Follow us on Twitter & Facebook
Music History: November 18th:
2016 Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings dies at age 60 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
2014 Dave Appell, a session guitarist and arranger who produced hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn, dies at age 92.
2012 At the 2012 American Music Awards (the 40th anniversary of the event), Justin Bieber wins Artist of the Year.
2008 American Idol winner David Cook releases his self-titled debut album.
2006 With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute sets across the US in one day to promote his comeback album, Kingdom Come.
2005 The movie Walk The Line, based on the life of Johnny Cash and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the singer, opens in US theaters.
2004 Cy Coleman, composer, songwriter, and pianist, dies of a cardiac arrest at age 75. With Carolyn Leigh, wrote pop hits like "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet To Come," both popularized by Frank Sinatra.
2003 Composer, songwriter Michael Kamen dies of a suspected heart attack in London, England, at age 55. Known for his innovative arrangements in pop music ("Here Comes the Rain Again") and film scores and songs (with Bryan Adams: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?").
2002 Shania Twain issues her fourth album, Up!. It's her last album produced by her husband Mutt Lange, as the couple divorce in 2010. Up! sells an astounding 11 million copies in America, which is still only half the tally of her previous album, Come On Over.
2002 Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stones bassist, sends a cease-and-desist letter to a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution bearing the same name, which the writer was born under in 1961, on grounds that it violated the copyright of the bassist Wyman, who legally took the name at age 28 in 1964. Needless to say, no lawsuit is ever filed.
1999 Doug Sahm (frontman for Sir Douglas Quintet) dies of a heart attack in Taos, New Mexico, at age 58.
1999 Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall separate eight years to the day after their marriage in Bali when Brazilian model Luciana Morad names Jagger as the father of her unborn child.
1997 John Denver's last recording, The Unplugged Collection, is released.
1997 In Bristol, England, Gary Glitter is detained and questioned by police after a computer store repairing the glam star's computer finds it loaded with child pornography.
1997 AC/DC releases Bonfire.
1994 Jazz singer/bandleader Cab Calloway dies at age 86, five months after suffering a severe stroke.
1990 Paul McCartney's birth certificate is auctioned off for $18,000.
1985 Seven of Jimi Hendrix's gold records are stolen from his father's home during a burglary. A few months later, Warner Bros. Records replaces them in a ceremony with Mo Ostin, who signed Hendrix to the label in 1967.
1979 Chuck Berry is released from Lompoc Prison in California after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
1978 Billy Joel's 52nd Street album hits #1 and stays there for 8 weeks.
1977 Rapper Fabolous is born John David Jackson in Brooklyn, New York City.
1975 Bruce Springsteen begins his first UK tour at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, where he learns that his record company has gone overboard with the hype, distributing posters that say: "At last London is ready for Bruce Springsteen."
1975 Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen are guest stars on tonight's "Glitter With A Bullet" episode of NBC-TV's Police Woman.
1972 Danny Whitten (guitarist for Crazy Horse) dies from a lethal combination of Valium and alcohol, while struggling to overcome a heroin addiction, at age 29.
1972 Steely Dan's first single "Do It Again" enters the pop charts. It will peak at #6 on February 11, 1973.
1972 Cat Stevens' Catch Bull at Four album hits #1.
1972 Bill Withers sings his recent hits "Lean On Me" and "Use Me" on the syndicated dance show Soul Train.
1971 Junior Parker dies during surgery for a brain tumor in Blue Island, Illinois, at age 39. Known for '50s R&B hits like "Feelin' Good," "Love My Baby," and "Mystery Train" (later covered by Elvis Presley).
1971 Procul Harum records Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
1970 Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife (and cousin) Myra Brown divorce in Memphis after 14 years of marriage.
1970 Elvis Presley meets actor Paul Frees in Los Angeles and notices Frees' BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge. Elvis becomes determined to acquire one for himself.
1969 Duncan Sheik is born in Montclair, New Jersey.
1968 The Spiral Starecase records "More Today Than Yesterday."
1968 Glen Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Gentle On My Mind" are certified gold.
1964 Beatles press officer Brian Sommerville informs Paul Nathan, an associate of Elvis Presley film producer Hal Wallis, that the group are huge fans of the King and would love to appear at the end of Elvis' next Paramount picture (which would turn out to be 1966's Paradise, Hawaiian Style). The deal is never finalized.
1964 The NBC show Shindig! features The Supremes (who sing "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me") and The Righteous Brothers (who perform "Little Latin Lupe Lu").
1963 Beatles manager Brian Epstein asks the group's fans to please refrain from pelting the group with "jellybabies" (jellybeans) at their concerts. (The Beatles had made the mistake of remarking how much they liked them.)
1962 Kirk Hammett (lead guitarist for Metallica) is born in San Francisco, California.
1960 Kim Wilde is born Kim Smith to Vernon Girls vocalist Joyce Baker and '50s rock 'n roller Marty Wilde (real name Reginald Smith) in Chiswick, Middlesex, England.
1958 Johnny Cash suffers an attack of acute appendicitis while preparing for a show in Ottumwa, Iowa, and is hospitalized.
1958 Michael Ramos (keyboardist, accordionist for the BoDeans) is born.
1957 Ricky Nelson records "Stood Up" and "Waitin' In School."
1956 Fats Domino sings "Blueberry Hill" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1954 ABC Radio stations ban Rosemary Clooney's "Mambo Italiano" due to what it considers "offensive lyrics," more than likely the exaggerated Italian patois and words "goombah" and "gidrool."
1952 John Parr is born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England.
1952 Four days after he divorces his first wife, Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend.
1950 Graham Parker (lead singer of Graham Parker & the Rumour) is born in London, England.
1950 Rudy Sarzo (bass guitarist for Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) is born Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont in Havana, Cuba, but will be raised in Florida.
1950 Sammy Kaye's "Harbor Lights" hits #1.
1949 Herman Rarebell (drummer for the Scorpions) is born in Schmelz, Germany.
1946 "Wonderful Summer" singer Robin Ward is born Jacqueline McDonnell in Hawaii but will be raised in Nebraska. Using the name Jackie Ward, she works as a session singer for commercials, TV shows, movies, and recording studios. She sings on the theme to The Partridge Family, dubs over Natalie Wood's vocals in The Great Race, and provides backup to Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.
1941 Pop singer Con Cluskey (of The Bachelors) is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1936 Jazz trumpeter Don Cherry is born in Oklahoma. He'll soon move to Los Angeles, California, where he is influenced by a vibrant jazz scene.
1927 Hank Ballard, who wrote and originally recorded "Chubby Checker," is born John Henry Kendricks in Detroit, Michigan. He is raised in Birmingham, Alabama.
1926 Dorothy Collins is born Marjorie Chandler in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Broadway actress hits #16 on the pop chart with "My Boy - Flat Top" in 1955.
1909 Singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer is born in Savannah, Georgia. Composed '40s hits like "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," and "That Old Black Magic," and added lyrics to popular instrumentals like "Laura," "Midnight Sun," and "Satin Doll."
1786 German composer Carl Maria von Weber is born in Eutin, Holstein.
Nirvana records an MTV Unplugged concert in New York. The show is shot in one take - imperfections and all - and is aired one month later.
2003 The original handwritten John Lennon lyrics to The Beatles' "Nowhere Man" are auctioned at Christie's of New York for $300,000.
2003 Acting on the sexual abuse allegations of a 12-year-old boy who had visited the home, approximately 70 members of California's Santa Barbara County sheriff's and district attorney's offices raid Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The singer is in Vegas filming a video at the time.
1994 The Rolling Stones become the first rock act to stream a live concert on the Internet, webcasting a portion of a show from Dallas, Texas.
1987 CBS agrees to sell its record division to Sony for $2 billion, giving the Japanese electronics giant control of the Epic, Columbia and Portrait labels. Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, George Michael, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson are among the artists who fall under CBS, the world's largest record company.
1968 A group called Pogo, which includes Randy Meisner, Jim Messina and Richie Furay, debuts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They change their name to Poco to avoid legal action over the comic strip Pogo.