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Music History: November 16th:
2015 Ween announce that they will come together to play two shows in early 2016. This is the first time the band will be together since their breakup in 2012.
2006 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sends 417 more letters to sixteen college administrators threatening mass lawsuits if file-sharing is found happening on university servers.
2006 Queen's Greatest Hits is declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, with more than five-and-a-half million units sold. At #2: The Beatles ' Sgt. Pepper.
2005 Pink Floyd, The Kinks and Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. The second annual show, which takes place in a ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace, features some momentous reunions, including the gathering of the original Kinks and a performance by the classic line-up of Black Sabbath, featuring Ozzy Osbourne.
2005 I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash airs on CBS, with U2, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Lee Lewis and several others paying tribute to the singer.
2002 Blues pianist and singer Mose Vinson, known for "Blues with a Feeling" and "Sweet Root Man," dies of diabetes at age 85.
2001 Havana's National Theatre debuts Se Seco el Arroyito (The Brooklet Dried Up), a musical written by Cuba's veteran "sonero," Compay Segundo.
2001 The city of Palm Springs, California, unveils a statue in its downtown area honoring the late Sonny Bono, half of Sonny and Cher and mayor of the city for a time in the '80s.
2000 English pianist Russ Conway, known for the 1959 UK #1 hits "Side Saddle" and "Roulette," dies of cancer at age 75.
2000 Joseph "Joe C." Calleja (Kid Rock's hype man), plagued by a host of medical issues, dies at age 26.
2000 29-year-old rapper DJ Screw (real name: Robert Earl Davis, Jr.) is found dead in a Houston recording studio. The coroner finds large amounts of codeine and other prescription drugs in his system.
2000 Jewel becomes one of the first artists to stream a concert online, doing so to benefit an organization working to bring clean water to those who need it.
1999 Grady Owen (guitarist for Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps) dies.
1998 Gospel singer J.D. Sumner (of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps) dies of a heart attack at age 73.
1998 Having suffered a seizure while performing in Hollywood a few weeks earlier, Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites slips into a coma.
1998 Kmart gets into the online music game, launching a site called Music Favorites.
1996 Country singer Lorrie Morgan marries her fourth husband, songwriter Jon Randall ("Whiskey Lullaby"). They divorce in 1999.
1994 Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti (lead singer of Quicksilver Messenger Service), who underwent brain surgery years earlier, dies suddenly at age 51 during a period of ill health.
1986 In the small hours, Satpal Ram stabs a fellow diner to death in the Sky Blue restaurant in Birmingham, England. He is sentenced to life imprisonment the following year, and becomes the subject of the Asian Dub Foundation song "Free Satpal Ram."
1980 '60s soul singer O.V. Wright ("That's How Strong My Love Is") dies of a heart attack at age 41 after consistent drug abuse weakens his health.
1979 Trevor Penick (of O-Town) is born in San Bernardino County, California.
1978 Replicating their infamous promo stunt for the single, Queen are joined onstage at Madison Square Garden by several dozen nude, rotund women during their performance of "Bicycle Race." (Rotund because the single mentions "Fat Bottomed Girls," the title of the other half of the A-side.)
1977 Rush's albums 2112, All The World's A Stage, and A Farewell To Kings are all certified Gold by the RIAA.
1976 Brian Wilson, resident genius of The Beach Boys, comes out of an eight-year seclusion to give an interview to BBC 2's music show Old Grey Whistle Test.
1974 John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" hits #1. Elton John, who sang and played piano on the track, had bet Lennon that it would hit the top spot. As the bet's loser, Lennon has to join Elton on stage at a Madison Square Garden concert, which he does on November 28 to a manic ovation.
1973 David Bowie is the host of a special edition of the ABC show Midnight Special. His show is called 1980 Floor Show, and features Bowie doing a duet of "I Got You Babe" with Marianne Faithfull, who wears a nun's habit with an open back.
1970 Anne Murray's "Snowbird" is certified gold.
1969 Bryan Abrams (of Color Me Badd) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience's LP Electric Ladyland hits #1.
1968 B.J. Thomas releases "Hooked On A Feeling."
1965 CBS airs the Frank Sinatra documentary Sinatra: An American Original, hosted by Walter Cronkite.
1965 George Martin puts together the final running order of the songs on The Beatles' Rubber Soul album.
1964 Jazz singer Diana Krall is born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
1964 Jay & the Americans record "Let's Lock The Door."
1964 The Animals record "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."
1962 Mani (bassist for The Stone Roses) is born Gary Manny Mounfield in Crumpsall, Manchester, England.
1960 Patsy Cline records "I Fall To Pieces."
1959 The Fleetwoods' "Mr. Blue" hits #1.
1958 Harry Rushakoff (original drummer for Concrete Blonde) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1955 The Four Lads record "No, Not Much."
1950 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Harbor Lights" by Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye
1949 Pattie Santos (It's a Beautiful Day vocalist) is born in San Francisco, California.
1948 "Thunder and Lightning" (1972) singer Chi Coltrane is born in Racine, Wisconsin.
1941 '60s soul singer-songwriter Dan Penn is born Wallace Daniel Pennington in Vernon, Alabama. Wrote Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man."
1940 John Ryanes (of The Monotones) is born in Newark, New Jersey.
1938 Troy Seals (guitarist for James Brown) is born in Bighill, Kentucky. Also a country songwriter, his compositions will be recorded by Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, and Randy Travis. He is the older brother of Jim Seals of the soft-rock duo Seals & Crofts.
1937 Bob Crosby records "South Rampart Street."
1936 R&B singer Winfred "Blue" Lovett (of The Manhattans) is born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1933 Garnet Mimms (lead singer of Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters) is born in Ashland, West Virginia. Known for the 1963 hit "Cry Baby," later covered by Janis Joplin.
1931 Folk singer Bob Gibson is born in Brooklyn, New York. Introduces Joan Baez to a national audience at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.
1921 Composer Ben Weisman, co-author of "Rock-A-Hula Baby," is born.
1916 Herb Abramson, co-founder of Atlantic Records, is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1905 Jazz banjoist/guitarist Albert "Eddie" Condon is born in Goodland, Indiana.
1895 Composer Paul Hindemith is born in Hessen, Germany. Known for the 1938 opera Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter).
"We Built This City" Rises To #11985"We Built This City" by Starship hits #1 Billboard Hot 100. It is later named Worst Song of All Time by Blender magazine.
2010 For the first time, The Beatles' music is made available for digital download, as iTunes adds most of their catalog. Apple Computer spent decades battling the Beatles' Apple Corps record label over the rights to sell music using the Apple name, but a 2007 agreement allowed the companies to work together, setting the stage for the deal.
2008 MTV's Total Request Live ends after 10 seasons with a special three-hour finale. Guests include several of the countdown's mainstays, such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Eminem, and Britney Spears. Britney's "...Baby One More Time" takes the top spot on the final tally, which presents the top 10 most iconic music videos.1996 The Beatles become the first act with three #1 albums the same year in America when their Anthology 3 compilation goes to the top.
1988 Stan Love, brother and manager of Beach Boy Mike Love, is sentenced to five years' suspended sentence after being found guilty of embezzling over $300,000 from the group.
1963 Nino Tempo and April Stevens' "Deep Purple" hits #1 in the US. The famous band later names themselves after the song.