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Music History: November 17th:
2016 Peter Gabriel launches the "Imprisoned For Art" campaign, an effort to free prisoners around the world who have been sent to jail for opposing their governments.
2014 Soul singer Jimmy Ruffin dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 78. His hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (1966) and "Hold On (To My Love)" (1980).
2006 R&B singer Ruth Brown dies after suffering a heart attack and stroke at age 78. Known for '50s hits like "So Long," "Teardrops From My Eyes," and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean."
2006 Icelandic rock act the Sugarcubes take the stage in Reykjavik for the first time in 14 years. The group, whose most famous alumnus is Björk, reassembles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut single, "Birthday."
2003 Songwriter and country musician Don Gibson dies of natural causes at age 75. Wrote the country standards "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You."
2003 Soul singer Arthur Conley dies of intestinal cancer in Ruurlo, Netherlands, at age 57.
2003 After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital with what a publicist terms "exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection" but what is actually an irregular heartbeat requiring emergency surgery.
2003 Tori Amos releases Tales of a Librarian.
2003 Let It Be... Naked, a stripped-down version of The Beatles' Let It Be album, is released. Phil Spector produced the original, and the new release removed his lavish strings and other accoutrements.
2000 Nickelodeon releases the film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, an event significant in the music world because its soundtrack includes "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men. The song becomes a worldwide hit, charting in the Top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. It even becomes the unofficial anthem for New Year's Eve parties going into 2001.
1998 The Offspring release their fourth studio album, Americana, with the hit "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)."
1998 Retailers in the US are hit with a wave of superstar releases on what the industry dubs "Super Tuesday." Among the sets released are Garth Brooks: Double Live, Whitney Houston's My Love is Your Love, Mariah Carey's #1's, Jewel's Spirit, and three soundtracks associated with the animated film The Prince of Egypt.
1997 Shania Twain's second album, The Woman in Me, is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million copies.
1995 The Monkees, sans Mike Nesmith, guest star on the Boy Meets World episode "Rave On," with Peter Tork playing Topanga's father, Jedediah Lawrence.
1995 Folk rocker Alan Hull (of Lindisfarne) dies suddenly of heart thrombosis at age 50.
1994 Bob Dylan begins taping his episode of MTV's Unplugged at New York's Sony Studios.
1993 Ritchie Blackmore plays a concert in Helsinki with Deep Purple, then quits the band for the second and final time, in the middle of a tour.
1992 Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago, former members of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, are awarded $4 million in back royalties from a music publisher for their 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?"
1990 While speeding without a helmet, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) crashes his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Los Angeles, breaking his shoulder, left leg, and ankle.
1984 Ten weeks after its first appearance in the Hot 100 at #80, Wham!'s single "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" reaches #1. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley hold their lead for three weeks.
1980 Isaac Hanson (of Hanson), the oldest in the trio of brothers, is born Clarke Isaac Hanson in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1980 The annual "Royal Command Performance" in London features Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr. singing for England's Queen Elizabeth II.
1980 John Lennon releases Double Fantasy. A few weeks later, he is shot and killed, and the album quickly goes to #1 in many countries.
1979 John Glascock (bass guitarist for Jethro Tull) dies at age 28 of a congenital heart valve defect paired with an infection from an abscessed tooth.
1979 The Commodores' "Still" hits #1.
1978 During Bob Dylan's show at the San Diego Sports Arena, an audience member throws a silver Christian cross onstage, which the singer picks up and pockets. Perhaps coincidentally, Dylan enters his "Christian period" the next year.
1976 Olivia Newton-John's first TV special, A Very Special Olivia Newton-John, is broadcast on ABC.
1975 Tommy Bolin's debut solo album, Teaser, is released. The album runs the gamut stylistically, and spawns the rocking title track, which Mötley Crüe covers years later.
1974 ABBA play their first gig outside Sweden, opening at the Kalkonerteater in Copenhagen on their first European tour.
1971 Bob Dylan releases Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 2.
1917 The Faces release A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... To A Blind Horse.
1970 Elton John plays live in a recording studio, accompanied by just two musicians: Dee Murray on bass and Nigel Olsson on drums. Broadcast on WABC-FM (which would later become WPLJ), it's the first live FM broadcast from a music studio. The recording would later be released as 17-11-70, Elton's first live album.
1967 Ronnie DeVoe (of New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe) is born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
1967 Ben Wilson (keyboardist for Blues Traveler) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1967 Davy Jones of The Monkees opens a boutique called Zilch I, named after a Monkees song, in New York's Greenwich Village.
1963 Headmaster John Weightman of Surrey Grammar School in Guildford, England, bans the popular Beatle "moptop" haircuts, explaining that "this ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."
1963 Singer Tommy Sands joins his wife, Nancy Sinatra, to perform "Old Straw Hat" and "Hey Good Lookin'" on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.
1962 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by The Four Seasons. It holds the top spot for five weeks.
1959 Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos dies in Rio de Janeiro at age 72.
1958 The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" hits #1 in America.
1957 Jim Babjak (lead guitarist for The Smithereens) is born in Carteret, New Jersey, where he would meet bandmates Dennis Diken and Mike Mesaros in high school.
1953 "Rags to Riches" by Tony Bennett is #1 on all three US Billboard charts (jukeboxes, sales, radio).
1952 Dean Paul Martin (of Dino, Desi and Billy) is born to Dean Martin and his second wife, Jeanne Biegger.
1951 Eddy Howard's "Sin (It's No Sin)" hits #1.
1948 Iain Sutherland (of Sutherland Brothers And Quiver) is born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
1947 Rod Clements (bass guitarist, violinist for Lindisfarne) is born Roderick Parry Clements in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England.
1947 Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (vocalist, keyboardist for The Nazz) is born in Newport, Rhode Island.
1946 Martin Barre (guitarist for Jethro Tull) is born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England.
1944 Gene Clark (tambourine player, guitarist, vocalist for The Byrds) is born Harold Eugene Clark in Tipton, Missouri.
1943 After celebrating opening night of the Broadway revival A Connecticut Yankee with his songwriting partner Richard Rodgers, lyricist Lorenz Hart disappears for two days. A struggling alcoholic, he's discovered incapacitated in a hotel room where he's been drinking heavily. He dies shortly after from pneumonia.
1942 Bob Gaudio (of The Four Seasons) is born in the Bronx, New York, but would be raised in Bergenfield, New Jersey. His first taste of fame came at age 15 from co-writing the Royal Teens' hit "Short Shorts."
1938 Gordon Lightfoot is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1937 Gerry McGee (lead guitarist for The Ventures) is born in Eunice, Louisiana.
Guns N' Roses Get Rolling Stone Cover Over Aerosmith
1988 Guns N' Roses gets the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, "Hard-Rock Heroes." The magazine compiled the story that summer when the band was on tour as the opening act for Aerosmith. Aerosmith assumed they were getting the cover, but by the end of the tour, their opening act had become more popular.
2000 Cher makes her first appearance on the TV show Will and Grace, in the episode "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed."
1988 Unable to deny his sexual orientation any longer, Elton John divorces from German recording engineer Renate Blauel, whom he married in 1984.
1979 The Guinness Book of World Records verifies ABBA as the biggest-selling recording group in history.
1978 The Police's debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, is released. The working title "Police Brutality" is changed to make is sound more romantic. The title loosely translates as "Outlaws of Love" but the term "Outlandos" is actually a mix of the words for "Outlaws" and "Commandos."
1966 Jeff Buckley, known as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead to his family, is born in Los Angeles, California.More
1962 The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" hits #1 in the US.
1960 TV personality RuPaul, known for the hit "Supermodel (You Better Work)" is born RuPaul Andre Charles in San Diego, California.