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Music History: November 9th:
2015 Allen Toussaint dies at age 77. A giant in the New Orleans musician scene, he wrote "Southern Nights," which was a #1 hit for Glen Campbell in 1977.
2012 Soul singer Major Harris (of The Delfonics) dies of congestive heart and lung failure at age 65.
2010 Rapper Wiz Khalifa is arrested in Greenville, North Carolina, on drug charges after authorities smell marijuana coming from his tour bus. Police find 60 grams of pot after searching the vehicle. Khalifa is booked and released on a $300,000 bond. The rapper's lawyers are able to reduce the charge to personal possession and Khalifa avoids jail time.
2010 Chris Tomlin ties the knot with his long-term girlfriend, Lauren Bricken.
2010 A three-alarm fire in a warehouse where Neil Young stored everything from vintage cars to guitar cases causes damage estimated at about $800,000. The cause is promptly being investigated, but fire officials say they don't find any evidence of arson.
2009 Gary Glitter suffers the ultimate indignation when he is executed for child rape in a Channel 4 TV dramatization.
2008 "Pata Pata" singer Miriam Makeba dies of a heart attack at age 76 after performing at a concert in Castel Volturno, Italy.
2006 At the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Alicia Keys and David Bowie perform "Changes" at a benefit for the Keep a Child Alive organization, which helps disadvantaged children in Africa. It is Bowie's final performance, as his health deteriorates and he withdraws from the public eye.
2004 Kenny Chesney is the big winner at the Country Music Assn. (CMA) Awards, held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Chesney, who had never won a CMA award, scores both the Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year trophies. The latter is for his No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems set.
1999 Faith Hill releases her fourth album, Breathe. A huge crossover hit, it debuts at #1 in America and wins a Grammy Award for Best Country Album.
1998 Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Bland receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1998 Rick James suffers a stroke after a blood vessel ruptures in his neck while he is head banging during a performance in Denver, Colorado. A spokesman later comments, "The doctor called it a result of rock'n'roll neck, the repeated rhythmic whiplash motion of the head and neck."
1998 Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit over stories and pictures in the London Daily Mirror that say his face had been disfigured by cosmetic surgery. "The photographs were taken honestly and were not tampered with, but the Mirror has since met with the plaintiff in person and acknowledges that the photographs do not accurately represent the plaintiff's true appearance," says a lawyer for the publisher.
1996 For the first time, Bob Dylan licenses one of his songs for commercial use, in this case, "The Times They Are A Changin'" to the Bank of Montreal.
1993 R. Kelly releases his debut album, 12 Play. It peaks at #2 on the Billboard 200 and holds the top spot on the R&B albums chart for nine weeks.
1991 Singer/actor Yves Montand, age 70, dies of a heart attack in France while filming the movie IP5: The Island of Pachyderms. Oddly enough, he plays an old man who dies of a heart attack.
1990 The IRS comes after Willie Nelson, who owes $16 million in back taxes. His assets, including master tapes, clothing and gold records, are seized. Nelson saves his favorite guitar, Trigger, by having it sent to Maui before the feds arrive.
1978 Sisqo (lead singer of the R&B quartet Dru Hill) is born Mark Althavean Andrews in Baltimore, Maryland.
1977 Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" is certified Gold.
1976 Frank Zappa's album Overnite Sensation is certified Gold.
1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" hits #1.
1974 Carole King's LP Wrap Around Joy hits #1.
1973 Nick Lachey (lead singer of 98 Degrees) is born in Harlan, Kentucky.
1973 Billy Joel releases his second album, Piano Man.
1973 Bob Dylan records "Wedding Song."
1971 Elvis Presley releases "Merry Christmas, Baby."
1971 Carly Simon attends James Taylor's concert at Carnegie Hall and the two fall madly in love.
1970 Blues musician Susan Tedeschi is born in Boston.
1970 Rapper Scarface is born Brad Terrence Jordan in Houston, Texas. Borrowing his stage name from the 1983 Al Pacino film Scarface, he joins the Geto Boys before going solo.
1969 Sandra Denton (aka Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa) is born in Kingston, Jamaica. She spends her childhood in Queens, New York, and Logan, Utah.
1968 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant marries his first wife, Maureen, in London. The couple holds the wedding reception at the local club "The Roundhouse," where the group plays its first London gig.
1967 In a battle of egos, The Byrds's Roger McGuinn boots David Crosby from the group. Crosby is replaced by Gene Clark and goes on to form Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young instead.
1966 John Lennon visits London's Indica Gallery to see the exhibit Unfinished Paintings and Objects and meets the artist behind the showing, Yoko Ono. She presents him with a card that simply says, "Breathe," and he responds by panting. He attempts to hammer a nail into one of her interactive artworks, which invites viewers to do just that; since the exhibit does not open to the public till the next day, however, Ono refuses, leading the gallery's owner to beg her to reconsider due to John's fame. Ono still refuses, claiming to have never heard of The Beatles, but says he can hammer one in for five shillings. John responds that he'll let her have an imaginary five shillings if he can hammer in an imaginary nail. Two years later, the two would meet again and quickly fall in love.
1966 According to the "Paul Is Dead" rumors, this was the day Paul McCartney "blew his mind out in a car," meeting his doom and being replaced with a lookalike.
1964 Elvis Presley releases "Blue Christmas" b/w "Wooden Heart."
1962 The Miracles release "You've Really Got A Hold On Me."
1961 Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein visits the local Cavern Club to check out the lunchtime show by a band he's heard a lot about... The Beatles. After weeks of soul-searching, he becomes their manager.
1960 Dee Clark records "Your Friends."
1960 Elvis Presley begins filming his seventh movie, Wild In The Country.
1959 Johnny Mathis' LP Heavenly hits #1.
1959 Sam Cooke is guaranteed $100,000 by RCA if he chooses to leave his current home, Keen Records.
1958 Elvis Presley's massive hit "Hound Dog" - with "Don't Be Cruel" on the flip side - becomes only the third record in history to sell more than three million copies, following Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" and Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer."
1955 The Everly Brothers, recently signed to Columbia as a country act, cut their first tracks in a studio lodged in Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel. The four recordings, which take only 22 minutes to lay down, yield no hits, and the duo is soon dropped from the label.
1948 Joe Bauchard (bassist for Blue Oyster Cult) is born in Watertown, New York.
1948 Alan Gratzer (drummer for REO Speedwagon) is born in Syracuse, New York.
1946 Pop singer-songwriter Benny Mardones is born Ruben Armand Mardones in Cleveland, Ohio.
1944 Phil May (lead singer of Pretty Things) is born Philip Arthur Dennis Wadey in Dartford, Kent, England.
1943 Lee Graziano (drummer, trumpet player for The American Breed) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1943 Dennis Provisor (keyboardist for The Grass Roots) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1941 Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival) is born in Berkeley, California.
1937 Roger McGough (of The Scaffold) is born in Litherland, Lancashire, England.
1936 Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) is born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1858 Today marks the first performance of the New York Symphony Orchestra.
1845 Elizabeth Reed Napier is born. She provides the title for the The Allman Brothers Band song "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" when Dickey Betts sees her headstone at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia.
1967The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published, with a photo of John Lennon on the cover and items about David Crosby, The Who and Country Joe McDonald (of Country Joe & the Fish).
2002 Madonna breaks The Beatles' record for most Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 when "Die Another Day" goes to #8, giving her 35 Top 10 hits on the chart.
1999 Fiona Apple releases her second album. The title is 90 words long, so it is usually listed as When The Pawn....More
1999 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's 1997 "Candle In The Wind" is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
1993 The first Wu-Tang Clan album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is released. The album becomes a hardcore rap landmark and proof that a 9-man hip-hop collective can succeed.More
1985 The Miami Vice Theme hits #1 on the Hot 100.More