Friday, November 4, 2016

Today in Music History...November 4, 2016

Music History: November 4



1938: Harry Elston (Friends Of Distinction)
1940: Delbert McClinton
1947: Mike Smith (Amen Corner)


1969: Ivory Watson (The Ink Spots)
1980: Ronnie Goodson (Ronnie and the Hi-Lites)
1987: Bobby Nunn (The Coasters)
1994: Fred "Sonic" Smith (The Sonics, MC5)


1957: In an unusual chart anomaly, the top six Billboard singles on the pop and R&B charts are exactly the same: Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" sits at #1 on both charts, followed by "Wake Up Little Susie" by the Everly Brothers, "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke, "Silhouettes" by the Rays, "Be-Bop Baby" by Ricky Nelson, and "Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers.
1961: Buoyed by recent positive press, a young Bob Dylan appears at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time. Unfortunately, only about 50 people attend, most of them friends of the singer.
1963: The Beatles cap off a whirlwind year by appearing at the Royal Command Performance for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden at London's Prince of Wales Theatre. 
 The band's in a nervous and therefore jokey mood, with Paul attributing The Music Man's "Till There Was You" to saucy early 20th-century blues mama Sophie Tucker ("our favorite American group") and John famously instructing the royals to rattle their jewelry instead of applauding. The short four song set: "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "Till There Was You," and "Twist And Shout." The band is one of 19 acts appearing in this evening's concert, which will be broadcast on ATV in the UK six days later.
1976: A bomb threat delays the start of Bruce Springsteen's concert at the Palladium in New York; Springsteen jokes that the threat was made by former manager Mike Appel, who's currently suing him.
1977: The Last Waltz, director Martin Scorsese's acclaimed documentary of the Band's star-studded last concert, premieres in New York City, featuring Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, the Staple Singers, Dr. John, and more.
1978: Former Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bassist Greg Reeves sues the group for a million dollars in alleged unpaid royalties from sales of the hit 1970 album Deja Vu.
1978: Van Morrison is the musical guest on tonight's episode of NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, performing "Wavelength" and "Kingdom Hall."
1980: An ailing Bob Marley is baptized a "Christian Rastafarian" at Kingston, Jamaica's Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
1986: Soul legend Jerry "Iceman" Butler is elected to the Board of Commissioners in his home district of Cook County in Chicago.
1989: Elton John scores his record 50th UK chart hit with his latest single, "Sacrifice."
1990: The musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.
1991: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 7th annual inductees, including Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. and the MGs, Sam and Dave, the Yardbirds, the Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
1992: Elton John and Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million songwriting deal with publishing giant Warner/Chappell, the largest such deal up to that time.
1997: Capitol Records releases the four-disc set The Pet Sounds Sessions, chronicling the creation of the Beach Boys' classic 1966 LP that many consider the best album ever made. It contains, in addition to a remastered version of the original album, as well as outtakes, unreleased tracks, and a capella tracks.
1998: Michael Jackson announces that wife Debbie Rowe is pregnant with his first child, denying tabloid reports that Rowe was paid to be artificially impregnated and carry the child to term.


1967: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "I Second That Emotion"
1968: Elvis Presley, Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others


1938: Bing Crosby, "You’re A Sweet Little Headache"
1965: The Beatles, "What Goes On"
1971: Bob Dylan, "George Jackson"


1957: Jackie Wilson's "Reet Petite" enters the charts
1972: Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" hits #1
1978: Anne Murray's "You Needed Me" hits #1
1978: Linda Ronstadt's LP Living In The USA hits #1



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