Saturday, November 19, 2016

Today in Music History...November 19, 2016

Music History: November 19



1905: Tommy Dorsey
1934: Dave Guard (The Kingston Trio)
1937: Ray Collins (The Mothers of Invention)
1938: Hank Medress (The Tokens)
1939: Pete Moore (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)
1943: Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
1946: Joe Correro Jr. (Paul Revere and The Raiders)
1954: Annette Guest (First Choice)


1983: Tom Evens (Badfinger)
1995: Alan Hull (Lindisfarne)
2003: Greg Ridley (Humble Pie)
2004: Terry Melcher


1954: While driving from Vegas to Los Angeles, Sammy Davis, Jr. crashes into another car on Route 66 San Bernadino, CA, and three days later, permanently loses use of his left eye. While in the hospital, friend Eddie Cantor tells Davis about the twin struggles of the Jewish and African-Americans, leading Davis to convert to Judaism. (The accident, paradoxically, increased his popularity.)
1957: Chicago radio station WCFL is picketed by the local chapter of the Elvis Presley fan club when it bans Presley's records. Nevertheless, the station doesn't flinch.
1959: An unnamed RCA executive tells reporters that, when he returns from the Army, Elvis Presley's music will be very different than the rock and roll he performed previously. Manager Colonel Tom Parker rushes to issue an official denial to fans.
1960: While in Los Angeles during the filming of his seventh movie, Wild In The Country, Elvis Presley suffers a bit of road rage, pulling a gun on a group of passengers in another car who had supposedly insulted him.
1965: At the Glad Rags Ball in London, the Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey storms off stage in the middle of a set plagued with PA problems. Rumors of a Who breakup spread quickly through London with most of them naming Boz Burrell (King Crimson and Bad Company) as Daltrey's possible replacement.
1968: Onstage with the Supremes at the Royal Command Variety Performance in London, Diana Ross interrupts the show with a plea for greater interracial understanding. She receives a two-minute ovation from the audience, which includes members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II herself stands after Ross' moving performance of West Side Story's "Somewhere."
1971: B.B. King marks his 25th anniversary in show business with a European tour, beginning today in London.
1973: Led Zeppelin begin recording the demos for their new album, Physical Graffiti, including a new song entitled "Driving to Kashmir."
1977: The Frank Sinatra TV-movie Contract On Cherry Street airs on NBC.
1983: Tina Turner begins her fabled Eighties comeback when her version of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," produced by of Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh of Heaven 17, hits the British charts. Its subsequent success would lead to her stateside deal with records.
1991: Paul McCartney's first classical piece, Liverpool Oratorio, is performed in America for the first time, at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1992: Linda Ronstadt is the guest star on tonight's "Mr. Plow" episode of Fox-TV's The Simpsons.
1995: The first installment of The Beatles Anthology documentary airs on ABC.
1995: Frank Sinatra's all-star 80th birthday tribute is held in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, featuring Bob Dylan performing "Restless Farewell" (at the request of Sinatra; Dylan had wanted to perform Frank's own "That's Life") and Paula Abdul singing "Luck Be A Lady." Afterwards, Dylan and fellow performer Bruce Springsteen, along with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, are invited back to the crooner's home.
1997: A "serious but stable" Johnny Cash is admitted to Nashville's Baptist Hospital after coming down with double pneumonia.
2002: While greeting fans from a fifth-floor hotel balcony in Berlin, Michael Jackson shocks the world by dangling his newborn son Prince Michael II over the side of the railing.
2003: An arrest warrant is issued on Los Angeles for Michael Jackson, due to recent charges of child molestation. The singer, phoning from Vegas where he is filming a video, convinces authorities to wait for his return to stand trial.
2006: The ill-fated Dylan musical tribute The Times They Are A-Changin' closes on Broadway after a scant 28 showings.
2007: Queen guitarist Brian May is named Chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University.
2007: At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, guest performer Neil Diamond reveals that his 1970 hit "Sweet Caroline" was actually written about her.


1995: The Beatles, Anthology I


1943: Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, "Artistry in Rhythm"
1955: Carl Perkins, "Blue Suede Shoes"
1964: Gary Lewis and the Playboys, "This Diamond Ring"
1964: Bobby Goldsboro, "Little Things"
1975: The J. Geils Band, Blow Your Face Out


1960: Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind" hits #1
1966: The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" hits #1


1976: Van Morrison's Moondance album is certified gold

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