Friday, November 24, 2017

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Music History: November 24th:


2014 Iggy Azalea reissues her debut album, The New Classic, as Reclassified. The re-release features five newly recorded songs.

2014 Eminem releases the two-disc compilation album Shady XV.

2009 Donny Osmond wins Season 9 of Dancing With The Stars.

2003 Glen Campbell is arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run charges in Phoenix, Arizona, after crashing his BMW into another car at another intersection and continuing on. The 67-year-old Campbell, who is sentenced to ten days in jail, allegedly knees an officer's groin during the arrest.

2001 Pop singer Melanie Thornton (lead singer for La Bouche) dies in a plane crash (Crossair Flight 3597) near Zurich, Switzerland, at age 34.

1997 Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols is the defendant in an episode of Judge Judy. The case is a wrongful termination suit brought on by his former drummer, which Rotten wins.

1996 Crowded House play their farewell concert, performing on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to a crowd of over 100,000. In 2007, they get back together.

1994 Oasis is named Best UK Band at the first annual MTV European Music Awards.

1993 Albert Collins, electric blues guitarist and singer, dies of cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 61. The "Master of the Telecaster" can be seen in a cameo appearance in the 1987 comedy Adventures in Babysitting (performing "Babysitting Blues" with the cast).

1991 Freddie Mercury (frontman for Queen) dies of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in Kensington, London, England, at age 45.

1991 Eric Carr of Kiss dies of heart cancer at age 41.

1985 Bluesman Big Joe Turner, real name Joseph Vernon Turner Jr., dies of heart failure after a series of illnesses in Inglewood, California, at age 74.

1979 The Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" hits #1 in America.

1978 In a clear prelude to his coming "Christian" direction, the Jewish-born Bob Dylan plays tonight's gig in Fort Worth, Texas, wearing a large gold cross around his neck.

1976 The Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser collaboration Wanted! The Outlaws becomes the first country album certified Platinum.

1974 In the midst of his infamous "Lost Weekend," John Lennon rehearses with Elton John for Elton's upcoming Madison Square Garden performance, at which Lennon will make a surprise cameo.

1973 Ringo Starr's "Photograph" hits #1.

1972 Produced by Don Kirshner, the TV series In Concert debuts on ABC as a competitor to NBC's Midnight Special. Guests on the first episode include Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Allman Brothers Band, and Poco.

1970 Guitarist Chad Taylor (of Live) is born in Baltimore, Maryland. By age 13, he moves to York, Pennsylvania, where he meets his future bandmates in middle school.

1965 Dawn Robinson (of En Vogue) is born in New London, Connecticut.

1965 NBC airs the musical special Frank Sinatra: A Man And His Music to honor the crooner.

1964 The Who, until recently The High Numbers, perform their first gig under the new name at London's Marquee Club, promising what the posters famously call "Maximum R&B."

1964 The UK's first commercial radio station, Radio Manx, begins broadcasting from the Isle of Man.

1962 John Squire (guitarist for The Stone Roses) is born in Broadheath, Altrincham, Cheshire, England, where future bandmate Ian Brown is a neighbor.

1961 In yet another important development for British blues-rock, Chicago blues legend Howlin' Wolf makes his first appearance in the UK for his first European tour, touring behind his latest single, "Little Baby."

1959 Teen heartthrob Johnnie Ray is arrested in London for soliciting an undercover officer in a gay bar. (He is later found not guilty.)

1958 The Kingston Trio's LP The Kingston Trio hits #1.

1957 Chris Hayes (lead guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News) is born in Great Lakes, Illinois.

1957 Harry Belafonte's "Mary's Boy Child" becomes the first single to sell a million copies in the UK. It stays at #1 for an unheard-of seven weeks and has becomes a perennial UK Christmas favorite.

1955 Drummer Clement Burke (aka Elvis Ramone) (of the Ramones, Blondie) is born in Bayonne, New Jersey.

1950 The musical comedy Guys and Dolls premieres on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre. Two years later, it spawns a film adaptation starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.

1945 Lee Michaels is born Michael Olsen in Los Angeles, California. Known for the 1971 pop hit "Do You Know What I Mean."

1943 Pianist Richard Tee is born in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being a studio and session musician, Tee forms the band Stuff with drummer Steve Gadd.

1943 Robin Williamson (of The Incredible String Band) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1942 Billy Connolly, musician, actor, and comedian, is born in Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland. After a stint as a welder, he pursues a career as a folk singer with The Humblebums, featuring Gerry Rafferty.

1941 Bass guitarist Donald "Duck" Dunn (of Booker T. & the MG's) is born in Memphis, Tennessee. His dad gives him the nickname "Duck" while they watch cartoons together featuring the popular Donald Duck.

1941 Pete Best (original drummer for The Beatles) is born in Delhi, India.

1940 Country singer-songwriter Johnny Carver is born in Jackson, Mississippi. Known for his 1973 hit cover of Tony Orlando's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree."

1939 Guitarist Jim Yester (of The Association) is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1937 The Andrews Sisters release "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön."

1931 Guitarist Tommy Allsup (of The Crickets) is born in Owasso, Oklahoma. Co-wrote The Ventures' "Guitar Twist." Allsup nearly became a tragic footnote in music history when he flipped a coin to win a seat on the plane that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, but he "lost" to Valens.

1925 Al Cohn, jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger, is born in Brooklyn, New York. Known for his work with clarinetist Woody Herman and fellow sax player Zoot Sims.

1924 Eileen Barton is born in Brooklyn, New York, to two vaudeville performers. Known for her 1950 hit "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake."

1912 Jazz pianist Teddy Wilson is born in Austin, Texas. He works with a host of influential performers, including Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Lena Horne.

1898 The first Maple Leaf Ball is held in Sedalia, Missouri.

1868 Scott Joplin, Ragtime composer and pianist, is born in Northeast Texas. 

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli Buys Only Copy Of Wu-Tang Clan Album

2015The only copy of Wu-Tang Clan's new double album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is sold at auction. The buyer is not Wu-Tang obsessive Quentin Tarantino as many hoped, but Martin Shkreli, a 32-year-old pharmaceutical executive notorious for buying a drug company and raising the price of their AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

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1991 Cyndi Lauper marries the actor David Thornton. Little Richard, who is an ordained minister, presides over the ceremony and performs at the reception.

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