Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Today in Music History...November 14, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: November 14th:


2012 Brian Eno is awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) distinction, established by the British Royal Society for Arts, for "his ground-breaking use of sound in technology and media and long term sustainable thinking." Eno is the only recipient awarded for sound design.

2011 Songwriter Lee Pockriss dies in Connecticut after a long illness at age 87. Known for songs like "Catch a Falling Star," "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," and "Johnny Angel."

2005 Mark Ross, known as "Brother Marquis" from the rap group 2 Live Crew, sues Ice-T, claiming he helped write the original version of "99 Problems," which has become a hit for Jay-Z.

2004 Gwen Stefani performs on TV as a solo artist (no No Doubt) for the first time when she takes the stage at the American Music Awards, where she sings "What You Waiting For."

2004 Michel Colombier - composer, conductor, arranger, and songwriter - dies in Santa Monica, California, at age 65.

2003 Love Actually opens in the theaters. Among its musical moments: Hugh Grant dancing to the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" and Emma Thompson having a breakdown to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now."

2003 Jay-Z releases The Black Album.

2000 The Offspring release their sixth studio album, Conspiracy of One.

2000 As promised, The Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song "Original Prankster" were automatically entered, appear on MTV's Total Request Live to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.

1999 EMI Music Distribution begins offering retailers a $3 rebate on each unit sold of the latest Garth Brooks album In... The Life Of Chris Gaines, in order to boost sales. In exchange for the rebate, retailers are asked to lower the price of the Capitol album - which lists for $17.98 on CD - as low as possible.

1997 Johnny Cash, who was recently diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's Disease, is treated for pneumonia at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

1997 Five weeks before the movie Titanic is released, Celine Dion issues her album Let's Talk About Love, featuring the theme song, "My Heart Will Go On." As the movie commandeers the popular culture, Dion's album rides in its wake, going on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

1997 Though it's not a sell-out, The Bee Gees' show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas still manages to gross a stunning $1,681,100. Tickets ranging in price from $50-$300 give the Arena its highest gross of the year.

1995 Gangsta Rap group Tha Dogg Pound claims the #1 spot on the albums chart with Dogg Food. Snoop Dogg is not part of this group; Tha Dogg Pound are Death Row labelmates Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. Other Gangstas in the Top 10 are Cypress Hill with Cypress Hill III at #3 and Eight Ball and MG at #8 with On Top of the World.

1987 The Dirty Dancing soundtrack hits #1. Even though it was set in 1963, the movie featured modern, original songs "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" and "Hungry Eyes."

1987 "China In Your Hand" by T'Pau goes to #1 in the UK, where it will stay for five weeks. The band is on tour with Bryan Adams at the time; when they return they learn that they now have throngs of fans.

1986 Bette Midler's first and only child is born, a daughter named Sophie von Haselberg. Midler's husband is artist Martin von Haselberg.

1984 Keith Hudson, known as "The Dark Prince of Reggae," dies of lung cancer at age 38 in New York.

1979 Tobin Esperance (bassist for Papa Roach) is born in Vacaville, California.

1975 The Spinners' "They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)" is certified Gold. The song spreads out lead vocals among all five members - even bass man Pervis Jackson gets a spot.

1975 Travis Barker (drummer for Blink-182) is born in Fontana, California.

1974 Singer-songwriter Adina Howard is born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Known for her debut single, "Freak Like Me" (1995).

1973 Bob Dylan records "Forever Young" and "Dirge."

1970 Santana releases "Black Magic Woman."

1968 Brian Yale (bassist for Matchbox Twenty) is born in Carmel, California.

1967 Pink Floyd begin their first UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London, playing on a package bill with The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, and the headliner, Jimi Hendrix.

1964 At the start of her first UK tour, Dusty Springfield causes a furor when she tells a local magazine: "I wish I'd been born colored. When it comes to singing and feeling, I want to be one of them and not me. Then I see how some of them are treated and I thank God I'm white."

1964 Them backs up legendary bluesman Jimmy Reed during a British tour.

1964 Rapper Joseph Simmons (aka Run of Run-DMC) is born in Hollis, Queens, New York.

1962 Bob Dylan records "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."

1961 The Everly Brothers record "Crying In The Rain" and "That's Old Fashioned (That's The Way Love Should Be)."

1961 Before a show in Indianapolis, Ray Charles is arrested when marijuana and heroin are found in his hotel room. Charges are dropped on a technicality, but his drug problems were far from over.

1960 Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" hits #1.

1960 Elvis Presley's latest single, "It's Now Or Never," sells 780,000 copies in the UK during its first week of release, making it the fastest-selling song in the country's history.

1954 Yiannis Chryssomallis, who would become known as Yanni, is born in Greece.

1953 Frankie Banali (drummer for Quiet Riot) is born in Queens, New York City.

1952 The British music paper New Musical Express publishes its first record chart. The first #1: Al Martino's "Here In My Heart."

1951 Singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop is born Earl Stephen Bishop in San Diego, California.

1951 Alec John Such (former bassist for Bon Jovi) is born in Yonkers, New York.

1949 James Young (guitarist for Styx) is born in the Chicago suburb of Western Springs, Illinois.

1947 Buckwheat Zydeco, accordionist and zydeco musician, is born Stanley Dural Jr. in Lafayette, Louisiana.

1944 Tommy Dorsey records "Opus No. 1."

1936 R&B singer Cornell Gunter (of The Platters, The Coasters) is born in Coffeyville, Kansas.

1936 Freddie Garrity (frontman for Freddie & the Dreamers) is born in Crumpsall, Manchester, England.

1919 Pop singer Johnny Desmond is born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone in Detroit, Michigan. His highest-charting hit was "The Yellow Rose of Texas" in 1955.

1915 Pop singer Martha Tilton is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Known for "And the Angels Sing" with Benny Goodman (1939).

1900 Composer and teacher Aaron Copland is born in Brooklyn, New York City.

1805 Composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel is born in Hamburg, Germany.

The Heights Spawns Hit Theme Song As "How Do You Talk To An Angel" Soars To #1

1992With lead vocals by Jamie Walters, "How Do You Talk To An Angel," the theme song to Aaron Spelling's new drama The Heights, hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

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1991 Michael Jackson's "Black Or White" music video, directed by John Landis, debuts simultaneously on MTV, BET and Fox - a strategic move that marks his ascension to the pop throne. The 11-minute clip, however, lands Jackson in hot water with viewers who complain about his excessive crotch-grabbing and gratuitous displays of violence.

1990 Pete Townshend of The Who tells Newsweek that he is bisexual, saying, "I won't be classified as just a man." He calls his song "Rough Boys" a "coming-out."

1987 The long-since-divorced Sonny and Cher perform "I Got You Babe" on Late Night with David Letterman.

1983 Michael Jackson's 14-minute film Thriller debuts at the Metro Crest Theater in Los Angeles. Directed by John Landis, the short film will become the most popular video in MTV history when the network begins airing it in December. Many of Jackson's famous friends show up at the premiere, including Diana Ross, Eddie Murphy and Warren Beatty. The film gets a standing ovation and the crowd demands an encore, which is granted.

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