle, Australia.
1979 The Eagles' "Heartache Tonight" hits #1.
1978 Rapper Eve is born Eve Jihan Jeffers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1975 The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks suddenly in Lake Superior during a storm, killing all 29 men aboard and inspiring Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot to write a song about the tragedy, "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald."
1975 Queen shoots the video for "Bohemian Rhapsody," which according to director Bruce Gowers, takes about four hours. It airs repeatedly on the British show Top Of The Pops and helps the song become one of the most popular in UK history.
1973 Elton John's LP Goodbye Yellow Brick Road hits #1 in America.
1973 Eddie Kendricks' "Keep On Truckin'" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1973 John Lennon meets with legendary producer Phil Spector in New York to begin work on an album of oldies covers entitled Rock 'n' Roll.
1970 Rapper Warren G is born Warren Griffin III in Long Beach, California.
1970 Martha Reeves (of The Vandellas) gives birth to her first and only son, Eric.
1968 Jefferson Airplane makes their third appearance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and this time their lead singer Grace Slick does the black power salute at the end of their performance.
1967 The Moody Blues release "Nights In White Satin."
1967 The Beatles film three separate videos for their new single, "Hello Goodbye," at London's Saville Theatre. The three are eventually edited together to form one video, but the BBC, which has just given in to a Musician's Union ban on lip-syncing, refuses to air the clip.
1966 British newspapers break the news that The Beatles will indeed refuse all future offers to tour.
1966 The Electric Prunes release "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night."
1965 Marianne Faithfull gives birth to her first child, Nicholas, from artist John Dunbar.
1965 The Beatles record "The Word" and "I'm Looking Through You."
1959 Frank Maudsley (bass guitarist for A Flock of Seagulls) is born in Liverpool, England.
1958 Lou Rawls, who is fronting a group called the Travelers, is badly injured in a car accident in Marion, Arkansas, that also involves Sam Cooke, who is headlining the tour. The driver, Edward Cunningham, dies in the accident.
1958 Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1958 Billboard magazine reports that Dick Clark's American Bandstand show on ABC is the hottest merchandising opportunity on television, noting that sales of Beechnut gum have doubled since the company begin buying ad space on the program.
1956 Billboard magazine's DJ survey reveals that Elvis Presley is the country's number one male artist on both the pop and country charts.
1955 In his Nashville hotel room, songwriter Mae Axton plays Elvis Presley a demo of a song she's co-written called "Heartbreak Hotel."
1954 Mario Cipollina (bassist for Huey Lewis and the News) is born in San Rafael, California.
1950 Ronnie Hammond (former frontman for Atlanta Rhythm Section) is born in Macon, Georgia.
1947 Country/pop singer Dave Loggins, known for "Please Come to Boston" (1974), is born in Mountain City, Tennessee.
1947 Glen Buxton (guitarist for Alice Cooper Band) is born in Akron, Ohio.
1947 Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is born in Poole, Dorset, England.
1945 Country singer Donna Fargo is born Yvonne Vaughan in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" and "Funny Face," both crossover pop hits in 1972.
1944 Lyricist Tim Rice, known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, is born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. He would also co-write the hit "A Whole New World" from Aladdin and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King, a partnership with Elton John.
1940 Screaming Lord Sutch is born David Edward Sutch in Hampstead, London, England.
1939 Rock singer Tommy Facenda is born in Portsmouth, Virginia.
1939 Muggsy Spanier records "Dipper Mouth Blues."
1932 Pianist Paul Bley is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1916 Billy May - trumpeter, composer, and arranger - is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Arranged Frank Sinatra's acclaimed concept albums Come Fly with Me (1958), Come Dance with Me! (1959) and Come Swing with Me! (1961).
1907 Actress/singer Jane Froman is born in University City, Missouri. She would inspire the 1952 film With a Song in My Heart: The Jane Froman Story, starring Susan Hayward.
1969Sesame Street debuts on American public television. Many of the lessons are taught with songs, and in later seasons, musicians drop by to help out. Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks and Alicia Keys are among the many to appear on the show. The two big names that turn down offers: Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.
Featured Events2007 For the first time, country(ish) artists occupy the top three spots on the US albums chart:
1) Carrie Underwood - Carnival Ride
2) Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
3) Gary Allan - Living Hard
2002 Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on The Simpsons in an episode where they run a rock and roll fantasy camp. The first rule of the camp: There are no rules! Second rule: No outside food.
1992 Ween's major-label debut, Pure Guava, is released on Elektra records. The album features the single "Push th' Little Daisies," which gets them attention on MTV after being featured on the channel's animated series Beavis and Butt-head. During the clip, Butt-head quips, "These guys have no future."More
1988 After a 6-year hiatus where he waits out the '80s, Steve Miller starts touring again, kicking off with a show in Burlington, Vermont.
1979 "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang becomes first rap song to hit the Billboard Hot 100, entering the chart at #84.More
1938 On her radio show, Kate Smith sings the Irving Berlin song "God Bless America" for the first time, introducing it to the country. Berlin composed the song for a 1918 musical he wrote, but he decided not to use it.More