Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Today in Music History...November 15, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: November 15th:


2016 Less than a year after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, country singer Holly Dunn, age 59, dies at a hospice facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2011 Mark "Moogy" Klingman (keyboardist for Utopia) dies of bladder cancer in New York City, at age 61.

2007 In a charity auction, a 25-year-old man from Scotland pays $170,000 for two tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2 Arena in London. Over a million people entered a lottery for the 18,000 tickets, which sold for a face value of $255.

2007 The first episode of Daryl Hall's show Live From Daryl's House airs on the web, with Hall performing from his home in Millerton, New York. The series gains traction and gets picked up by the Palladia network. Over the years, Smokey Robinson, Joe Walsh, Cee Lo Green, Rob Thomas and many other musical luminaries appear, performing a mix of their own songs, covers and Hall & Oates tracks.

2005 Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

2004 Shania Twain's album Come On Over is certified double diamond by the RIAA, with over 20 million copies sold in the US. It's just the seventh album to do so, and the only one by a female artist.

2003 Alejandro Fernandez, Bacilos and Mana are the big winners at Mexico's second Premios Oye! in Mexico City, taking home two awards each. Fernandez is named Best Ranchero Act, and his "Nina Amada Mia" wins Best Popular (regional Mexican) Song. Bacilos wins Best Pop Group and Best Pop Song for "Caraluna." Mana wins Best Rock Group; its Revolucion de Amor is voted Album of the Year.

2000 Michael Abram, the Liverpool native who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him in an incident earlier in the year, is found not guilty by reason of insanity at Oxford Crown Court. Abram is to be confined to a mental hospital for an indefinite period of time.

2000 Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the US border. Deftones were to play to several thousand fans at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa, while Durst et al were to rock Vancouver with its Anger Management Tour.

1999 People magazine declares Tim McGraw the sexiest man in country music. McGraw says as long as his wife, Faith Hill, thinks he's sexy, that's all that matters to him.

1999 KoRn play their album Issues (released the following day) from start-to-finish at a venue not known for hosting nu-metal: the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

1997 Saul Chaplin, composer and musical director, dies after a bad fall in Los Angeles, California, at age 85. Collaborated for the scores and orchestrations of An American in Paris (1951), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and West Side Story (1961).

1997 Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks (trumpeter/trombonist for The Ohio Players) dies at age 58. Circumstances undisclosed.

1992 The "Rock Of Ages" episode of Married With Children features guest stars Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Spencer Davis, Richie Havens, and John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful). Along with Al Bundy (who plays the sandwich), they form Old Aid and perform "We Are The Old." Sample lyrics:

We are the old
We've got arthritis
Our gums are weak
From gingivitis

1991 Jacques Morali, music author and creator of The Village People, dies of AIDS at age 44.

1986 Lou Reed and Sam Moore perform their updated version of "Soul Man" on Saturday Night Live. The song is being featured in the movie of the same name.

1980 "Lady," written by Lionel Richie, becomes a #1 Hot 100 hit for Kenny Rogers. It stays at the top for six weeks.

1978 Echo & the Bunnymen give their performance debut at Eric's Club in Liverpool, England.

1978 Chic's "Le Freak" is certified Gold.

1974 Faces release "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)."

1974 Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is born in Alberta, Canada.

1972 Harry Chapin's son Josh is born, which gives him a new appreciation for the poem his wife Sandy wrote (about her ex-husband) called "Cat's In The Cradle." Harry puts music to the poem and it becomes his biggest hit.

1971 Blindman, a Spaghetti Western starring Ringo Starr, debuts in Rome.

1971 Grand Funk Railroad releases E Pluribus Funk.

1969 Janis Joplin calls out a policeman at her concert in Tampa, Florida, when he uses a bullhorn to yell at audience members who have left their seats.

"Don't F--k with those people!," she screams. "What are you so uptight about? Did you buy a $5 ticket?"

The cop tells Joplin that she needs to tell the crowd to remain seated, and she replies, "I'm not telling them s--t."

After more stage ranting where Joplin threatens to kick his face in, she is arrested after the show, charged with using "vulgar and indecent language." After posting a $504 bail, the charges are later dropped and she pays a $200 fine.

1969 Hamburg, Germany's famous rock and roll venue, the Star Club, announces it will permanently close its doors at the end of the month.

1969 The Beatles' last photographic session produces today's cover of Rolling Stone.

1968 Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard is born Russell Jones in Brooklyn, New York.

1967 Obsessive fans looking for "Paul Is Dead" clues on album covers and in songs push two previous Beatles albums, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour, back onto the Billboard album charts.

1966 Jefferson Airplane records "Somebody To Love."

1956 Elvis Presley's first movie, Love Me Tender, premieres at the Paramount Theater in New York City. The film is a Civil War drama that was going to be called The Reno Brothers, but when Elvis became a major star during the shoot, it was retitled after his hit song, and The King gets top billing.

1955 Joe Leeway (of Thompson Twins) is born in Islington, London, England.

1954 Tony Thompson (drummer for The Power Station and Chic) is born in Queens, New York City.

1954 CBS-TV's Studio One variety show presents Joan Weber singing "Let Me Go, Lover" a performance that would soon send the song rocketing up the charts.

1953 R&B singer Alexander O'Neal is born in Natchez, Mississippi. Known for '80s hits like "If You Were Here Tonight," "Criticize," and "Fake."

1952 Michael Cooper (lead singer, guitarist for Con Funk Shun) is born in Vallejo, California. Known for '70s R&B hits like "Ffun," "Shake and Dance with Me," and "Chase Me," to name a few.

1949 Steve Fossen (bassist, percussionist for Heart) is born.

1945 Frida (of ABBA) is born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad in Bjorkasen, Ballangen, Norway.

1941 Rick Kemp (bass player for Steeleye Span) is born in Little Hanford, Dorset, England.

1937 R&B singer Little Willie John is born William Edward (or Edgar) John in Cullendale, Arkansas, but would be raised in Detroit, Michigan. Known for hits like "Need Your Love So Bad" and "Fever," famously covered by Fleetwood Mac and Peggy Lee, respectively.

1934 Gene Autry appears in his first film, In Old Santa Fe, becoming the first "singing cowboy" on the silver screen.

1932 Petula Clark is born Sally Olwen Clark in Epsom, Surrey, England. Petula is a nickname given to her by her father.

1932 Clyde McPhatter (of The Dominoes, The Drifters) is born in Hayti, Durham, North Carolina.

1929 Soul singer Joe Hinton is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Known for the 1964 hit "Funny How Time Slips Away," written by Willie Nelson.

1928 Singer-songwriter C.W. McCall is born William Dale Fries Jr. in Audubon, Iowa.

1926 The first network radio broadcast, four-and-a-half hours of varied performances from New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel and other remotes around the country, airs on the new National Broadcasting Company (soon to be known as NBC).

1905 Conductor Mantovani is born Annunzio Paolo Mantovani in Venice, Italy.

1787 Christoph Willibald Gluck, composer of Italian and French opera, dies of a stroke at age 73.

Beastie Boys Leave Def Jam For Capitol

After hitting it huge with their 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys leave the label and sign with Capitol Records.

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1994 TLC release their second album, CrazySexyCool, featuring the hits "Creep" and "Waterfalls." The group's most successful album, it sells over 10 million copies in the US.
1993A mysterious act called The Fireman releases an album called Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest in the UK. The cover is a red square with just a touch of text, and the music is mellow electronica. It is later revealed that The Fireman is a Paul McCartney side project.

1993 Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling join J.C. Chasez and Keri Russell in the cast of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club.

1992 At the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California, Ozzy Osbourne plays the final date of his No More Tours tour, which he says will be his last. His former band, Black Sabbath, opens the show in tribute with Rob Halford on lead vocals, since Ronnie James Dio wants no part of it.

1990 German producer Frank Farian admits that Milli Vanilli (Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan) didn't actually sing on the album Girl You Know It's True. A scandal ensues and the duo are stripped of the Best New Artist Grammy.


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