Monday, November 20, 2017

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Music History: November 20th:


2016 Ariana Grande wins Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. Justin Bieber is also a big winner, taking home four trophies. Green Day takes a swipe at Donald Trump, who was elected president two weeks earlier, in their performance of "Bang Bang," going into a chant of "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA."

2013 Loretta Lynn is honored at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The singer is awarded as "one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early 1960s, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men."

2010 Little Smokey Smothers, Blues guitarist and singer, dies of natural causes in Chicago, Illinois, at age 71.

2008 Newly married Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (of Fall Out Boy) welcome a baby boy: Bronx Mowgli Wentz.

2007 Bob Relf (of the '60s soul duo Bob & Earl) dies at age 70 after a long period of ill health.

2005 Blues rocker Chris Whitley dies of lung cancer in Houston, Texas, at age 45.

2005 Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor album becomes her ninth UK chart-topper, while "Hung Up" starts its second week at #1 on the singles chart, her 11th on that tally.

2004 De La Soul's The Grind Date debuts at #17 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #10 on the Rap Albums chart.

2003 After a long investigation, acclaimed "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector is formally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his home in Los Angeles. Spector enters a plea of not guilty, and is later indicted for murder.

2002 After an altercation at a gas station, neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested at his home. Making matters worse, he resists arrest and is pepper sprayed by police.

2002 Stevie Wonder threatens to sue his mother, Lula Hardaway, for a passage in her new autobiography where she claims Stevie lost his virginity to a prostitute. The story is deleted from future copies.

2001 Pink releases her second album, M!ssundaztood.

2001 Charlie Daniels undergoes surgery in Nashville for prostate cancer.

2001 Deana Carter releases Father Christmas.

2000 Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual "Soul Train" Christmas Starfest at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The show features top R&B artists performing holiday favorites.

1999 Patty Loveless kicks off the holiday season by traveling aboard a CSX Transportation train bearing gifts to families along a route from Pikeville, Kentucky - Loveless' hometown - to Kingsport, Tennessee. The transportation system has distributed 15 tons of gifts annually to people living in Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia.

1998 Saxophonist Roland Alphonso (of The Skatalites, known for 1967's "Guns of Navarone") dies at age 67 after being in a coma for four days due to burst blood vessels in his neck and head.

1998 Alanis Morissette does an in-store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album for the day are donated to a local children's hospital.

1998 A three-day World Conference on Music and Censorship begins in Copenhagen with aims to establish a support organization for musicians, similar to writers' free speech body PEN.

1997 Music journalist Robert Palmer (not to be confused with the singer of the same name) dies of liver disease in Valhalla, New York, at age 52. Palmer wrote for The New York Times and Rolling Stone and penned the book Deep Blues.

1997 Paul McCartney tapes an interview and live performance of "Flaming Pie" and "Young Boy" for the syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show.

1994 Former Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young member David Crosby receives a liver transplant.

1993 With their debut album, Core, climbing the charts, Stone Temple Pilots are musical guests on Saturday Night Live.

1993 Part of Ninth Street in Augusta, Georgia, is renamed James Brown Boulevard in honor of their famous native.

1991 Randy Jackson of The Jacksons is sentenced to a month in a Los Angeles jail for violating his probation for spousal abuse.

1986 Bring Me the Horizon lead singer Oli Sykes is born in Ashford, Kent, England.

1984 Michael Jackson is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's famous Chinese Theatre, creating the largest-ever crowd for such an unveiling.

1976 "Muskrat Love," a song by Captain & Tennille about the amorous adventures of two rodents, reaches peaks at #4 on the Hot 100.

1975 R&B singer Tamika Scott (of Xscape) is born in College Park, Georgia. Originated the role of Millet Jennet Baptiste-Brown in Tyler Perry's play Meet the Browns in 2004.

1973 Song parodist Allan Sherman dies of emphysema in West Hollywood, California, at age 48.

1972 Elton John releases "Crocodile Rock" in the US.

1971 Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1970 The Kinks' Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a section of the lead vocals for the group's latest single, "Apeman." Radio stations are objecting to the line "The air pollution is foggin' up my eyes," claiming "foggin'" sounds too much like another f-word.

1970 Tom Waits gets his first-ever paid gig, appearing as "Thomas Waits" and receiving $25.00 by opening for Michael Milner and Claire Hart.

1968 Janis Joplin's manager Albert Grossman approaches Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites about creating her new backup group, which becomes the Kozmic Blues Band.

1966 The Kander-Ebb musical Cabaret, featuring Joel Grey and Bert Convy, opens on Broadway.

1965 Michael Diamond aka Mike D (of Beastie Boys) is born in New York City.

1965 "I Hear A Symphony" by The Supremes goes to #1 in America for the first of two weeks.

1964 John Lennon acts out his own "Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me)," taken from his recent book of whimsy In His Own Write, for later broadcast on BBC's comedy show Not Only... But Also, assisted by Dudley Moore and Norman Rossington.

1961 Billboard reports on the stunning popularity of the "Twist" craze: Three separate films, starring Chubby Checker, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, and Dion, are scheduled for production, and New York television station WOR is airing hourly twist lessons of between one and five minutes, also featuring Checker.

1961 Bob Dylan records "You're No Good," "Fixin' To Die," "House Of The Risin' Sun," "Talking New York," "Song To Woody," "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down," "In My Time of Dyin'."

1959 Alan Freed, who is an influential DJ on the radio station WABC and host of the TV show Alan Freed's Big Beat Party, is fired from both outlets when he refuses to sign a statement saying he took payola, which was the practice of record companies paying for airplay.

1957 Jim Brown (drummer for UB40) is born in Birmingham, England.

1957 The Silhouettes release "Get A Job."

1955 After agreeing to perform Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit "Sixteen Tons" on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, Bo Diddley instead plays the song he was actually there to promote, his own hit "Bo Diddley." A furious Sullivan blackballs Bo from ever appearing on the show again. The singer has claimed he was never paid for the performance.

1954 Frank Marino (frontman for Mahogany Rush) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1952 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: "It's in the Book" by Johnny Standley

1950 Gary Green (guitarist for Gentle Giant) is born in Stroud Green, North London, England.

1947 Joe Walsh (guitarist, vocalist for James Gang, Eagles) is born Joseph Fidler Walsh in Wichita, Kansas.

1946 Duane Allman (guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band, Derek and the Dominos) is born in Nashville, Tennessee.

1946 Ray Stiles (bass guitarist for The Hollies) is born in Guildford, Surrey, England.

1944 Record producer Mike Vernon is born in Harrow, Middlesex, England. He'll produce albums from David Bowie, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mac.

1942 "Spirit In The Sky" singer Norman Greenbaum is born in Malden, Massachusetts.

1940 Tony Butala (lead singer of The Lettermen) is born in Sharon, Pennsylvania.

1929 Leo Reisman records "Happy Days Are Here Again."

1925 Jazz singer June Christy is born Shirley Luster in Springfield, Illinois. She would start her career as vocalist for Stan Kenton's Orchestra, garnering hits like "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," "Tampico," and "How High the Moon" before going solo.

1827 Composer Edmond Dede is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1820 Whaling ship The Essex is rammed and sunk by a whale in the South Pacific, later inspiring the song "Nantucket Sleighride."

Fan Takes Over When Keith Moon Passes Out

1973After Keith Moon passes out at his drum kit, The Who pull a fan from the audience to take over.

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2013 "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi returns to the Hot 100 at #25, thanks to a viral video of a Boston Celtics fan dancing to the song. Billboard tweaked their methodology earlier in the year so streaming views of songs were factored into the chart tally.

2012 Fiona Apple cancels the remaining dates on her Idler Wheel tour to care for her dying dog.

2007 The debut album from Amy Winehouse, Frank, is finally released in the US eight months after her second album, and three years after its British release. Although critically acclaimed and massively influential in her native UK, it fails to set the American charts on fire, reaching its peak of #33 only after the singer's untimely death in 2011.

2003 After returning to his Neverland home after a raid on it a few days before, and in response to an arrest warrant, Michael Jackson is charged with child molestation in Santa Barbara, California. The singer is immediately released after posting three million dollars' bail.

2003 The first ever Vibe Awards takes place in Santa Monica, California, with 50 Cent winning for Artist of the Year, Dopest Album (Get Rich or Die Tryin') and Hottest Hook ("In Da Club").

1992 L7 lead singer Donita Sparks takes off her knickers during the band's live performance of "Pretend We're Dead" on the British TV show The Word.

1976 Paul Simon opens Saturday Night Live dressed as a turkey (in honor of Thanksgiving). He performs part of "Still Crazy After All These Years," before telling the audience, "When the turkey concept was first brought up, I said there's a very good chance I'm going to end up looking stupid."

1975 George Harrison and Paul Simon share the stage on Saturday Night Live to perform "Homeward Bound" and "Here Comes The Sun." Earlier in the year, the show's producer Lorne Michaels offered The Beatles $3000 to reunite. In the opening sketch, he is seen arguing with Harrison over how much of that money he should get.

1955 In the music equivalent to the Babe Ruth trade, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips sells Elvis Presley's contract to RCA for $35,000. It wasn't all bad for Phillips: Presley had just one year left on his contract, and Phillips invested the money in a local hotel chain called the Holiday Inn, which made him a bigger fortune than anything he did in music.

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