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Music History: November 19th:


2013 People magazine names Adam Levine "Sexiest Man Alive," making him the first musician to earn the title.

2012 Rihanna releases the single "Nobody's Business," featuring the man who assaulted her three years earlier, Chris Brown.

2007 Kevin DuBrow (lead vocalist for Quiet Riot) dies of a presumed accidental cocaine overdose at age 52. He is found in his Las Vegas home six days later.

2007 Queen guitarist Brian May is named Chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University.

2007 At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, guest performer Neil Diamond reveals that his 1970 hit "Sweet Caroline" was actually written about her.

2006 The ill-fated Bob Dylan musical tribute The Times They Are A-Changin' closes on Broadway after a scant 28 showings.

2004 Record producer Terry Melcher, who co-wrote The Beach Boys' "Kokomo," dies after a long battle with melanoma at age 62. He was the only child of actress Doris Day.

2004 Craig Nicholls (The Vines' frontman) reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties.

2003 Rock bassist Greg Ridley (of Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth) dies of pneumonia in Alicante, Spain, at age 56.

2003 An arrest warrant is issued in Los Angeles for Michael Jackson, due to recent charges of child molestation. The singer, phoning from Vegas where he is filming a video, convinces authorities to wait for his return to stand trial.

2002 The game show Weakest Link welcomes a diverse group of "Music Makers" to compete on tonight's episode, including "I'll Be" singer Edwin McCain, Sheila E., Deborah Gibson, Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, Lila McCann, Coolio, Skid Row's Sebastian Bach, and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.

1999 Pop singer Jewel pulls the plug on her anticipated New Year's Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing, among other things, worries over possible Y2K problems. But many Alaskans say the real problem is jacked-up ticket prices. At the time of the cancellation, only 1,000 of 8,000 available tickets ($65-$99) have been sold.

1998 Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the band's new retail store, S'Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The store stocks merchandise from the band's worldwide tours, clothing from both the clothing lines by bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist Vince Neil, and all Motley Crue albums.

1998 Songwriters/producers/musicians Vada Nobles, Johari Newton, Tejumold Newton, and Rasheem Pugh file a lawsuit against Lauryn Hill, alleging that the Ruffhouse/Columbia artist failed to give them proper writing and producing credits or pay them royalties for their work on the hit album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

1997 The US premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's Standing Stone is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Foster.

1996 Raul Malo (lead singer of The Mavericks) and wife Betty welcome Victor Antonio Malo, their second son, on brother Dino's first birthday.

1995 The first installment of The Beatles Anthology documentary airs on ABC.

1995 Frank Sinatra's all-star 80th birthday tribute is held in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, featuring Bob Dylan performing "Restless Farewell" (at the request of Sinatra; Dylan wanted to perform Sinatra's "That's Life") and Paula Abdul singing "Luck Be A Lady." Afterwards, Dylan and fellow performer Bruce Springsteen, along with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, are invited back to the crooner's home. (Sinatra's actual birthday isn't until December 12th.)

1992 Linda Ronstadt appears on the famous "Mr. Plow" episode of The Simpsons, where she appears in a commercial for Homer's rival, Plow King (Barney Gumble).

1991 Paul McCartney's first classical piece, Liverpool Oratorio, is performed in America for the first time, at New York's Carnegie Hall.

1979 Frank Zappa's one and only rock opera, Joe's Garage, is released. The second half came out November 19th, the first half was released in the previous September. The opera mixes styles of blues, jazz, doo-wop, lounge, orchestral, rock, pop and reggae. While it draws controversy at the time for profane lyrics, it has since been hailed as a cultural milestone and landmark album. The work also looks forward to Zappa's later crusade against the PMRC with its themes of government censorship, and introduces a few memes into the Zappa lexicon, including "The Central Scrutinizer," "a little green rosetta," and of course, the term "roto-plooker."

1979 Loverboy plays their first ever concert, opening for Kiss at The Coliseum in Vancouver.

1977 The Frank Sinatra TV-movie Contract On Cherry Street airs on NBC.

1976 Van Morrison's Moondance album is certified Gold.

1975 The J. Geils Band records Blow Your Face Out at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

1973 Emerson, Lake, & Palmer release their fourth studio album, Brain Salad Surgery, featuring the live showstopper "Karn Evil 9."

1973 Led Zeppelin begin recording the demos for their new album, Physical Graffiti, including a new song entitled "Driving To Kashmir" (today known as "Kashmir").

1973 Bob Dylan releases his 13th studio album, Dylan.

1971 R&B singer-songwriter Tony Rich is born Antonio Jeffries Jr. in Detroit, Michigan. Known for the 1996 hit single "Nobody Knows."

1971 B.B. King marks his 25th anniversary in music by opening a European tour in London.

1969 Travis McNabb (drummer for Better Than Ezra) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1968 Onstage with The Supremes at the Royal Command Variety Performance in London, Diana Ross interrupts the show with a plea for greater interracial understanding. She receives a two-minute ovation from the audience, which includes members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II herself stands after Ross' moving performance of West Side Story's "Somewhere."

1966 The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1965 At the Glad Rags Ball in London, The Who's lead singer, Roger Daltrey, storms off stage in the middle of a set plagued with PA problems. Rumors of a Who breakup spread quickly throughout London with most of them naming Boz Burrell (ofKing Crimson and Bad Company) as Daltrey's possible replacement.

1960 Matt Sorum (drummer for Guns N' Roses) is born in Orange County, California.

1960 While in Los Angeles during the filming of his seventh movie, Wild In The Country, Elvis Presley suffers a bit of road rage, pulling a gun on a group of passengers in another car who had supposedly insulted him.

1959 An unnamed RCA executive tells reporters that, when he returns from the Army, Elvis Presley's music will be very different than the rock and roll he performed previously. Manager Colonel Tom Parker rushes to issue an official denial to fans.

1957 Elvis Presley's first Christmas album, titled Elvis' Christmas Album, is released. It will become the best-selling holiday album of all time.

1954 Annette Guest (of the girl group First Choice) is born in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia trio First Choice was known for '70s disco hits like "Armed and Extremely Dangerous," "Smarty Pants," and "Love Thang," among others.

1954 While driving from Vegas to Los Angeles, Sammy Davis, Jr. crashes into another car on Route 66 in San Bernardino, California, and three days later, permanently loses use of his left eye. While in the hospital, friend Eddie Cantor tells Davis about the twin struggles of the Jewish and African-Americans, leading Davis to convert to Judaism. (The accident, paradoxically, increased his popularity.)

1946 Drummer Joe Correro Jr. (of Paul Revere and the Raiders) is born in Greenwood, Mississippi.

1943 Fred Lipsius (original saxophonist for Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in The Bronx, New York.

1943 Stan Kenton and His Orchestra record "Artistry in Rhythm."

1939 Soul singer Warren "Pete" Moore (of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1938 Hank Medress (of The Tokens) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1937 Geoff Goddard (keyboardist on The Tornados' "Telstar") is born in Reading, Berkshire, England. Wrote John Leyton's hit UK single "Johnny Remember Me" (1961).

1936 Ray Collins (vocalist, percussionist for Mothers of Invention) is born in Pomona, California.

1927 Folk singer and, yes, actual postman The Singing Postman is born Allan Smethurst is born in Walshaw, Lancashire, England.

1905 Bandleader Tommy Dorsey is born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.

1828 Austrian composer Franz Schubert dies in Vienna, Austria, at age 31. The cause is listed as typhoid fever, though some scholars believe it was syphilis. 

Milli Vanilli Have To Give Back Their Grammy

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences strips the 1989 Best New Artist Grammy from Milli Vanilli because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn't actually sing on their debut album, "Girl You Know It's True." It is the first time a Grammy has ever been revoked.

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2016 At the Sacramento stop on his Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye West does three songs, delivers a 17-minute monologue, and leaves the stage

2002 While greeting fans from a fifth-floor hotel balcony in Berlin, Michael Jackson shocks the world by dangling his newborn son Prince Michael II over the side of the railing.

2002 Eminem hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first time when "Lose Yourself," from his movie 8 Mile, tops the chart.

1994 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Honeybee" on Saturday Night Live with Dave Grohl on drums, who considers joining the band full time.More

1983 Tom Evans of Badfinger commits suicide. Eight years earlier, his bandmate Pete Ham dies in similar fashion. The acclaimed band had extraordinary bad business dealings with their record labels, Apple and Warner Bros., which were a contributing factor in their deaths.

1982 Led Zeppelin releases their final studio album, Coda.

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