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Music History: November 8th:
2012 Tragedy strikes at a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa, when high winds cause scaffolding to collapse. This sends an advertisement tower plummeting into the crowd of fans in the parking lot after the show, killing one and injuring 19 more.
2011 The singer Charlotte Church testifies to the Leveson Inquiry, which is investigating claims that reporters from News of the World hacked the phones of various celebrities.
2008 AC/DC starts a two-week run at #1 in the US with Black Ice, the band's 15th studio album. It goes to #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada and England.
2007 At the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Elvis Costello performs his debut album, My Aim Is True, with the band Clover. When Costello recorded the album in 1976, Clover was his backing band. Members of that group went on to form Huey Lewis & the News. The show is a benefit for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund.
2005 French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin during a show held at the Olympia venue in Paris. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter wins for her second album, Le Fil (Virgin). The prize jury includes 18 media and retail professionals and is chaired by French rocker Alain Bashung.
2004 Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Neil Thrasher, and Emmylou Harris and EMI Music Publishing are the top honorees at the 42nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, held at Nashville's Opryland Hotel.
2002 David Gilmour, longtime guitarist for Pink Floyd, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
2001 Limp Bizkit are the big winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards, winning Best Album for Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.
2000 The Secure Digital Music Initiative announces that two of its proposed technologies did not survive being attacked as part of the "Hack SDMI" challenge. The competition invited all comers to attempt removal of copyright protection from particular files, based on a specific set of criteria.
1999 Jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie dies of liver cancer at age 58.
1997 Dr. Tommy Comeaux (of Beausoleil), age 45, is killed in a bicycling accident in Louisiana.
1997 After a series of scrapes with the law and other misfortunes, Johnny Paycheck is welcomed by the country music community as he officially joins the Grand Ole Opry.
1995 Sony gets control to the publishing rights to many Beatles songs when Michael Jackson merges his ATV Music Publishing with Sony Music Publishing. Jackson purchased the Beatles catalog in 1985.
1994 A&M Records releases Woodstock 1994, an album documenting the Woodstock '94 festival that took place in Saugerties, New York, three months earlier. The two-disc set includes live performances from 27 artists, including Joe Cocker ("Feelin' Alright"), The Cranberries ("Dreams"), Green Day ("When I Come Around") and Bob Dylan ("Highway 61 Revisited").
1994 A memorial service is held for legendary guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, late of the MC5 and The Sonics, at Mariner's Church in Detroit.
1994 Lauren Alaina, the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol, is born.
1988 Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.
1987 Generating footage for their Rattle and Hum documentary, U2 plays a free "Save the Yuppie" concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. An arrest warrant is issued for Bono after he spray paints "Rock n Roll Stops Traffic" on a fountain sculpture.
1987 The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson marries his second wife, Gina Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean Martin.
1985 Miles Davis guest stars on Miami Vice, playing a pimp named Ivory Jones.More
1977 Country singer Bucky Covington is born William Joel Covington III, along with identical twin brother Robert, in Rockingham, North Carolina. Bucky will go on to compete on Season 5 of American Idol, taking eighth place.
1977 Glam queen Suzi Quatro makes her first appearance as Leather Tuscadero, the little sister of Fonzie's girlfriend Pinky, on ABC-TV's Happy Days.
1976 George Harrison releases The Best Of George Harrison.
1975 John Lennon names his good friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.
1975 David Bowie makes his US television debut on the CBS variety show, Cher, performing "Fame." Bowie also sings a medley of tracks with Cher.
1974 R&B singer-songwriter Ivory Joe Hunter dies of lung cancer at age 60. Chart-topping hits include "Pretty Mama Blues" (1947), "I Almost Lost My Mind" (1949), "I Need You So" (1950), and "Since I Met You Baby" (1956).
1973 Bob Dylan records "Forever Young" and "On A Night Like This."
1971 Paul McCartney throws a party at London's Empire Ballroom to officially launch his new group, Wings.
1970 Reggae singer Diana King is born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica. She cameos on The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 song "Respect" before landing a recording contract with Sony Music.
1970 Jim Morrison of The Doors makes the spoken-word recordings which would later become the basis of the group's album An American Prayer.
1969 "Wedding Bell Blues" by The 5th Dimension hits #1 in America. The song was written and originally recorded by Laura Nyro.
1968 Diana Ross leaves The Supremes to begin her solo career and is replaced by Jean Terrell.
1968 John Lennon's divorce from first wife Cynthia is finalized, without Lennon present; the Beatle is at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London with Yoko Ono, currently pregnant with the child she will miscarry later in the month.
1967 Nilsson records "Everybody's Talkin'."
1965 The Dave Clark Five perform for Queen Elizabeth II at London's annual Royal Variety Performance.
1965 The Beatles record "Think For Yourself."
1964 Judy Garland and daughter Liza Minnelli perform together at the London Palladium, a performance recorded for American television and the LP Live At The London Palladium.
1963 Dick Clark begins his latest "Caravan of Stars" tour in Teaneck, New Jersey, featuring The Ronettes, Little Eva, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, and the Dovells.
1962 A bullet is fired at Motown's tour bus while traveling through Savannah, Georgia, but fortunately none of the (all African-American) stars are hurt.
1961 The Beach Boys release their first single, "Surfin'."
1961 Leif Garrett is born Leif Per Nervik in Hollywood, California.
1961 Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein calls Liverpool's Cavern Club to see when The Beatles would next be performing, with the intent to see if their live show matched their reputation.
1957 Elvis Presley's third movie, Jailhouse Rock, opens nationally. It had a premiere a few weeks earlier at the Memphis theater where Elvis was once an usher.
1954 Rickie Lee Jones is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1952 The British music paper New Musical Express (NME) publishes its first record chart. The first #1: Al Martino's "Here In My Heart."
1949 Bonnie Raitt is born in Burbank, California.
1947 Soul singer Minnie Riperton is born in Bronzeville, Chicago, Illinois.
1946 Rocker Roy Wood (of The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard) is born in Kitts Green, Birmingham, England.
1945 Don Murray (drummer for The Turtles) is born in Inglewood, California.
1944 Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney and Bonnie) is born Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell in Alton, Illinois.
1942 Johnny Perez (drummer for the Sir Douglas Quintet) is born San Antonio, Texas.
1941 Multi-instrumentalist Rodney Slater (of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) is born in Crowland, Lancashire, England.
1939 Frank Sinatra records "Every Day Of My Life" and "Ciribiribin," his last two songs with Harry James' band.
1932 Legendary songwriting team Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's first production, Music In The Air, opens on Broadway.
1927 Ken Dodd, comedian and UK hitmaker, is born in Liverpool, England.
1927 Patti Page is born in Claremore, Oklahoma.
1890 Belgian composer Cesar Franck dies of a respiratory infection at age 67.
1887 Emile Berliner is granted the first patent for the gramophone. In the 1890s, he starts manufacturing gramophone players and discs, but in the early 1900s the Victor Talking Machine company becomes the market leader.
2016 Despite strident support from a passel of stars including Katy Perry, Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen, Hillary Clinton loses the US presidential election to Donald Trump, whose supporters include Ted Nugent, Loretta Lynn and Wayne Newton. Miley Cyrus, who said she would move if Trump was elected, decides to stay in the country.
2014 As artists realize they can get paid to go on a cruises, many take advantage of the opportunity, including the country duo Florida Georgia Line, who conveniently have a hit song called "Cruise."More
2002 8 Mile, a semi-biographical look at Eminem's early days as a struggling rapper in Detroit, opens in theaters. The film is a critical and commercial success, and Eminem becomes the first hip-hop artist to win an Academy Award when "Lose Yourself" is named Best Original Song.
1994 Sonny Bono, half of Sonny and Cher and former mayor of Palm Springs, Calfornia, is elected to the US House of Representatives, representing the 44th district in California.
1986 "Amanda" by Boston hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks. It's the band's only chart-topper.
1974 Connie Francis, who was one of the biggest stars of the '60s, is attacked in her Howard Johnson's hotel room and raped at knifepoint. Devastated by the attack, she doesn't perform for another seven years. Two years later, she is awarded over $3 million in her lawsuit against the hotel chain.