Saturday, November 25, 2017

Today in Music History...November 25, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: November 25th:


2015 Alicia Keys begins her two-episode stint as Skye Summers on the hip-hop-centered TV series Empire.

2013 Gary dos Santos, known as the "Mayor of Strawberry Fields," dies at age 49 after a battle with leukemia. Dos Santos ruled over the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park, dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. He helped keep order and decorum in the area, arranged flowers at the memorial, and greeted tourists who came by.

2013 Beastie Boys sue the toy company GoldieBlox for running an online ad featuring little girls singing an altered version of their song "Girls" (the group has never allowed their songs to be licensed for advertising). The suit is settled on March 19, 2014, with GoldieBlox issuing an apology and making a donation to charity.

2011 Blues musician Coco Robicheaux dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, at age 64.

2008 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, the soundtrack to the Christmas comedy special of the same name starring Stephen Colbert, is released on iTunes. Most of the songs featured on the album were written by comedy writer David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, who is the bass player for Fountains of Wayne. The album will go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

2006 Mexican banda music singer Valentin Elizalde is gunned down in his car after a concert performance, presumably by a gang of drug traffickers, at age 27. Elizalde often sang narcocorridos, "drug ballads" that have been compared to gangster rap.

2005 Country music makes itself comfortable all around New York when the Country Music Association holds its 39th annual CMA Awards show at Madison Square Garden.

2003 Meat Loaf undergoes surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.

2002 Justin Timberlake releases his debut solo album, Justified. It debuts at #2 in America and earns Top 5 entries with the singles "Cry Me A River" and "Rock Your Body."

1999 Clint Black is on hand to help the Salvation Army launch its annual holiday fundraising drive. Black entertains during the third annual "National Kettle Kick-off," a half-time event at the Dallas Cowboys' football game.

1997 Blues singer and guitarist Fenton Robinson dies of complications from brain cancer in Rockford, Illinois, at age 62. Known for his signature song, "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" (1967).

1997 The original Zombies lineup -- Rod Argent on organ, Colin Blunstone on vocals, Paul Atkinson on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Hugh Grundy on drums -- reunites onstage for the first time in 30 years at London's Jazz Cafe, performing two songs only: "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season" to promote their new box set Zombie Heaven.

1997 Garth Brooks releases Sevens.

1997 2Pac's R U Still Down? (Remember Me) is released posthumously.

1988 Having successfully completed their stint in an Arizona rehab clinic for alcoholism, Ringo Starr and his second wife, actress Barbara Bach, return to England.

1984 Band Aid records "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

1978 Playing The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is hit in the face with a bottle thrown from the audience. The band leaves the stage and the show is cancelled after Joe Perry tells the crowd, "We love you, but you can't throw things at us." A firecracker was thrown on stage during an Aerosmith show the previous year.

1975 Deep in debt, Elvis Presley takes out a $350,000 loan from the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, Tennessee. His Graceland estate is put up as collateral.

1974 Nick Drake dies after overdosing on the antidepressant Tryptasol. Just 26 years old, the British musician released three albums in his lifetime.

1972 Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke announces that he's leaving the group. (It doesn't take.)

1971 Carly Simon releases "Anticipation."

1970 Jazz sax player Albert Ayler is found dead in New York City's East River after being missing for 20 days. It's assumed that the 34 year old committed suicide.

1969 As a protest against Britain's military involvement in foreign conflicts, John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal, with an attached letter that reads, puckishly, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag."

1968 The Frank Sinatra special Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing, featuring Diahann Carroll and The 5th Dimension, airs on CBS.

1968 Cream play their last concert at London's Royal Albert Hall to a fanatic crowd of over 10,000 who chant "God save the Cream" as the group leaves the stage. The show is released three months later as Goodbye Cream.

1968 Elvis Presley records "Let's Forget About The Stars" and "Charro."

1967 "Incense And Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock hits #1 in America. The song is co-written by the band's guitarist, Ed King, who later joins Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1967 Rodney Sheppard (guitarist for Sugar Ray) is born in Trinidad, but is raised in Newport Beach, California.

1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays their first UK show at the Bag O'Nails in London.

1966 R&B and gospel singer Stacy Lattisaw is born in Washington, D.C. She has a #1 hit in 1989 with the duet "Where Do We Go From Here" with Johnny Gill.

1966 The Beatles record The Beatles' Fourth Christmas Album.

1965 London's famed department store, Harrods, opens for The Beatles for two hours after closing time in order to allow the members of the group to do their Christmas shopping.

1961 The Everly Brothers report for duty at Camp Pendleton in southern California after joining the Marine Corps Reserves. By enlisting together, the brothers ensure that they won't be drafted - and separated.

1959 Jack Scott records "What In The World's Come Over You."

1957 Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps make their US television debut, performing "Lotta Loving" and "Dance to the Bop" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1957 An article in Billboard claims, perhaps presumptively, that the era of the "package tour" is dead, with rock and roll artists feeling they can take a bigger cut from individual "record hops."

1952 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Why Don't You Believe Me" by Joni James.

1947 Val Fuentes (drummer for It's A Beautiful Day) is born in Chicago, Illinois. His son Carlos is also be born on November 25 in 1985.

1944 "You Always Hurt the One You Love" by The Mills Brothers hits #1 in the US.

1944 Drummer Bev Bevan (of Electric Light Orchestra) is born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England.

1942 Folk singer Bob Lind is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1940 R&B singer Percy Sledge is born in Leighton, Alabama.

1931 Nat Adderley, jazz cornet and trumpet player, is born in Tampa, Florida, to a family that includes older brother, Julian, also known as sax player Cannonball Adderley.

The Band puts on their farewell concert, The Last Waltz.

Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers, Ronnie Hawkins, and Dr. John join The Band for The Last Waltz, a farewell concert for the ages.

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1995 "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Hot 100. The song appears on the soundtrack to the film Waiting To Exhale, which stars Houston.

1989 Thanks to a video that gets Alice Cooper his first significant spins on MTV, "Poison" hits #7 - the rocker's first Top 40 hit in nine years.

1960 Amy Grant is born in Augusta, Georgia. The Christian singer makes a controversial transition to secular music with the #1 pop singles "The Next Time I Fall" (a 1986 duet with Peter Cetera) and "Baby Baby."

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