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Music History: November 4th:
2016 Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani lend their voices to the animated film Trolls. Timberlake plays Branch, a paranoid troll who's in love with a princess, while Stefani is resident disc jockey DJ Suki.
2015 Gwen Stefani and country singer Blake Shelton, co-stars on The Voice, officially announce they are dating. Stefani recently separated from her husband, Gavin Rossdale.
2003 Skid Row's Sebastian Bach starts his recurring role on Gilmore Girls in the episode "The Festival of Living Art," as a guitarist who joins Lane Kim's band.
2001 Michael Jackson's Invincible becomes his seventh #1 album (as a solo artist) in the UK.
2000 Jazz drummer Vernel Fournier, aka Amir Rushdan, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 72.
1998 Amazon.com forms the program "Advantage For Music," which allows unsigned artists and independent labels to sell music online.
1997 Capitol Records releases the four-disc set The Pet Sounds Sessions, chronicling the creation of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 LP. In addition to a remastered version of the original album, it also contains outtakes, unreleased tracks, and a capella tracks.
1995 Michael Jackson premieres his new single "Earth Song" on the German celebrity game show Wanna Bet?
1994 Fred "Sonic" Smith (of The Sonics, MC5), plagued by poor health, dies of heart failure at age 45.
1993 At a memorial service for the actor River Phoenix, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys has a run-in with a videographer and is later charged with battery and grand theft (for stealing his tape). He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
1992 Elton John and Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million songwriting deal with publishing giant Warner/Chappell, the largest such deal up to that time.
1990 The musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.
1988 The U2 documentary Rattle And Hum opens worldwide.
1986 Soul legend Jerry "Iceman" Butler is elected to the Board of Commissioners in his home district of Cook County in Chicago.
1984 Prince kicks off his Purple Rain tour with a show in Detroit. His opening act is Sheila E., whose Prince-penned song "The Glamorous Life" reached #7 in America the previous month.
1983 Paul Simon releases Hearts and Bones, his sixth solo album. The title track is about his new bride, the actress Carrie Fisher.More
1980 Ronnie Goodson (of Ronnie and the Hi-Lites), battling brain cancer, dies in his sleep at age 33.
1980 An ailing Bob Marley is baptized a "Christian Rastafarian" at Kingston, Jamaica's Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
1978 Anne Murray's "You Needed Me" hits #1.
1978 Linda Ronstadt's LP Living In The USA hits #1.
1978 Van Morrison is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, where he plays "Wavelength" and "Kingdom Hall."
1978 Boston plays in the city of Boston for the first time, a sold-out show at the Boston Garden.
1978 Former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bassist Greg Reeves sues the group for a million dollars in alleged unpaid royalties from sales of the hit 1970 album Déjà Vu.
1976 A bomb threat delays the start of Bruce Springsteen's concert at the Palladium in New York; Springsteen jokes that the threat was made by former manager Mike Appel, who's currently suing him.
1975 Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at the Cardiff Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales. A recording of the show is released over thirty years later on the album Live at the Cadriff Capital Theatre.
1972 With reggae catching on in America, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash hits #1 on the Hot 100.
1971 Shawn Rivera (of the R&B group Az Yet) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1971 Mott the Hoople's "The Moon Upstairs" is broadcast on Sounds Of The Seventies. Hunter's vocal expletive in the final line is replaced by a humorous cough.
1969 Sean Combs - known by the stage Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, and Diddy - is born in Harlem, New York City.
1969 Ivory "Deek" Watson (tenor singer of the vocal group The Ink Spots) dies of a stroke at age 60.
1968 Cream perform their last US concert (in Providence, Rhode Island) prior to their breakup.
1965 Jeff Scott Soto (of Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen band) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1965 The Beatles record "What Goes On."
1963 Child singer Lena Zavaroni is born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
1963 When The Beatles play The Royal Variety Performance in London in front of an audience that includes the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, John Lennon says, "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry."
1961 Bob Dylan plays to a crowd of 53 at his Carnegie Hall debut, his first concert outside of the Greenwich Village scene. The show takes place in the smaller Chapter Hall auditorium.
1956 James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitarist for The Pretenders) is born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England.
1954 Rock musician and songwriter Chris Difford (of Squeeze) is born in Greenwich, London, England.
1953 Van Stephenson (tenor vocalist for the country band BlackHawk) is born in Hamilton, Ohio, but relocates to Nashville, Tennessee, at age 10.
1947 Mike Smith (tenor saxophonist for Amen Corner) is born in Neath, South Wales.
1944 Scherrie Payne (of The Supremes) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1940 Blues rocker Delbert McClinton, known for the 1992 country duet (with Tanya Tucker) "Tell Me About It," is born in Lubbock, Texas.
1938 R&B singer Harry Elston (of Friends Of Distinction) is born in Dallas, Texas.
1847 German composer Felix Mendelssohn dies after a series of strokes at age 38.
1963Newsweek runs a story on Bob Dylan insinuating that he stole the song "Blowin' In The Wind."
1998 Michael Jackson announces that wife Debbie Rowe is pregnant with his first child, denying tabloid reports that Rowe was paid to be artificially impregnated and carry the child to term.
1997 Shania Twain's third album, Come On Over, is released.More
1994 Dick Dale, riding a wave of surf-rock revival, appears on The Late Show with David Letterman.
1991 Irish alt rockers My Bloody Valentine release Loveless, an album that would define the shoegazing genre and simultaneously drive guitarist Kevin Shields to the brink of insanity.More
1991 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 7th class of inductees, including Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. & the MG's, Sam & Dave, The Yardbirds, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, and Bobby "Blue" Bland.