Music History: November 3rd:
2015 Months after 1000 singers and musicians in Cesena, Italy perform "Learn to Fly" in an effort to entice Foo Fighters to play there, the group complies, performing a concert in the city.
2010 UB40 performs a gig at the Rainbow pub in Digbeth, Birmingham, helping the club raise money to soundproof their roof after a series of noise complaints. 500 fans are given a rare chance to see the band play up close and personal in this intimate setting.
2006 Lyricist Betty Comden dies in New York City aged 89.
2006 French orchestra leader Paul Mauriat, known for a hit 1968 cover of Andre Popp's "Love Is Blue," dies at age 81.
2005 Colombian vocalist Juanes adds more statues to his mantel with three wins during the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Juanes, who is the all-time leader with nine wins going into the event, takes home awards for best rock solo vocal album for Mi Sangre, best rock song for "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor" and best music video for "Volverte a Ver."
2005 Alicia Keys hosts and performs at a fundraiser for the AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is joined by fellow music heavyweights Usher, Paul Simon, John Mayer and Common, as well as African acts Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti and the Agape Children's Choir from Durban, South Africa.
2004 Eric Clapton is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.
2003 Coldplay Live 2003, a forthcoming DVD release from Coldplay, receives big screen premieres across the US.
2002 '60s British singer Lonnie Donegan, known as The King of Skiffle, dies of a heart attack at age 71.
2001 Phil Vassar is named songwriter-artist of the year at the 39th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at Nashville's Opryland Hotel.
1998 In one of the last years for major album sales, several highly anticipated releases come out on this day, including Alanis Morissette's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (the followup to Jagged Little Pill), Beck's Mutations, Celine Dion's These Are Special Times, U2's Greatest Hits set, and John Lennon's boxed set.
1998 Britney Spears, 16, releases her first single, "...Baby One More Time." Three months later, it goes to #1 in America.
1997 In Santa Monica, California, Billy Prestonis sentenced to three years in prison for cocaine possession and violating parole.
1996 Blues harmonica player William Clarke, age 45, dies from complications of a bleeding ulcer after a performance in Fresno, California.
1995 Hootie & the Blowfish settle out of court with Bob Dylan, who sees their lifting of lyrics from "Tangled Up In Blue" on their hit "Only Want To Be With You" as more plagiarism than tribute.
1993 Leon Theremin dies. Theremin (1896-1993) was a Russian inventor, most famous for the Theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. Popularized in the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," the device was used to create those futuristic sound effects in many sci-fi movies.
1992 Grateful Dead tell stunned fans that they will not play their traditional New Year's Eve concert in San Francisco.
1991 A crowd estimated at 300,000 turns out for a concert honoring promoter Bill Graham, a San Francisco legend who died a week earlier.More
1984 Billy Ocean's "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" hits #1 in America. The song is customized for different regions, "African Queen" and "European Queen" for instance.
1979 Days before his 18th birthday, teen idol Leif Garrett, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, crashes his mother's Porsche 914 en route to buy cocaine. He escapes serious injury but his best friend, Roland Winkler, is left a paraplegic.
1979 Everybody's talkin' 'bout "Pop Muzik" by M, which hits #1 in the US. M is the British electro musician Robin Scott.
1979 The Eagles' LP The Long Run hits #1.
1977 Elton John announces his retirement at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Behind the scenes he's been struggling with addiction and trying to handle the stresses of stardom. He returns to performing a couple of years later.
1976 Firefall's self-titled album is certified Gold.
1967 The Beatles complete filming on their ill-fated movie Magical Mystery Tour.
1965 Elvis Presley releases Harum Scarum.
1965 The Beatles record "Michelle."
1964 Mayor Ralph Locker of Cleveland, Ohio, bans The Rolling Stones from playing the city ever again after a teenager falls from a balcony during the group's concert. Locker is quoted as commenting, "Such groups do not add to the community's culture or entertainment."
1963 Gale Garnett records "We'll Sing In The Sunshine."
1962 The Crystals' "He's A Rebel" hits #1 for the first of two weeks. None of the actual group appears on the track, as Phil Spector uses Darlene Love to sing lead. The real Crystals learn about the song when they hear it on the radio.
1962 Billboard magazine drops the "Western" from its "Country and Western" chart title.
1958 PFC Elvis Presley goes on maneuvers for the first time, with the 32nd Tank regiment near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia.
1957 Danny and the Juniors release "At The Hop."
1957 CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show accidentally cuts off Sam Cooke mid-song when "You Send Me" isn't given enough time at the end of tonight's show. Sullivan invites the singer back the next month to make up for it.
1956 The Wizard of Oz airs on television for the first time when it is broadcast by CBS.
1956 Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1954 Adam Ant is born Stuart Goddard in Marylebone, London, England.
1951 Tony Bennett's "Cold, Cold Heart" hits #1.
1951 "Cold, Cold Heart" by Tony Bennett hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart.
1948 Lulu is born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. The singer will find international fame with the title songs to the James Bond films To Sir With Love and The Man With the Golden Gun.
1945 Original Deep Purple bass player Nick Simper is born in Middlesex, England.
1943 Folk musician Bert Jansch, founder of Pentangle, is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1941 Brian Poole (lead singer of The Tremeloes) is born in the East End of London, England.
1933 John Barry is born in York, Yorkshire, England. A conductor and composer, he will compose the scores for all the James Bondmovies between 1963 and 1987.
1930 Mable John is born in Bastrop, Louisiana. She becomes the first female singer to be signed to Berry Gordy's Tamla label, releasing the single "Who Wouldn't Love a Man Like That?" in 1960.
1801 Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini is born in Catania, Sicily.
Vanilla Ice Becomes First Rapper To Top Hot 100
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice hits #1 in the US, marking the first time a rapper has topped the chart.
2001 Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of six weeks. It's the singer's first single to top the chart.
1990 After being featured prominently in the smash hit film Ghost, The Righteous Brothers' version of "Unchained Melody" returns to the top of the UK charts after 25 years.
1973 Daryl Hall and John Oates release Abandoned Luncheonette, their first album under their own names (a previous album was released as "Whole Oates"). The tracks "Laughing Boy," "She's Gone" and "Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)" become concert favorites for the duo.
1972 Carly Simon and James Taylor get married, creating a musical power couple not seen until Jay-Z and Beyoncé tie the knot. The marriage lasts 11 years.