Music History: November 2nd:
2015 80-year-old Johnny Mathis returns home from an Ohio concert to find his iconic Hollywood Hills mansion, built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, engulfed in flames. The fire consumes nearly all of the singer's possessions, save for a few mementos.
2014 English clarinetist Acker Bilk, known for the 1962 instrumental hit "Stranger On The Shore," dies at age 85 after years of health issues that included throat cancer, bladder cancer, and a stroke.
2007 A right of passage for any up-and-coming British musical act, Laura Marlingmakes her debut on Later…with Jools Holland, performing the songs "Ghosts" and "New Romantic" before a live studio audience. The former Squeeze founder's late night music variety show has become an institution in the UK, and many other networks rebroadcast it around the world.
2006 Justin Timberlake hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards, where he also wins for Best Male Artist and Best Pop Artist. Gnarls Barkley wins Best Song for "Crazy."
2006 Surprising no one, Shakira is the big winner at the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking home four statues during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The Colombian pop star wins song and record of the year awards for "La Tortura," a duet with Spaniard Alejandro Sanz. She also receives trophies for female pop vocal album and album of the year for her Spanish-language Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1.
2005 Depeche Mode is forced to cancel their tour opener in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after Hurricane Wilma devastates the area.
2003 David Cassidy guest stars on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, where he plays aging teen idol Boon Vincent. Of the character, Cassidy says: "I drew from my experiences meeting the most egotistical, egocentric human beings who have ever dawned on a stage."
2001 Country singer Buddy Starcher, known for the 1965 spoken-word recording "History Repeats Itself," dies at age 95.
2001 Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood" and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice" each take three trophies at the Billboard Music Video Awards.
1998 Viewers tune in for part two of The Temptations miniseries on NBC. Based on the autobiography of group founder Otis Williams, the film is a ratings success and is nominated for five Emmys.
1998 The Rolling Stones release No Security.
1998 President Clinton gives his first in-depth interview since the White House sex scandal to Black Entertainment Television talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley on the network's BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.
1998 Atlantic Records takes a crack at online video, launching a music video service called Instavid. A partnership with RealNetworks, it doesn't get very far, since end users have limited bandwidth.
1996 Eva Cassidy dies of cancer at age 33. Over the next few years, her music is discovered in the UK and becomes wildly popular, with her album Songbird reaching #1 in 2001.
1995 Record producer Florence Greenberg dies of heart failure at age 82. As founder of Scepter Records, she worked with hot '60s acts such as Dionne Warwick, B.J. Thomas, and The Shirelles.
1995 Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders guest stars on the Friends episode "The One with the Baby on the Bus." She sings "Angel of the Morning" and learns "Smelly Cat" from Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
1995 The syndicated R&B dance show Soul Train celebrates its 25th year on the air with guest appearances by Al Green, Diana Ross, Bill Withers, and Patti LaBelle.
1994 Ruth Tyrangiel, former girlfriend of Bob Dylan, sues for $5 million palimony, claiming the singer reneged on his promise to marry her after she helped with his business affairs and also with his songwriting.
1994 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's David Crosby is hospitalized after suffering liver failure; he's fortunate enough to find a donor for a transplant.
1991 Rock n' roll hitmaker Mort Shuman, co-writer of "Viva Las Vegas," dies of cancer at age 54.
1989 Bad Religion release their fourth full-length studio album, No Control.
1984 Marvin Gay Sr., father of singer Marvin Gaye (who added the e when he joined Motown) is found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of his son, but courts rule the action was taken in self-defense, and the elder Gay is given five years' probation.
1979 The Who's musical film Quadrophenia, featuring a small part played by Sting, opens in US theaters.
1978 David Cassidy stars in a new cop show called David Cassidy: Man Undercover. It is cancelled after 10 episodes.
1974 Nelly is born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. in Austin, Texas.
1974 Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'" hits #1.
1974 Three Dog Night's "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" enters the charts.
1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's LP So Farhits #1.
1974 George Harrison begins the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle when he performs the first night of his "Dark Horse" tour in Vancouver, BC. The tour, which is plagued by Harrison's laryngitis, is a disaster.
1973 Barbra Streisand hosts a TV special on CBS called Barbra Streisand And Other Musical Instruments. Among the "instruments": Ray Charles.
1973 Ringo Starr releases his third studio album, Ringo, in the US.
1973 Bob Dylan records "Never Say Goodbye."
1972 Carly Simon releases "You're So Vain."
1971 John Hampson (vocalist, guitarist for Nine Days) is born in the US.
1969 Reginald Arvizu (bassist for KoRn) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1969 The Rolling Stones quasi-documentary Sympathy For The Devil, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, premieres in San Francisco.
1968 Cream is presented with a platinum album for Wheels Of Fire at the Madison Square Garden stop of their farewell tour.
1967 The Beatles record "Hello Goodbye."
1966 Country blues musician Mississippi John Hurt dies of a heart attack at age 74.
1966 Dressed in full revolutionary regalia, Paul Revere & the Raiders appear on an episode of Batman.
1963 Bobby Dall (bassist for Poison) is born Robert Harry Kuykendall in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
1963 Dion performs "Donna The Prima Donna" on the British TV show Ready Steady Go!, but gets irritated when audience members dance around him. He walks out on the show even though he is slated for another song.
1963 Peter, Paul and Mary's LP In The Windhits #1.
1963 Reviewing The Beatles' concert the night before in Cheltenham, England, the British paper Daily Mirror uses the headline "Beatlemania!", effectively inserting the phrase into the popular consciousness for the first time.
1961 k.d. lang is born Kathryn Dawn Lang in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1957 Carter Beauford (drummer for The Dave Matthews Band) is born in Charlottesville, Virginia.
1956 A riot breaks out at Fats Domino's show in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with police resorting to tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Fats jumps out of a window to avoid the melee; he and two other band members are slightly injured.
1955 Julie London's "Cry Me A River" enters the charts.
1952 Maxine Nightingale is born in Wembley, London, England.
1947 Dave Pegg (bassist for Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention) is born in Acock's Green, Birmingham, England.
1945 J.D. Souther is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1945 Len "Chip" Hawkes (bassist for The Tremeloes) is born in England.
1944 Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England, where his family has been evacuated during World War II. He grows up in Worthing, Sussex, learning classical piano but later expanding into rock and jazz.
1941 Bruce Welch (guitarist, vocalist for The Shadows) is born in Bognor Regis, England.
1938 Jay Black (lead singer of Jay and the Americans) is born David Blatt in New York City, where he'll grow up in the Boro Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
1937 R&B vocalist Earl "Speedoo" Carroll (of The Cadillacs, The Coasters) is born in New York City.
1936 Adele Dixon sings "Television" on the first ever broadcast of the BBC entertainment programme Variety.
1926 Country musician Charlie Walker, known for the 1958 hit "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down," is born in Copeville, Texas.
1922 The Irving Berlin song "Crinoline Days" is copyrighted.
1920 KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. They are not the first station on the air, but the first to get the broadcast license. With consumers unsure of the benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
1887 Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, who became famous for her role as Agathe in an 1838 production of Der Freischütz, dies at age 67.
Miami Vice First #1 TV Soundtrack Since 1959
The Miami Vice soundtrack album, featuring the #1-hit theme song, tops the Albums chart in America, ushering in a new age of TV soundtracks.
2013 'N Sync reunites for Chris Kirkpatrick's wedding, as his four bandmates serve as groomsmen for his nuptials to Karly Skladany.
2012 Brian Eno's new album LUX is previewed for travelers at Tokyo International Airport, a fitting move for a composer whose 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airportswas designed for such purpose.
1999 Lil Wayne's debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot, shoots to #1 on the Billboard albums chart and goes on to sell 1.4 million copies worldwide.
1985 "Part-Time Lover" hits #1 on the Hot 100, 22 years after Stevie Wonder first topped the chart in 1963.