Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Music History: November 21th:


2014 David Guetta releases Listen, his sixth studio album.

2008 Bruce Springsteen's title track from his forthcoming Working On A Dream album hits radio.

2006 Black Eyed Peas take home three awards at the 2006 American Music Awards, held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and broadcast live on ABC. The Peas, which accept the awards via satellite from Costa Rica, are named favorite group in the soul/R&B and rap/hip-hop categories, and pick up honors for favorite album (Monkey Business) in the rap/hip-hop genre.

2003 The acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned how to play is sold at a London auction for 276,000 pounds. The original price of the guitar: three and one-half pounds.

2003 Pop singer-songwriter Teddy Randazzo, who penned hits for Little Anthony & the Imperials, dies at age 68.

2002 Hadda Brooks, known for the '40s R&B hit "Out of the Blue," dies following open-heart surgery at age 86.

2001 Jonathan King is sentenced to seven years in prison for a series of sexual assaults on teenage boys between 1982 and 1987.

1997 Coolio and seven members of his band 40 Thevz are arrested and charged with theft and assault in a boutique in the town of Boblingen, Germany. The eight are charged with assaulting a female clerk in a clothing store and stealing clothing worth $2,000.

1995 Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is arrested for mooning the audience during a show in Milwaukee. He pays a $141.50 fine for indecent exposure.

1995 The Beatles release Anthology I (including the previously unreleased track "Free As A Bird," and sell 450,000 copies the first day).

1995 Bruce Springsteen releases The Ghost Of Tom Joad.

1995 Rappers Tupac Shakur and Tha Dogg Pound get into the holiday spirit by giving out 2,000 turkeys in Los Angeles.

1995 Peter Grant (manager for The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, and Bad Company) dies of a heart attack at age 60.

1995 Matthew Ashman (Bow Wow Wow guitarist) dies of complications from diabetes at age 35.

1992 Adam Sandler sings "The Thanksgiving Song" on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.

1990 After a decade-long relationship, Mick Jagger marries model/actress Jerry Hall in a six-hour ceremony on the island of Bali. Eight years later, almost to the day, their marriage would be annulled after a judge rules the couple were never registered with authorities (and after Hall learns that Jagger is the father of someone else's child).

1987 Nina Simone, who hasn't charted in the UK since 1969, hits #5 with the re-release of her 1958 song "My Baby Just Cares For Me" thanks to its use in TV commercials for Chanel No. 5 perfume.

1987 George Harrison has the #2 UK hit with "Got My Mind Set On You," while Paul McCartney's All The Best is #2 on the Albums chart. Keeping these Beatles at bay is T'Pau, whose album Bridge of Spies and single "China In Your Hand" hold the top spots.

1987 Billy Idol's remake of the Tommy James & the Shondells hit "Mony Mony" goes to #1 in the US. The new generation of listeners takes to improvising "hey, hey, what, get l--d, get f--ked" in the chorus.

1986 Switched-On Bach, an album of Moog synthesizer interpretations of classical compositions, becomes just the second classical album certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album was released in 1969 by Walter Carlos, who in the late '70s switched gender, becoming Wendy Carlos.

1982 Joni Mitchell marries her bass player, Larry Klein, at manager Elliot Roberts' home in Malibu, California.

1980 Don Henley is arrested after calling 911 to save a 16-year-old prostitute who has overdosed on cocaine and Quaaludes at his Los Angeles home.More

1980 Steely Dan releases Gaucho. The album is meticulously produced and features contributions from Rick Derringer and Mark Knopfler.

1975 Elton John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in conjunction with an "Elton John Week" being declared in Los Angeles.

1974 Marty Balin, who has vowed to never return to the band, reunites with Jefferson Airplane, now known as Jefferson Starship, at a show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. He would join the band for their next album, Red Octopus.

1974 Kelsi Osborn (of SheDaisy) is born in Magna, Utah.

1973 Song parodist Allan Sherman, known for the Grammy Award-winning novelty hit "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," dies of emphysema ten days before his 49th birthday.

1970 The Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1968 With girlfriend Yoko Ono about to miscarry their first son, John Ono Lennon II, John Lennon asks for a tape recorder to be brought to the hospital so that he can record the baby's dying heartbeat. Later that day, Yoko miscarries; the baby is buried in a secret location and the recording appears on the duo's album Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions as a track called "Baby's Heartbeat," followed by "Two Minutes Silence" for his death.

1968 Blur bass player Alex James is born in Bournemouth, England.

1967 Margret Ornolfsdottir (keyboardist for The Sugarcubes) is born in Iceland.

1965 Björk Guðmundsdóttir is born in Reykjavík, Iceland. After gaining acclaim in her group The Sugarcubes, she will rise to fame as a solo artist, using only her first name.

1962 Elvis Presley's 11th film, Girls! Girls! Girls!, opens in US theaters.

1962 Stephen Curtis Chapman is born in Paducah, Kentucky.

1960 The Beatles' George Harrison, just 17, is deported from Hamburg, Germany, where the group has been performing at the Kaiserkeller club, back to his native England. Historians typically blame the club's owner, Bruno Koschmider, who may have tipped the authorities to George's age; The Beatles had broken his exclusive contract by playing in other venues, then returned to their rooms in one of his other venues and set it on fire in protest of being canned.

1960 Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs' "Stay" hits #1.

1960 Ray Charles has four entries on the Billboard Hot 100: "Georgia On My Mind" (#5), "Ruby" (#51), "Hard Hearted Hannah" (#66), and "Come Rain Or Come Shine" (#95).

1955 Peter Koppes (guitarist for The Church) is born in Canberra, Australia.

1953 Tony Bennett's "Rags To Riches" hits #1.

1952 Judy Garland gives birth to her second child, baby girl Lorna Luft. The father is Garland's third husband, Sid Luft.

1950 Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor is born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a family that includes brother James Taylor. He will be raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

1950 Guitarist Gary Pihl (of Boston) is born in Chicago, Illinois, but would later move to San Mateo, California.

1949 Drummer Randy Zehringer, brother of The McCoys' guitarist Rick Derringer, is born in Celina, Ohio.

1948 John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboardist for Free) is born in Houston, Texas.

1948 Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan (percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist for War) is born in San Diego, California.

1948 John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboardist for Free) is born in Houston, Texas.

1944 The Mutual radio network broadcasts the first episode of The Roy Rogers Show, also featuring the Whippoorwills and The Sons Of The Pioneers.

1944 Harry James records "I'm Beginning To See The Light."

1941 David Porter, singer-songwriter and producer, is born in Memphis, Tennessee. A prolific songwriter, he's known for contributing to hits like Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin," Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover," and Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."

1941 Sax player Andrew Love (of The Memphis Horns) is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Contributed to the legendary horn sound on recordings by Stax Records performers like Otis Redding.

1940 Blues musician Dr. John is born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1934 The Cole Porter musical Anything Goes opens on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre.

1933 Country singer Jean Shepard is born Ollie Imogene Shepard in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Her biggest hit was 1953's "A Dear John Letter," a duet with Ferlin Husky, which topped the country chart and peaked at #4 on the pop chart.

1907 Songwriter, arranger Buck Ram is born Samuel Ram in Chicago, Illinois. Known for his work with The Platters, among other greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. (You can also spot him under the pseudonyms Ande Rand, Lynn Paul and Jean Miles.)

1904 Coleman Hawkins, jazz tenor saxophonist, is born in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

1846 The literary character Sweeney Todd makes his first ever appearance, in a short story The String of Pearls: A Romance. The story later becomes a musical, complete with the song "The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd."

1695 Baroque composer Henry Purcell dies at age 35 (or 36) from an indeterminate cause.

"Physical" Hits #1 On Its Way To Becoming The Biggest Hit Of 1981

1981"Physical" by Olivia Newton-John hits #1 in the US. The sweaty aerobics anthem stays at the top spot for 10 weeks, making it the biggest hit of 1981.

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2000 Backstreet Boys release their fourth album, Black & Blue. Catering to the screaming teenage girl demographic, they promote it with an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live. The album is one of biggest debuts in history, with initial shipments of about 6 million.More

1999 Singer/actor Alvin Cash (of The Crawlers) dies of ulcer complications at age 60.

1991 An animated Aerosmith perform "Walk This Way" on the "Flaming Moe's" episode of The Simpsons. The band is one of the first musical guests on the show.

1987 "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol replaces "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany at #1 in the US. Both songs were originally recorded in the '60s by Tommy James & the Shondells.

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