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Music History: November 30th:

        




2012 At the Uptown Theatre in Napa, California, 76-year-old Glen Campbell plays his final concert. It's the last stop on his Goodbye Tour, which began in September 2011 after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The tour runs much longer than expected, but when Campbell becomes disoriented during the show and struggles to get through eight songs, it becomes clear he can no longer perform.

2011 Robin Thicke's dad, actor Alan Thicke, publishes an article in The Huffington Post titled "Boomerology 101: Gangster Father," where he discusses Robin's success despite his "life as the son of a White Canadian Sitcom Dad, aka 'Street Cred Death.'"

2011 J. Blackfoot (of The Soul Children) dies of pancreatic cancer at age 65.

2011 Dubstep artist Skrillex is unexpectedly nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist - a first in Grammy history for a DJ.

2010 Seven months after being released from jail after serving three years for tax evasion, Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers releases the album Mr. I, with contributions from Lauryn Hill and T.I.

1998 Grant Gee's documentary Meeting People Is Easy, which follows Radiohead on their OK Computer tour, is released. The title is an ironic reference to the misanthropic nature of the band.

1997 The X-Files episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus" includes a Cher storyline, and culminates in the main characters attending her concert. Cher couldn't appear in the episode (a lookalike was used), but three of her songs were featured: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)," "Walking in Memphis" and "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves."

1996 "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" singer Tiny Tim (real name: Herbert B. Khaury) dies of a heart attack at age 64.

1991 Billboard changes its methodology for determining the Hot 100, using SoundScan data to track record store sales and BDS information for radio plays. SoundScan, an electronic system that counts record sales when they are rung up, replaces record store reporting, which was typically done with phone calls. BDS is a Shazam-like service that identifies songs played by radio stations, which eliminates the need for stations to report their playlists. The first #1 on the revamped chart is "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" by P.M. Dawn.

1985 "Separate Lives" by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin hits #1. The song was written by Stephen Bishop and featured in the movie White Nights.

1983 Bad Religion release their second full-length studio album Into the Unknown.

1978 Clay Aiken is born Clayton Holmes Grissom in Raleigh, North Carolina. He goes on to place second behind Ruben Studdard on the second season of American Idol.

1975 Country singer Mindy McCready is born in Fort Myers, Florida.

1974 Elton John's Greatest Hits album hits #1.

1969 Directed by Charles Grodin, the Simon & Garfunkel TV special Songs Of America airs on NBC, getting killed in the ratings by an ice skating presentation. The program has a very political tone, and marks the broadcast debut of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

1968 "Love Child" by The Supremes hits #1 in America.

1968 R&B singer Des'ree is born Desiree Annette Weeks in London, England.

1968 Sly and the Family Stone release "Everyday People."

1966 The brilliant but erratic guitarist Jeff Beck officially leaves The Yardbirds after a year and a half in the band. He later forms the Jeff Beck Group.

1965 Paul Wheeler (drummer for Icehouse) is born in Sydney, Australia.

1964 Rapper Jalil Hutchins (of Whodini) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1962 For the first time, The Beatles make the "favourite group" list in the New Musical Express' reader's poll.

1959 Bobby Darin is quoted by a UPI reporter saying he hopes "to surpass Sinatra in everything he's done."

1958 Pop singer Stacey Q, known for the 1986 hit "Two of Hearts," is born Stacey Lynn Swain in Fullerton, California. She picks up her stage name as a member of the band synthpop band Q, who borrowed its name from the James Bond tech scientist.

1958 The Crests release "16 Candles."

1957 John Ashton (guitarist for The Psychedelic Furs) is born in London, England.

1955 Billy Idol is born William Michael Albert Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex, England.

1954 George McArdle (bassist for Little River Band) is born in Melbourne, Australia.

1953 Guitarist Shuggie Otis is born Johnny Alexander Veliotes, Jr. in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of R&B pioneer Johnny Otis. Shuggie composes the 1977 crossover hit "Strawberry Letter 23" for The Brothers Johnson.

1953 June Pointer (of The Pointer Sisters) is born in Oakland, California.

1945 Deep Purple bass player Roger Glover is born in Wales.

1943 Leo Lyons (bassist for Ten Years After) is born David William Lyons in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England.

1943 Grass Roots frontman Rob Grill is born in Los Angeles, California.

1943 The Nat King Cole Trio records "Straighten Up and Fly Right."

1939 Harry James records "Concerto for Trumpet."

1937 Country singer Frank Ifield is born in Coundon, Warwickshire, England to Australian parents. Known for a string of '60s hits, including "I Remember You" and "Lovesick Blues."

1937 Jimmy Bowen, producer of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night," is born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. He starts his music career as a teen idol, singing the 1957 hit "I'm Stickin' With You."

1937 Soul singer Luther Ingram is born in Jackson, Tennessee.

1935 Country singer Jack Reno, who has a Top 10 hit in 1967 with "Repeat After Me," is born in Bloomfield, Iowa.

1932 Bob Moore is born in Nashville, Tennessee. After serving as a member of the Nashville A-Team, an acclaimed group of session musicians, in the '50s and '60s, he plays bass for Moby Grape from 1969 to 1971.

1931 Teddy Wilburn (of the country duo The Wilburn Brothers) is born in Hardy, Arkansas. In addition to recording hit records, Teddy and brother Doyle start a music publishing company and sign an up-and-coming singer named Loretta Lynn.

1924 Allan Sherman is born Allan Copelon in Chicago, Illinois. Aside from being the producer of the popular game show I've Got A Secret, he makes a living as a novelty singer, notably with the 1963 hit "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah."

1915 Folk-blues singer Brownie McGhee is born Walter Brown McGhee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Known for his longtime collaboration with harmonica player Sonny Terry.
 

Pink Floyd Release The Wall

 
1979Pink Floyd's album The Wall sees out the '70s in spectacular fashion and goes on to move over 13 million copies. The powerful concept album's themes of isolation and despair resonate with legions of fans, and it even spawns a #1 single - "Another Brick In The Wall (part II).

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1982 Michael Jackson releases Thriller, which becomes, by far, the best selling album worldwide.

1977 Bing Crosby's last Christmas special airs. The program was recorded in September, and Crosby died that October. The show is remembered for Crosby's unusual duet with David Bowie, where they sing a modified version of "Little Drummer Boy," with Bowie singing the new "Peace On Earth" lyrics composed by the show's writers.


1959 Cherie Currie is born in Encino, California. As lead singer of The Runaways she is at the core of the LA party scene in the late 1970s, leading to a lifelong struggle with drug addiction. After leaving the band acrimoniously she has a short solo career as a musician - recording with her twin sister, Marie - before becoming an actress and later a chainsaw sculptor

1940 Desi Arnaz marries Lucille Ball. The pair met on the set of the RKO musical Too Many Girls and eloped less than two months after the film's release.

1929 Dick Clark is born in Mount Vernon, New York. Dubbed the "world's oldest teenager," he becomes a cultural icon as the longtime host of American Bandstand and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

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